Mayor John Tory says the city has a reasonable offer on the table for its workers and he see’s no reason why a deal shouldn’t be reached today.
Tory says he knows how important the city staff are saying “They deliver front line services and keep our divisions and city running,” Tory praised the workers as among the best in the province.
He says he has told negotiators to keep the pressure on to get an agreement today so the city won’t have uncertainty hanging over it.
Thousands of unionized outdoor workers could be on strike or locked just after midnight if a labour deal isn’t reached. The city’s inside workers will be in the same position 24 hours later.
The Mayor says he see’s ” A sense of urgency about getting a deal done today. I think it is possible.”
Union leaders for both groups have said they are willing to continue negotiations past the deadlines if talks progress but Tory wouldn’t speculate and says he hopes a deal can be done today.
CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire, who represents inside workers says they are hoping the city will ”meet them half way” but that they would resist any attempts by the city to impose a contract without consensus.