Talks between the city and the union representing Toronto’s indoor workers are set to reconvene, as CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire says there was a misunderstanding and he is calling the provincial mediator back to the bargaining table.
A final offer from the city was put forth to CUPE Local 79 on Saturday night and there was confusion that set in after that, where it was believed that both sides walked away from the table.
Mayor John Tory spoke on Sunday morning asking the union to reconsider bringing the mediator back into negotiations.
He also indicated that he felt a fair deal must meet the requirements of the workers, the city and the public.
“The bottom line, the City’s last offer to Local 79 would ensure that our employees would still receive leading wages and benefits, and have some of the best terms and conditions of employment available in either the public or private sector anywhere in Ontario.”
CUPE President Tim Maguire said on Sunday that the city’s proposal would reduce job security through cuts and restructuring.
“It would create a two tier job protection system and we need to know that our members are protected from contracting out services.”
The deadline had been extended twice before a “Work-to-Rule” campaign went into effect on Monday, February 21st.
To view the offer made by the City of Toronto to its insider workers click here.