After thirty-five full days, the city workers’ strike is one big step closer to coming to an end, as the City and one of the two striking unions—CUPE Local 416—reached a “basis for a deal,” according to the Star, citing CUPE Local 416 President Mark Ferguson (who 680News quotes as clarifying that “this is not a signed deal by any means”). The announcement came about fifty minutes ago, after overnight negotiations held between the City and the two striking unions at the Delta Toronto East Hotel. There’s still CUPE Local 79, who placed no midnight ultimatum on a deal but who represent almost four times the number of employees as 416, and with which a deal, tentative or otherwise, has not yet been announced. And, again according to the Star, once that happens, CUPE members will still have to vote to pass the deal before going back to work.
This morning’s announcement is the first truly significant sign of progress in the lengthy strike, and bodes well for its end, but the farthest-reaching effects of the strike won’t end with it and indeed haven’t yet been felt (which we said a few days ago in our article about Watchmen-style strike graffiti): whether political, economic, or otherwise, the city, its employees, its unions, and its mayor will all be dealing with this strike—one way or another, for better or worse—for a long time to come.