Strike avoided as outside workers' union reaches tentative deal with City of Toronto

Feb 29 2020, 10:17 am

The union representing the City of Toronto’s 5,000 or so outside workers reached a tentative deal with the city last night, avoiding a potential strike.

The city and TCEU Local 416 released a joint statement Friday night saying the agreement is “fair to Toronto residents and Local 416 workers.”

The union represents garbage collectors, snow clearers, road maintenance workers, and water treatment workers in Toronto. The agreement means city arenas will remain open and curbside garbage collection will continue.

The deal remains confidential for the time being, and details will be made public after it’s ratified by City Council later this week.

“This agreement is timely, it is affordable, and it is responsible,” Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters Saturday morning. “I firmly believe this is a good outcome for everyone.”

The workers have been without a contract since December, and union representatives have been in negotiations for the past sixth months, including spending the last few days with mediator William Kaplan.

The sticking points were over job security, parental leave, benefits, and wages.