Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

July 27, 2009 17:53 ET

Toronto City Workers Achieve Tentative Agreements

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - The unions representing more than 24,000 municipal workers have reached tentative agreements with the city of Toronto, bringing the strike that started June 22 closer to an end.

"I'm so proud of my members for holding the line, standing up for their rights and giving their bargaining committee the ability to fight back all the concessions the city sought from us," said Mark Ferguson, president of Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416 CUPE, representing about 6,200 outside workers.

"I want to thank the strike committee, the picket captains and the bargaining committee for their hard work in achieving this settlement," said CUPE Local 79 President Ann Dembinski, representing more than 18,000 inside workers covered by four collective agreements. "I would also like to thank Toronto residents for their patience and understanding. Our members are anxious to get back to work, providing the quality services Torontonians rely on."

The locals attributed their success in large part to the coordination that began when both entered negotiations at the beginning of the year. Both locals plan to hold ratification votes on Wednesday. Picket lines will remain in place until the agreements are ratified.

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