Two of the city’s biggest Unions are out of contract, and CUPE Local 79 members are deciding whether or not to give leadership a strike mandate, this weekend.
Agreements with CUPE Local 416, which represents 6,000 of the city’s outside workers, and CUPE Local 79, representing 20,000 inside workers, expired on December 31st.
Union leaders are looking to get member support for a strike should ongoing contract negotiations with the city go bad.
CUPE Local 416 members will do their voting Tuesday and Wednesday.
Among the issues for CUPE 79, Cuts to sick pay and benefits, less stability in shifts and hours of work, and more full-time jobs turned into part-time jobs, with fewer benefits.
The city has refused to publicly discuss the negotiations with the unions, and has brought on a conciliator to work on negotiations with CUPE 416.
This puts pressure on Mayor John Tory’s plan for the city’s operating budget, and the Mayor has publically acknowledge that negotiations will be difficult with the unions, but does not see the strike mandate being sought as an unusual course of action.