Could there be another garbage strike in Toronto?
The possibility is there, after members of the Civic Employees Union, CUPE Local 416, gave their bargaining team a “very strong mandate” to take on a number of actions, including a work stoppage.
“We are very gratified by what can only be described as an very strong vote for a strike mandate. With this mandate, we are confident that we are in a position to negotiate an agreement that can strengthen the City’s services by providing the workers who deliver those services with good, stable jobs. We hope that our members’ strong show of support for their bargaining committee will encourage the city to negotiate a fair deal with us.” – Matt Alloway, a member of the bargaining committee.
The local covers roughly 6, 000 workers including garbage collectors and parks staff.
Back in 2009, failure on both sides to reach a deal resulted in a nearly 40-day garbage strike.
Earlier on Wednesday, CUPE Local 79, which represents 20,000 inside workers, asked the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer to help out with it’s bargaining process.