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Union disappointed with slow pace of talks, goes ahead with work-to-rule

CityNews | posted Monday, Feb 22nd, 2016

Toronto’s 20,000 inside workers are on a work-to-rule campaign.

CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire says there has been no breakthrough in contract talks with the city but negotiations would resume again this morning.

While the workers are now legally in a position to walk off the job, Maguire said this work-to-rule campaign is not about disruption in service.

A work-to-rule campaign means “not working for free, that’s taking your breaks … not coming to work early, not staying late for free. It’s about not doing duties outside your job description,” Maguire said.

After extending the deadline to reach an agreement twice, Maguire made it clear Sunday that there would be no further extensions and expressed frustration at the slow pace of those talks.

“There will be no more extensions,” said Maguire. “We’re very concerned that there’s not sufficient pace in those talks.”

Fair wage increases and job stability have been among the major sticking points in the talks.

“Our goal is to get a collective agreement that works for our members.”

On Sunday, Mayor John Tory said he was “disappointed” by the threat of job action but was hopeful a deal could still be reached.

“I have faith in the collective bargaining process. I have faith in the professionalism of City employees to continue to deliver the services that the City provides to its residents and businesses,” the mayor said in a statement.

“The City’s bargaining team will continue to work with the provincial conciliator in order to achieve a resolution of these negotiations.”

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