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Strike could end Friday

Labour unrest may end tomorrow and workers return July 31
CUPE local 79 has voted for contract, local 416 to decide today
By Kris Scheuer

Garbage workers may be back on the job as soon as tomorrow.
Around midnight Thursday, CUPE local 416 president Mark Ferguson released a statement that the final details on a tentative deal had been hammered out.
As well, sticking points on back to work protocol including allowing striking garbage collectors to help with the massive clean-up have been ironed out.
This union will hold a vote for members today between 10-6 to ratify the city’s three-contract offer.
“The last two days have been grueling and necessary to ensure our members return to work with collective agreement protection,” said Ferguson in a July 30 statement released after midnight. 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