Metropolis’s inside staff give bargaining workforce strike mandate

Chris Fox,

Printed Monday, January 20, 2020 2:29PM EST

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The union representing about 20,000 of town’s inside staff now has a strike mandate however solely within the occasion that ongoing negotiations with town fail to make any headway.

CUPE 79 has introduced that members voted 90 per cent in favour of giving their bargaining workforce a strike mandate final week.

Negotiations, nonetheless, are anticipated to proceed with none job motion being taken for now.

“Metropolis staff predict a contract that’s truthful and acknowledges their laborious work,” CUPE 79 President Dave Mitchell mentioned in a press launch. “Our members took massive hits of their final two contracts and this vote offers a transparent sign that they will not stand for extra — they’ve had sufficient.”

CUPE 79 represents public well being nurses, youngster care staff, courtroom companies employees, ambulance dispatchers and social service workers, amongst others.

Talks between town and CUPE 79 have been ongoing since December however to date haven’t result in a brand new collective settlement to exchange the one which expired on the finish of 2019.

“We’re united and decided to barter a contract that acknowledges our members’ dedication to delivering prime quality companies to Toronto’s communities,” Mitchell mentioned within the press launch.

The town can also be concerned in negotiations with its outdoors staff union, CUPE 416.

Final week, the chair of town’s collective bargaining subcommittee Denzil Minnan-Wong revealed request has been made to the province for a conciliator in these talks.

Minnan-Wong mentioned that the request was made after CUPE Native 416 “issued dates for a strike vote in January.”