Update – City of Toronto Labour Negotiations

As you know, the City of Toronto has been engaged in ongoing negotiations with CUPE Local 416, representing 4,200 outside workers, and CUPE Local 79, representing 21,000 inside workers.

The city’s outside workers will be in a legal strike position and the city will be in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on the morning of Friday, February 19.

Additionally, the city’s inside workers will be in a legal strike position and the city will be in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, February 20.

The city 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.

However, in the event of a labour disruption, the city will implement its contingency plan to address the operation of key city services that will be affected. There is a high priority on maintaining public safety while ensuring the delivery of as many critical services as possible.

If a labour disruption involving Local 416 and Local 79 does occur, meetings and events may be cancelled or rescheduled.

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.

Affected Services

Services that will be affected by a labour disruption include:

  • Cancellation of all community consultations and public meetings
  • Suspension of development application processing
  • Closure of city-run daycare centres and services
  • Suspension of licensing and permitting services
  • Closure of parks and recreation facilities (not operated by Boards of Management), including community centres, fitness centres, indoor and outdoor rinks and aquatic facilities)
  • Suspension of garbage collection east of Yonge St.
  • Suspension of in-person payment of parking tickets
  • Suspension of routine street cleaning and routine road repairs
  • Delayed winter road operations
  • Delayed online parking permits

Visit the city’s Contingency Service Delivery Plan webpage for up-to-date information on the specific services that will be affected in the event of a labour disruption.

For more information

Questions about the City’s service delivery and program impacts during a labour disruption can be directed to 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please note that 311’s online service requests, mobile applications and email service will be suspended during a labour disruption. Always call 911 for emergencies. Higher than normal call volumes and wait times can be expected during a labour disruption.

Service updates will also be communicated via the city’s Twitter account, @TorontoComms.

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