The City of Toronto has requested a’ no board report’ regarding collective agreement bargaining with the union representing Toronto’s outside workers.
The request made to the Ontario Minister of Labour follows the appointment of a conciliator to assist in negotiations between the City and Toronto Civic Employees Union (CUPE) Local 416 in December, however a news release issued on Friday states that ”the conciliation process has not been effective to date and there has been little progress between the parties.”
It adds that as a result of this lack of progress, ”the City has taken the next legal step available in its ongoing efforts to negotiate an agreement.”
The request means that the union will be in a legal strike position and the City in a legal lockout position in approximately 17 days from the date of issuance.
According to the Ministry of Labour, several requests have been made for what’s called a “no-board” report in negotiations with both CUPE locals representing 6,000 outside workers and 20,000 inside employees.
Once the ministry issues such a report, the two sides will be in a legal strike or lockout position 17 days later.
Commenting on the move, Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair of the City’s Employee and Labour Relations Committee said that “The City of Toronto is committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is why we have taken this step,” adding that “we are hopeful that if meaningful negotiations can get underway without further delay, a resolution can be achieved during this 17-day period.”
CUPE 416, which represents outside workers such as garbage collectors, park staff and snow plow operators has been without a contract since Dec. 31.
Members of the union voted in favour of potential strike action earlier in January should negotiations with the city fail.