CUPE Local 416 Deal Struck, CUPE Local 79 Next

cityhallThere's been a breakthrough with regards to our 36-day-old civic workers strike.

A weekend of intense bargaining has produced "the basis for a deal" that could bring a swift end the strike by municipal workers in Canada's largest city.

At an early morning news conference, CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson announced that although "we still have to put the final pieces together," union negotiators "have the basis for a deal."

Local 416 represents outside workers, including garbage collectors, parks employees and sewer and water main workers.

An important sticking point, however, is the continuing lack of an agreement with the other union, CUPE Local 79, which represents daycare workers, clerks and other inside workers.

It sounds like we're almost through this. I was psyching myself up for another month or two, preparing for this to go all summer. Of course, there's no basis for an agreement with CUPE Local 79 yet, so don't bring your garbage to the curb quite yet.

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Donna Vitan

Ooh thanks for keeping up to date with late breaking news sir! I can't wait to walk down the street and not be assaulted by garbage bins spilling out into the sidewalk! Boourns smelly garbage!

July 27, 2009 @ 10:29 AM


Let me get this straight. The Union said that their concessions had been met. Oh thnx JackAss Miller for standing up for "TORONTOIANS".

What a crock!! Should of fired them all & start fresh with a new direction for this city.

Where is Mammollitti?

July 27, 2009 @ 1:04 PM


This sums it all up:

This is absolutely ludicrous. The only 'deadline' that the union had any legitimacy in imposing was the original strike deadline.

Miller needs to call their bluff #though Hell will freeze over before that happens#. What's the worst that they're going to do? Strike some more? Instead he has shown how weak and ineffectual he is by:

a# lavishing unaffordable cash and benefits on the unions whose contracts came up for renewal before 79/416

b) not locking 79/416 out while he had the chance

c) capitulating mid-stream by offering increases and removing concessions while the union offered nothing

d) not engaging replacement workers to keep essential services moving smoothly #the garbage in the parks is an abomination - there should've been transfer stations set up with the garbage trucked away immediately#

e) acquiescing to not one, but several more union imposed 'deadlines'. Just who the hell is in charge anyway?

And why on earth are we letting a union that has stolen ambulances, murdered at least one citizen, assaulted others, threatens and bankrupts private businesses and tries to prevent the free movement of citizens within the City #water taxis etc.# dictate to us?

It's one thing for a sensible union to ask for a greater share of the pie that they've helped to create; it's quite another for a parasitic union - CUPE - that generates no wealth and no GDP to demand a disproportionate share of something that they had no hand in generating.

Sadly, CUPE has become something that society needs to be protected from, not by. They would be wise to consider Orwell:

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which"

July 27, 2009 @ 3:24 PM


Liz - I love your passion but this city and this province and hell, even this flipping country is ruled by unions. This 'brotherhood' which I can only assume their initiating practices involves animals, midgets and whipped cream, has so much influence and power that even Mike Harris (bow head slightly in reverence) could not break.

Even that lefty Bob Rae tried to a certain point but in the end the all mighty union will win - they always do.

God love ya!

July 27, 2009 @ 4:54 PM


Yah, I think those militant 'brothers and sisters' must have some sort of chip implanted in their soggy brains. I guess you just can't apply logic where logic won't go. I agree with you about the animals and midgets #ok, I laughed# because I could somehow imagine it. Why not? The circus is in town - and it never leaves. That DUMBinski sounds like an annoying squeak toy. I mean, that's one of the so-called leaders? God help us.

I'd love to know what really goes on behind the scenes. My head would probably explode. And I'd get the retaliation penalty for going after one of them.

I hope the public really gives it back to them when the get back to 'work' - a debatable concept with them.

I can't wait to hear the details of the agreement. Who needs tv when you have these people to entertain us?

Remember to hug your garbage man!

July 27, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

Toronto Mike

I want to see this tentative agreement. If I see we went through this just so Miller could completely cave, I'm gonna be pissed.

July 27, 2009 @ 9:00 PM

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