Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was “delighted” that an agreement had been reached and stressed the importance of municipal employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. TORONTO — The City of Toronto and the union, which represents its more than 20,000 internal employees, have reached a preliminary agreement to avoid a possible work stoppage. Saturday, June 27, 2020 – Members of the Canadian Public Employment Union Local 79 (CUPE Local 79) today ratified a 5-year collective agreement for their four City of Toronto bargaining units: full-time, part-time, Unit B homes, and part-time and long-term care services. Today, City Council unanimously ratified the four (4) five-year contracts with the Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, the union that represents the city`s 24,000 internal employees. This follows ratification on 27 June by members of CUPE Local 79. The collective agreement is similar (and slightly inferior) to other recent public sector agreements. At the end of the day, if the two sides were completely contested, a referee would have been appealed. Experience shows that arbitrators tend to use current models as a model. The collective agreements negotiated by the Labour Relations Board are expected to save the City more than $140 million over the next six years. “The five-year agreement is fair to Toronto residents and local 79 workers,” the city said in a statement. Last week, City Council approved new collective agreements with Locals 416 and 79, which will save the City money and provide the services we depend on. “Full-time urban workers told us that the language of job security should be a priority, while part-time workers insisted on the desire to access benefits and improve planning procedures.
I am proud that we have been able to achieve these priorities for our members in this agreement. A provisional agreement has been reached. CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto reached a preliminary agreement and avoided a work stoppage. Further details will be announced after ratification by our members and city council. #TOpoli #Toronto The city and the union reached a negotiated solution in March 2020, but COVID-19 response efforts have prevented ratification so far. The city met its bargaining objectives, which were approved during several months of meetings of council`s labour relations committee. The agreements were also ratified by majority members of both unions. Settlement Protocol between the City of Toronto and Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416 (CUPE) – January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. “I am pleased that we have reached a fair agreement during these negotiations. COVID-19 has delayed our ratification, but today we have a five-year agreement that is on time, affordable and responsible.
I would like to thank our collaborators who continue to provide excellent services to our city during this pandemic. I appreciate their commitment and hard work for our people. “This agreement is modern, affordable and responsible. If the details are released after ratification by the union and the council, you will see that the deal fulfills the city`s goals,” Tory said in a state ministry published on Saturday. . . .