Approximately 5,000 outside workers at the city of Toronto could be on strike or locked out as of February. 27 now that the city has received a “no board” report from the Ontario labour ministry. This means that the city and union will be in a legal position for a strike or lockout as of 12 am that day.
The outside workers work in such areas as animal services, parks and recreation outside, water, solid waste management, paramedic services and community housing.
The city said the ministry issued the report to the city on Monday in its dispute with CUPE Local 416. Negotiators for the city and union have been bargaining for more than four months, but talks have stalled.
The city meanwhile is working on contingency plans in the event of a work stoppage. Those plans will outline which services will be suspended due to a strike or lock out and which services will continue.
Services that could be affected include garbage collection east of Yonge Street and 10 per cent of winter maintenance operations. Garbage collection west of Yonge Street and 90 per cent of winter maintenance, which includes snow clearing, are contracted out.
Typically, no board reports are issued within days if contract talks are at an impasse.
Job security, wages, benefits and parental leave are outstanding issues. The city said it requested the no board report after “much consideration.”
The contract between the city and the union local, which represents 5,000 outside workers, expired on December 31, 2019. -CINEWS