The city’s 23,000 inside workers could walk off the job this weekend unless a deal is reached. They will vote Tuesday whether or not to go on strike….
The inside workers include civil servants, child care workers, ambulance dispatchers, nurses and janitors.
“We did not come by the decision to seek a strike mandate lightly,” CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire said in a statement released Sunday.
“We are not holding a vote because we want to stop working. We are doing it because we want the city to start talking.”
In the event of a strike, the city’s swimming pools, recreation centres, daycares and other municipal services could be shut down as early as Saturday.
Maguire said the city is asking for major concessions and a deal that offers much less than the one negotiated for outside workers.
Their collective agreement expired Dec. 31, 2011.
CUPE Local 79 has accused the city of bargaining in bad faith and filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
In February, the city’s outside workers ratified a four-year agreement that included wage increases but clawed back job security.
Are you ready for another possible strike in the city? Do you support the strikers?