Negotiators from CUPE Local 79 and the city agreed to a 24-hour extension for contract talks on Friday night.
A new deadline has been set for 12:01am, Sunday.
The union chief for the city’s 23,000 indoor staff characterized the on going discussions at the bargaining table as “far apart” as the hours passed towards a 12:01am strike or lockout deadline Saturday morning.
During a break in negotiations Friday afternoon, Union boss Tim Maguire said “We’re not focused on midnight, tonight. Our goal, is to get collective agreements that represent the front line workers.”
When asked how close they are to a deal with the city, Maguire said ” I would characterize ourselves as far apart on the key issues.”
He also went on to say, he’s confident from polling that’s been done, that Toronto residents understand it’s okay for a union to protect good jobs.
Meanwhile, the union representing about 5,000 outside workers reached a tentative deal with the city earlier Friday after marathon talks.
Negotiations with CUPE Local 416 went passed the deadline Friday morning, but the two side did emerge with a deal.
No details of the tentative agreement were released.