CUPE Local 79 represents employees in four separate rate units: recreational workers, long-term workers, key city employees and part-time city workers. TORONTO — The City of Toronto and the union representing its more than 20,000 workers have reached a preliminary agreement that prevents a possible work stoppage. If you want a copy of your collective agreement on paper, talk to your trustee. If you don`t know who your administrator is or how to contact your office, contact the CUPE office near you. For the presentation of staff at today`s Council meeting, Collective Bargaining – Tentative Agreements, City of Toronto TCEU Local 416 and City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79 – www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-22639.pdf The news comes one week after the ratification of a new collective agreement by the city and its external workers. The wage agreement is similar (and slightly less than) to other recent public sector agreements. At the end of the day, if both parties behaved completely, an arbitrator would have been called. Experience shows that arbitrators tend to use current models as a model. The collective agreements negotiated by the working committee are expected to save the city more than $140 million over the next six years. Negotiations between the city and the union had been ongoing for three months.
The union last month called for a non-board report that triggered a countdown to union actions, in which both sides will go on legal strike or in a lockout position. “Our bargaining committee has worked hard to negotiate an agreement that has improved municipal workers in every bargaining unit and recognizes the hard work our members are doing to deal with Toronto,” said Dave Mitchell, President of CUPE Local 79. The city met its negotiating objectives, which were approved during several months of Council working committee meetings. The agreements were also ratified by majorities of members of both unions. The five-year collective agreements between CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto cover the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. “This agreement is fast, affordable and responsible. When the details are released after ratification by the union and the council, you will see that the agreement meets the city`s objectives,” Tory said in a statement released Saturday. Last week, the City Council approved new collective agreements with Residents 416 and 79, which save the city money and provide the services on which we depend.
“The city`s full-time workers told us that the language of job security should be a priority, while part-time workers emphasized the desire to get lifts to benefits and improve planning procedures. I am proud that we have been able to achieve these priorities for our members in this agreement. Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was “pleased” that an agreement had been reached and stressed the importance of municipal employees during the COVID 19 outbreak. All CUPE members work under the protection of a collective agreement called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve workplace issues.