CUPE Local 79, union for 22,000 Toronto inside workers, requests no-board report

With a potential work stoppage already looming in less than a week with its outside workers, the union representing Toronto’s inside workers is heading in the same direction.

On Friday afternoon, CUPE Local 79, which represents more than 22,000 inside workers for the City of Toronto, said it was requesting a no-board report.

Local 79, along with the city’s outside workers in Local 416, have been without a contract since it expired at the end of 2019.

Once granted by the Ministry of Labour, a no-board report starts a 17-day countdown for when workers can either go on strike or be locked out by the city. In a statement, Local 79 cited “a lack of meaningful discussion on significant outstanding issues” for its request.

In the statement, Local 79 President Dave Mitchell accused the city of being unwilling to talk.

“With us, they just dropped their concessions down and left,” said Mitchell in the statement, “so we’re going to use every tool we have to bring them to the table and bargain.”

Depending on when it is granted by the province, the strike or lock-out date will likely be around March 18. At the deadline, both parties are allowed to remain at the bargaining table to avoid a labour disruption.

Local 79 represents thousands of city of Toronto staff including planners and IT workers. The union said the most significant sticking point in its contract negotiations is job security. It also said there hasn’t been any movement to improve working conditions for part-time and recreation members.

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