Toronto Collective Agreements

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. Service site updated reopening – see www.toronto.ca/returntoservices/index.htm Today, the City Council unanimously ratifies the four (4) five-year agreements with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, the union that represents the city`s 24,000 insiders. This follows the ratification by CUPE Local 79 members on 27 June. Collective agreements set out the terms and conditions of employment of unionized workers as well as the rights, privileges and obligations of the union, employer and 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. 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 Five-year collective agreements between CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto cover the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. 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. Saturday, June 27, 2020 – Members of the Canadian Union of Local Employees 79 (CUPE Local 79) today ratified a 5-year collective agreement for their four City of Toronto bargaining units: full-time, part-time, part-time unit B and long-term care services.

CUPE Local 79 represents more than 20,000 City of Toronto employees working in all neighbourhoods of the city, including those working in homeless shelters, public health services, food services/water inspection, planning, transportation, child care, employment and social services, recreation programs and long-term care. Strikes are a difficult part of our democracy. I can`t tell you how relieved I am that this strike is over. We all knew that we would not be able to retroactively recover existing bank days. Workers who had accumulated at the time had done so under legal contracts.