City of Toronto workers are now on strike
Services disrupted include:
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Mayor Miller Statement
- Was also broadcast live by AM 680 News radio
Date: June 22, 2009 Time: 1:00 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall, Members' Lounge, 100 Queen Street West .
Statement by Mayor David Miller - disappointed that no agreement reached
I am very disappointed that we have been unable to reach an agreement with the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79.
City negotiators worked very hard to put the kind of proposals forward that would have resulted in a fair agreement. It is regrettable that those were not accepted by locals 416 and 79.
As things stand, members of locals 416 and 79 will not be on the job today. I know that this will inconvenience Torontonians in many different ways.
I am asking residents and businesses to be as patient as possible while a resolution to the strike is pursued.
The cooperation of everyone will be needed.
The City has committed to maintaining those services that ensure the health and safety of Torontonians and protect our most vulnerable.
Police, fire and TTC services remain unaffected by this disruption. And although impacted by the work stoppage, emergency medical services will continue to operate and clients who currently receive Ontario Works benefits will continue to do so without interruption.
Most other regular services will be either reduced or cancelled during this time and I regret the hardship this will place on our residents.
For a complete list of our contingency plans, please visit www.Toronto.ca
While we will continue to negotiate with the union locals during a strike I want residents and businesses to know that we are working in their interests to protect the future of services in our City.
From the very start of bargaining the City has stated clearly that new collective agreements need to be negotiated based on three important principles:
agreements must be fair to the City's employees;
agreements must be affordable to Torontonians; and
agreements must contain the changes necessary to permit the Toronto Public Service to deliver the best possible services to our City
Given the City's financial circumstances, the recession, the increasing demand for City services and the limited revenues of the City, these principles of bargaining made sense and still do.
The cost of providing services must be in balance with the revenues the City has available to pay the bills.
I again want to thank our negotiating teams and I know they share my disappointment at not reaching an agreement.
The negotiating teams are committed to continuing to work hard until an agreement is reached.
While reaching a negotiated settlement was the objective of our bargaining we must ensure that any settlement is truly fair and affordable - and we will continue to work with the unions on achieving that goal.
City workers provide incredibly valuable services - many of them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyone recognizes the value of City services and the contribution they make to our quality of life.
We look forward to resolving the matter as quickly as possible.
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City of Toronto Info
- City of Toronto labour disruption webpage
- Toronto condo/apt dwellers: check this unwieldy 85 pg PDF to see if your building is affected by strike
- All City Council and committee meetings are cancelled for the duration of a strike
- All Toronto Public Library branches are Open except these five are closed: Armour Heights Library, Flemingdon Park Library, St. James Town Library, Todmorden Room Library, Port Union Library
- Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 79
- Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416 - Unconfirmed FAKE/REAL Twitter account: http://twitter.com/local416
- Local 416 - Press Releases ARchive
Mainstream Media Reports
- Toronto on strike: City tells residents to obey picketers - By Peter Kuitenbrouwer, National Post
- Toronto on strike: Saying ‘I have to pee,’ elderly woman forces her way past pickets - By Emily Senger, National Post
- Toronto on strike: With island ferry out, Centreville park is out of reach - By Emily Senger, National Post
- Toronto city workers on strike - The Globe and Mail, Jennifer Lewington
- CITY HALL: City workers on strike - Toronto Community News / InsideToronto
- Toronto city workers on strike - PostedToronto / National Post
- Toronto City Workers Strike Begins as Negotiations Break Down - Bloomberg, New York City
- CITY OF TORONTO WORKERS ARE ON STRIKE - CFRB
- Two of Toronto's major unions go on strike - CTV Toronto
- Talks collapse, city workers strike - Toronto Star
- City workers strike is official: Unions - CP24
- City Braces For Smelly Summer As Garbage Collectors Strike - CityNews
- 24,000 Toronto city workers walk off the job after talks fail - CBC Toronto
Opinions / Editorials
- City workers' strike brought about by bad timing - Royson James, Toronto Star
- The City of Toronto – Where all they Care About is the Garbage - Why CUPE member Donnie MacBraughton supports TOStrike
- It’s Official CUPE 416 and 79 Are On Strike - Civic activist John Laforet highlights the hypocrisy of Toronto City Council.
- Unions living in dreamland - Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail
- A few thoughts on Garbage Strike ‘09. It sucks, but maybe it's a chance to rethink municipal services - Graeme Stewart
- Toronto on strike: A bad day for city unions, a bad day for David Miller - By Peter Kuitenbrouwer, National Post