City asks province for "no board" report, which would start clock on strike or lockout.
The clock may have just started on a city workers strike or lockout. The City of Toronto announced today that it has filed a “no board” request with the province regarding its negotiations with CUPE 416. This means that the municipal government is stating that negotiations with the union local representing so-called outside workers have broken down, and they have no reason to believe they will be able to reach consensus on the terms of a collective agreement. If the Ontario Labour Board grants the request—that is, if they agree that talks have broken down sufficiently that they will not appoint a conciliation board (which it hasn’t done in years)—then the City could lock workers out, or workers could begin a strike, in as soon as 17 days. The Globe is reporting that CUPE claims to have “agreed to 40 of 70 demands from the city and that job security is the major sticking point.”
CUPE 416 workers include paramedics, and those responsible for road work, parks, social housing, and garbage collection.
More to come.