Toronto Parking Authority workers start the countdown to legal action; The employer has not yet responded to the union’s latest proposals
TORONTO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Toronto Parking Authority workers are at the bargaining table and have been waiting since day one for the employer to immediately come back to the table and negotiate a deal to avoid a work disruption. The employer has had ample time to respond to the union’s reasonable proposals and unnecessary delays jeopardize the city’s ability to generate crucial revenue.
“Workers at the Toronto Parking Authority suffered a 20% pay cut and suffered massive layoffs during the pandemic to help mitigate the loss in parking revenue. We are in collective bargaining to protect vital parking infrastructure and increase revenues for the City of Toronto, âsaid Eddie Mariconda, President of CUPE Local 416. “Of the revenue generated, 55 cents per dollar goes directly to municipal services such as parks, recreation and capital expansion. Before the pandemic, members of CUPE Local 416 generated about $ 85 million in revenue per year.
The union’s last pass at the bargaining table has yet to receive a response from the employer. Meanwhile, a countdown to possible professional action, triggered by a No Board report filed by the Ministry of Labor, Training and Skills Development, is quickly approaching a possible strike or lockdown deadline. -out.
“Members look for fairness and respect – our proposals at the bargaining table are modest, reasonable and consistent with previous contracts negotiated between the local and the city, âsaid Mariconda. “We need parking more than ever to support local businesses, visit loved ones and move our city forward. ”
The union argues that punishing workers at the bargaining table will significantly hamper the city’s ability to recover lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The short-term income deficits caused by the pandemic should not be permanently downloaded onto loyal workers. Instead, the city needs to use parking services more efficiently to maximize revenue and strengthen Toronto’s parking network, âsays Mariconda.
Both parties will be in a legal strike or lock-out position as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
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