Statement - City of Toronto ready to work through union strike deadline to reach a negotiated settlement

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto today confirmed that it
continues to bargain with both the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416
(CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 with the
goal of reaching a negotiated settlement. The City remains committed to
negotiating until a settlement is reached, regardless of the deadline that has
been set in place by the unions.
    The City provides numerous services that impact Torontonians every day
and continues to work on reaching an agreement that is fair to employees,
affordable to residents and businesses, and gives managers what they need to
deliver services in a very diverse city.
    The City has announced a contingency plan in the event of a labour
disruption. Police, Fire, TTC and Long Term Care Homes & Services (Homes for
the Aged) will not be affected by a labour disruption. Emergency calls for
ambulance/paramedic services will continue as usual. Non-emergency and low
priority calls may be affected. The City's water supply and sewage treatment
systems will continue to function within established safety and quality
    Resident and businesses with questions about the contingency plan may
contact Access Toronto by calling at 416-338-0338/TTY 416-338-0889. Access
Toronto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore residents may call
after normal business hours when call volumes may be lower. Updated
information about City services and programs is also available at

    Media Briefings

    The City will not be holding a news conference today. There will be news
conferences on the weekend to provide updates, as below. The City will also
immediately issue news releases and/or hold additional news conferences on any
major developments, and therefore only these two briefings are scheduled.

    Dates and Times:   Saturday, June 20, at 2:00 p.m.
                       Sunday, June 21, at 5:00 p.m.

    Location:          Metro Hall, 55 John Street, main floor.
                       Media are asked to enter through the King Street
                       entrance. Trucks can park on the patio in front of the
                       building (at the King Street entrance).

    Note that CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto have agreed to the
mediator's recommendation that there be no comments on the negotiations at
this time.

    Local 416:

    The Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) represents about
6,200 outside workers. Bargaining commenced with the exchange of proposals at
the first meeting on January 16, 2009, and the parties have had 45 meetings
(full or part days of meetings across the table) since that time. There is one
collective agreement to be concluded with Local 416.

    Local 79:

    CUPE Local 79 represents over 11,600 full-time inside and 12,750
part-time inside, Long Term Care Homes and Services (Homes for the Aged) and
recreation workers. Bargaining commenced with the exchange of proposals at the
first meeting on February 9, 2009, and the parties have had more than 55
meetings (full or part days of meetings across the table) since then. There
are four collective agreements to be concluded with Local 79.

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For further information: Media contact: Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic
Communications, (416) 397-5277 (o), (416) 919-6500 (cell), email

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