The City of Toronto`s full-time, part-time, recreation and long-term care (CTA) units are attempting to negotiate renewals to their collective agreements, which expired on December 31, 2019. The parties negotiate before the expiry of a period of 12:01.m. Saturday morning. If no agreement is reached by the deadline, there could be a work stoppage. „I am pleased that we have reached a fair agreement during these negotiations. COVID-19 has delayed our ratification, but today we have a five-year agreement that is on time, affordable and responsible. I would like to thank our collaborators who continue to provide excellent services to our city during this pandemic. I appreciate their commitment and hard work for our people. The news comes a week after the city and its outside workers ratified a new collective agreement. If the details are made public after ratification by the union and council, you will see that the agreement fulfills the city`s goals,” Tory said in a state ministry published on Saturday. The collective agreement is similar (and slightly inferior) to other recent public sector agreements.
At the end of the day, if the two sides were completely contested, a referee would have been appealed. Experience shows that arbitrators tend to use current models as a model. The collective agreements negotiated by the Labour Relations Board are expected to save the City more than $140 million over the next six years. „The bargaining committees of City and CUPE Local 79 worked hard to reach an agreement without a work stoppage. I thank them for doing everything in their power to achieve a fair outcome for both the staff and the people of our city. A provisional agreement has been reached. CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto reached a preliminary agreement and avoided a work stoppage. Further details will be announced after ratification by our members and city council. #TOpoli #Toronto The city and the union reached a negotiated solution in March 2020, but COVID-19 response efforts have prevented ratification so far. The five-year collective agreements between CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto apply for the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was „pleased” that an agreement had been reached and stressed the importance of municipal employees during the outbreak of COVID-19. .