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CUPE 416 Members Deliver Strong Strike Mandate as Conciliation Begins

The City of Toronto’s outside workers, represented by Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 416), have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action if a fair contract cannot be reached by the union and the City of Toronto.

The vote was held on January 14 and 15, with the membership delivering a strong mandate for taking strike action, if necessary.

"We have to be prepared, which is why we decided to hold the strike vote now. I wouldn’t read too much into it, discussions with the city will continue. Our objective has always been to get a fair deal for our members at the bargaining table." said Eddie Mariconda, President of CUPE 416. "But the City needs to know how serious our members are about negotiating a fair contract. They sent a pretty clear message that they want a contract that protects city services and respects the work that they do."

CUPE 416 and the City of Toronto will begin meeting with a provincially appointed conciliation officer later this month.

Their last contract expired on December 31, 2019.


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Matthew Stella, CUPE Communications, 613-252-4377, mstella@cupe.ca