City to announce contingency plan in impending outside workers strike

Feb 20 2020, 8:16 am

The City of Toronto will announce a labour disruption contingency plan later today regarding the impending strike, or lockout, of outside workers set to happen on February 27.

Toronto’s outside workers include those who deal with garbage and recycling collection, east of Yonge Street, water treatment, road maintenance, and snow clearing.

TCEU Local 416 – CUPE — the union that represents outside workers — have been in a state of collective bargaining with the city for more than four months.

Both sides have been unable to reach an agreement and while some issues have been agreed upon, those that remain outstanding include job security, parental leave, benefits, and wages.

City Manager, Chris Murray, will outline what will happen with service delivery in the event that the strike takes place, involving the city’s approximately 5,000 outside workers.

Earlier this month, the union announced in a statement that the city requested a no-board report, meaning that Local 416 and the city would be in either a legal strike or lockout position.

“The city wants a contract that creates two-tiered job security provisions, and paves the way for privatization and contracting out of services that the people of Toronto rely on,” Eddie Mariconda, president of the union said in the statement. “All along we have been reasonable in trying a deal that protects services and respects the work our members do.”