Tag Archives: CUPE local 416

Toronto services held up by strike

No date yet for city services to resume
Without a vote by local 416 garbage may continue to fester
By Kris Scheuer
(Originally published July 29 for Town Crier.)

Summer is still on hold.
When a tentative deal was reached between striking unions and the city on Monday Mayor David Miller said the next challenge is “bringing summer back.” 
But today, Miller was unable release details of when city services, such as garbage collection and day camps, would resume. As of this afternoon, CUPE local 416 had yet to schedule a vote on the tentative agreement with the city. 
“The intent of this press conference was to announce a schedule for the resumption of services. Until (CUPE) locals 79 and 416 sign on to back-to-work protocol, we can’t do that,” Miller said this afternoon. “I regret that.”
He added, “We wanted to have our employees back to work as early as Thursday morning.” Continue reading

City and unions strike a deal

Tentative agreement between city and striking CUPE members
Unions to take new contract to vote as soon as July 29

Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier.
By Kris Scheuer
(Originally written July 27 for Town Crier.)
The city reached a settlement today to end the 36-day strike, Mayor David Miller announced this afternoon. 
“Without question this has been a difficult period for everyone,” Miller said at a 3:30 p.m. press conference.
“It’s good news for the 30,000 women and men who can now get back to doing the jobs they do so well. It’s especially good news for the residents and businesses that count on city services especially the families and children who have been struggling without access to city run daycares, camps and pools.” 
Miller thanked Torontonians for their patience and co-operation “under very difficult circumstances.” Continue reading

Toronto union and city reach deal

Union has a tentative contract with city: CUPE local 416 pres Mark Ferguson
Kris Scheuer
(Story updated today, here.)
Ding dong, the strike may now be dead. It’s a day 36 of a city strike and at 8:30 this morning, I just heard CUPE local 416 pres Mark Ferguson announce live on CBC radio that his union, which includes garbage workers, have the basis for a deal with the municipal government.
“I’m please to say we have a basis for a deal. We still have the final pieces to put together,” Ferguson announced this morning.
When he announced this, there were loud cheers from the strikers in from the Delta Toronto East in Scarborough where negotiations have been taking place around the clock this weekend.
You can read Ferguson’s full comments,here.
He also released a written statement today to  union members saying, “We have the basis of a deal to end the strike and get you back to work. Continue reading

Union issues ultimatum to city

Mark Ferguson, pres of CUPE local 416 issues new deadline for contract
If settlement not reached by midnight July 26, union negotiators walk away
By Kris Scheuer

So it’s day 33 of the strike and the union has issued an ultimatum to the city.
It is a day off for me at my job as a city hall news journalist, but I wanted to update you on the labour dispute.
It’s just before 5 p.m. July 24 and I’m watching a press conference televised live with Mark Ferguson, president of CUPE local 416. He just made a dramatic announcement that if his union and city negotiators don’t reach a labour settlement by midnight this Sunday, July 26 then CUPE local 416 will walk away from negotiations.
“I few minutes ago, I told the city’s negotiators that time is running out. We must have a settlement by midnight Sunday…or we are finished,” said Ferguson.
For the full transcript of his remarks, click here. Continue reading

Toronto beaches unsafe to swim

City water tests reveal four city beaches temporarily contain too much E.coli
Sunnyside, Woodbine, Balmy, Bluffer’s beaches are risky for swims today: city
By Kris Scheuer

Swimmer dives in at Woodbine Beach. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

The good news is Cherry Beach is totally safe for a splashing in, according to the July 24 test results by the water department.
Unfortunately, that is the only Toronto beach with safe levels of E.coli posted today.
The city recommends against swimming at Sunnyside, Woodbine, Kew-Balmy and Bluffer’s due to high levels of E.coli detected in beach water.
So Torontonians and visitors, would you swim at any of the city’s beaches?
Have your say, are our beaches swim worthy or not? Continue reading

More Toronto strikers ask to return to work

Since strike began 615 union members request to go back to city jobs

By Kris Scheuer
(Written July 16 for Town Crier newspaper.)
As the city strike nears four weeks, the number of unionized employees asking to come back to work is on the rise. 
On July 15, city hall indicated over 600 members of CUPE locals 416 and 79 had asked to cross the picket lines. 
“We have had, as of an hour ago, 615 people request to come back to work,” city manager Joseph Pennachetti said at a July 15 press conference.
The week before on July 9, city spokesperson Rob Andrusevich told the Town Crier almost 500 strikers had filed paperwork to come back to work.
“There’s a process they have to go through so not all of them are back to work,” Andrusevich said. “We are trying to get them back in jobs that are as similar as possible to the work they were doing.”
On July 3 when the Town Crier asked Mayor David Miller, he indicated over 300 union employees were back on the job at that time. Continue reading

Toronto unions reject city’s latest offer

CUPE outraged Miller chose to negotiate a strike deal in public
Unions present counterproposal to city in private

By Kris Scheuer
The city’s striking unions are keeping their cards close to their chests by not revealing the counter-offer they will be presenting a response to Mayor David Miller’s latest offer tonight
Miller made the city’s offer public at a press conference held earlier today, click here for that story
Mark Ferguson, president of local 416, told the
Town Crier he is not impressed with the city’s strategy of bargaining in public. 
“The long and the short of it is we are disgusted the city would result to this strategy instead of bargaining (in private),” Ferguson said July 10. “The strategy was ill advised.” 
Union locals 416 and 79, on strike since June 22, represent city workers employed in various municipal departments, including garbage collection and parks and recreation. 
He said the unions have reviewed the city’s latest offer of wage increases of one percent this year, followed by one percent next year, two percent in 2011 and three percent in 2012. 
“We are disappointed the city’s wage (offer) is wholly inadequate,” Ferguson said. 
A more reasonable offer is pay hikes of three percent or more yearly, which is more in line with what other unions have received from the city, he added. 
“We don’t believe our members are second class citizens,” he said.
Continue reading

City reveals strike settlement offer publicly

Toronto Mayor David Miller unveils city’s proposal to unions
It includes 7.2 pay hike over 4 years and paying employees for banked sick days

By Kris Scheuer
For the first time since the high stakes game between the city and its striking unions began, the mayor gambled by publicly revealing his cards.
Since the strike began June 22, the city has held its cards close to their chest. Today that changed.
The city laid out
what it considers a winning hand by offering striking employees a wage hike of 7.2 percent spread over four years.
The city contract offer starts with a one-percent raise this year, the same next year, followed by a two percent hike in 2011 and three percent in 2012.
See the whole proposal here.
“Over the last three weeks employees and Torontonians have been given very little information. There are good reasons for that as it’s always better to negotiate at the table than through the media,” Mayor David Miller said at a press conference the morning of July 10. “Yesterday our negotiators tabled an offer that I believe should allow us to end this strike today.”
“After more than 160 meetings with the two union locals and provincial conciliators, we are ready to reveal details of this offer to ensure that Torontonians and city workers are well informed on key bargaining issues,” he said today. Continue reading