No Deal in Toronto - 24,000 CUPE City Workers Strike
Update 24 Jun 09 - Day 3 of the strike and Garbage is piling up. Transfer Stations are being blocked by strikers. The city has zero tolerance for garbage dumping,.
Update: This is Day 2 of the strike and as you can see in the picture file the garbage is piling up, even though some transfer stations have been made available for people to take their garbage to.
Residents of Canada's largest city are scrambling this morning to make alternate arrangements for day care and garbage disposal, as 24,000 city workers walk off the job.
Collective Bargaining between the Canadian Union of Public Employees(CUPE) and the City of Toronto broke down. No deal was reached by 12:01 am this morning.
24,000 workers walked of the job this morning,. The strike affects garbage pick up, recycling, water and sewer services, recreational services, museum and cultural services operated by the city of Toronto and some 57 day care centres.
Police, Fire and Transport Services are not affected by this strike.
Issues of contention include job security, seniority and scheduling, along with proposed changes to a sick leave plan that would scrap employees' ability to bank days and cash them out at retirement
The strike comes at the worst time with the start of the tourist season and the warm weather.
An extended strike, while saving wages for the City of Toronto now, could stifle the Toronto economy.
As an aside, Windsor, Ontario is on Day 68 of a city workers strike.
Bloomberg Article on the Strike Read Here
About 24,000 Toronto city workers walked off the job after their unions and city officials couldn't reach deals by the 12:01 a.m. Monday deadline, the unions said.
"It's clear to us we have no other recourse but to call a strike," Ann Dembinski, president of CUPE Local 79, which represents about 18,000 office workers and other inside staff, said at a news conference.
"It's unfortunate that [at] this late stage we have not seen a collective agreement offer from the city that would be acceptable to Local 79 members," Dembinski said. "The city continues to table proposals that are far inferior to what other unionized City of Toronto employees received in negotiated settlements."
Mark Ferguson, president of Toronto Civic Employees Union CUPE Local 416, said 6,200 garbage collectors and other outside workers would also walk off the job.