It’s official: both unions for inside and outside workers have announced a deal with the City of Toronto, hopefully putting the final nail in the coffin of this summer’s notorious strike. The ratification vote will take place on Wednesday, and CUPE Local 79 representative Ann Dembinski says that picket lines will remain in effect until then. “Labour relations have been set back for decades,” she said in a press conference today. “It will not be the same for years to come.”
“It’s good news for the 30,000 women and men who can now get back to doing the jobs that they are doing so well,” added Mayor David Miller. “It’s especially good news for the residents and business that count on city services, especially the families and children who have been struggling without access to city-run daycares, camps, and pools.”
The details of the deal will be revealed only after ratification, and full resumption of city services will take at least a few days, and in some cases, weeks.