CUPE Local 79 ratifies new collective agreement with city

The union representing about 20,000 city of Toronto inside workers voted last night to ratify a new collective agreement reached with the city last week.
CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire said the agreement was the best the union could get under the circumstances. (CBC)

Members of the union that represents about 20,000 City of Toronto inside workers voted last night to ratify a new collective agreement reached last week. 

Members of CUPE Local 79 voted to ratify the four-year agreement covering the local's full-time, part-time recreation and part-time unit B members with the City of Toronto. 

"We achieved some improvements and more important, pushed back serious concessions that would have hurt both the quality of city services and city jobs," said Local 79 president Tim Maguire in a statement. 

"But our work is not done yet, and we will focus our strength on improving jobs and city services that build better lives for all of us."

A fourth unit, whose members work part-time in long-term care facilities, will be addressed in binding arbitration, as those members do not have the right to strike.

Specific results of the vote will not be released. Last week Mayor John Tory called the new agreement a responsible one for the city.

CUPE Local 416, which represents the city's outside workers, last month ratified a new collective agreement.

City library workers, represented by CUPE Local 4948, are currently in talks for a new labour deal to replace a four-year agreement that expired at the end of 2015. The union represents about 2,300 full- and part-time library workers. 

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