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Inside workers reach deal with city

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2016

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Toronto’s inside workers have reached a deal with the city.

CUPE Local 79 said they agreed to terms on a tentative four-year contract early on Thursday morning.

“In every round of bargaining, you set out to get the best deal possible at that time, under those circumstances,” Tim Maguire, president of the local, said in a statement.

“While this was a very difficult round of negotiations, we believe we have secured the best possible collective agreements for our members, ensuring they will continue to be able to deliver the great services Toronto residents depend on.”

Maguire said he would be speaking to reporters later on Thursday.

The union represents more than 20,000 inside workers. A strike or lockout by inside workers would have seen the closure of all child care centres, community and fitness centres, ski hills, curling and ice rinks, and indoor pools operated by the city.

CUPE Local 416, which represents Toronto’s outside workers, reached a deal with the City last month, avoiding a work stoppage. Outside workers include snowplow operators, garbage collectors and parks staff.

Both unions have been without contracts since the end of 2015.

Four days ago, Mayor John Tory posted the city’s latest offer online.

Tory added the offer is consistent with the deal recently reached with CUPE Local 416. Highlights of the offer posted online include a five per cent increase on base pay over the course of four years; a change to the amount of benefits for workers on long-term disability – previously, workers could claim for 75 per cent of their basic salary while on disability, but the city has proposed changing that to 70 per cent for new claims.

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