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. The news comes a week after the City and its external workers ratified a new collective agreement. “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. With the coronavirus pandemic now a central concern, Mitchell said it was essential that the City of Toronto be able to complete the negotiations. The City of Toronto`s full-time, part-time, recreational and long-term care (LTC) units and cupE 79 are seeking to negotiate extensions to their collective agreements that expired on December 31, 2019. The parties are negotiating before the 12:01 .m. deadline expires on Saturday morning. If no agreement is reached by the deadline, there may be a work stoppage. Faced with a global pandemic here and the deadline for work stoppages at the door, the head of Canada`s largest union today called on the City of Toronto to reach an agreement.
“The five-year contract is fair to the people of Toronto and the 79 local workers,” the city said in a statement. The @CityOfToronto has reached a preliminary agreement with @CUPELocal79. I am pleased that we have reached a preliminary agreement with Local 79, particularly given the important role our employees play in the COVID-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/eGB5kZxVP7 The City of Toronto and the union representing its more than 20,000 workers have reached an interim agreement that prevents a possible work stoppage. CUPE Local 79 represents employees in four separate rate units: recreational workers, long-term workers, key city employees and part-time city workers. The five-year collective agreements between CUPE Local 79 and the City of Toronto apply for the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. Settlement protocol between the City of Toronto and Civic Employees Union Local 416 (CUPE) – January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. Mitchell noted that CUPE 79 negotiates on behalf of four separate units with different priorities, and stated, “If the City of Toronto is serious about negotiations, it must stop the cookie cutter.” . . . City of Toronto Collective Agreement and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 Unit B – Part-time – January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015.