Some frustrated with back-to-work timeline
A chorus of civic workers and some councillors want the city back ontrack immediately after Toronto civic workers ratify the proposedcontract with the City of Toronto today.
A chorus of civic workers and some councillors want the city back on track immediately after Toronto civic workers ratify the proposed contract with the City of Toronto today.
The city and CUPE Locals 416 and 79 are ironing out a back-to-work protocol, but so far the plan is to have the workers come back after the locals ratify a tentative agreement today and the city does so Friday. If that were to happen it would probably be next Tuesday — Monday is a holiday — before many of the city’s 30,000 striking employees are back on the job.
And that has many workers frustrated.
The mayor is insisting on the Friday council meeting because he wants to see results from the union’s vote before he asks council for its approval. If the vote isn’t counted until tonight, as union officials are predicting, Miller says he probably won’t be able to issue a notice of meeting until tomorrow morning, and the required 24-hour notice rules out a council meeting any sooner than Friday.
Local 416 officials don’t want their workers returning until both sides ratify.
In addition, “we don’t think the city has a plan for its workers to return until council ratifies,’’ said CUPE Local 416 spokeswoman Pat Daley.
However, a spokesman for Local 79 feels those workers could go back after today’s vote. “If the contract’s ratified, we can go back to work the next day — and we should, because we want to get back to providing the services the public has been missing since the strike began,” said CUPE national spokesman Robert Lamoureux. The city says it will release a back-to-work plan today.
Coun. Case Ootes and a group of councillors dubbed the Responsible Government Group asked Miller yesterday to speed up the approval pro-cess — and to give them details about the tentative settlement right away.