The union representing than 28,000 City of Toronto workers once again tabled a joint offer to city council on Wednesday.
With a potential strike just days away, the two sides have intensified talks in hopes to avert a work stoppage.
Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong say there’s a real sense of urgency at the table, but the sides are still very far apart.
“We’ve offered a wage increase, but we’ve ask for some changes to the benefits package.” said Minnan-Wong.
“They would like a significant wage increase and they aren’t prepared to make pretty much any changes to anything else. That creates a very difficult position for us.”
The two locals on the verge of walking off the job have made it clear that concessions over the current 2012 contract, will not be a part of any deal they agree to. The unions latest offer primarily includes a modest salary hike, and job security for full time, part time, and temporary workers.
Local 416 representing the city’s 5,400 outdoor workers can strike or be locked out as early as 12:01am Friday morning, while the larger of the two Local 79 representing about 23,000 workers can take job action, Saturday at 12:01am.
The city has put together a Contingency Service Delivery Plan which would take effect at 1 p.m. on Friday.
TTC, Toronto Police, Fire Services, Paramedic Services, Long-Term Care Homes and Services as well as the TTC, Toronto Community Housing properties and most Toronto Public Library branches will not be affected by the labour disruption.