City of Toronto announces labour disruption contingency plan

Today, the City of Toronto announced its contingency plan for service delivery in the event of a labour disruption involving members of the Toronto Civic Employees' Union (TCEU) Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79.

"We remain very much committed to reaching negotiated settlements but we must also be responsible in preparing our operational contingency plans in advance of a potential labour disruption," said City Manager Peter Wallace. "As always, there is a high priority on maintaining public safety and ensuring the delivery of as many critical services as possible."

In the event of a labour disruption, Toronto Police, Fire Services, Paramedic Services, Long-Term Care Homes and Services (Homes for the Aged) as well as the TTC, Toronto Community Housing properties and most Toronto Public Library branches would not be affected. The City remains prepared to respond to emergency situations. The City’s water supply and sewage treatment systems will also continue to function within established safety and quality standards.

In the event of a labour disruption, there will be significant impacts to services and programs. Residents and businesses are asked to be patient as the negotiation process continues.

The City's contingency plan and any future updates will be posted on the City website http://www.toronto.ca/labourdisruption. Residents and businesses with questions about the contingency plan may also call 311.

The City's approximately 4,200 outside workers represented by CUPE Local 416 will be in a legal strike position and the City will be in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m., or one minute past midnight, on Friday, February 19. Additionally, the City's approximately 21,000 inside workers represented by CUPE Local 79, will be in a legal strike position and the City will be in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m., or one minute past midnight, on Saturday, February 20.

The City has been at the table with its bargaining agents since the fall and remains committed to negotiating new collective agreements that are fair and reasonable to employees and residents and that allow the City to respond effectively to the needs of Toronto residents and businesses.

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