Toronto outside workers vote on contract offer—CBC News Toronto

Details of tentative deal begin leaking out
CBC News
Posted: Feb 13, 2012 7:09 AM ET    Last Updated: Feb 13, 2012 3:24 PM ET

Toronto’s outside workers are in the midst of voting on the tentative settlement their union reached with the city last week.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 416 have been casting ballots at the Ontario Federation of Labour Building near the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway since Monday morning.

While the union says it will not release the results of the members’ vote until 10:30 p.m., details have begun leaking out about the four-year deal the outdoor workers are voting on.

In terms of wages, the city is offering base-rate bumps of 0.5 per cent in the second year, 1.75 per cent in the third year and 2.25 per cent in the fourth year of the deal. Workers are not being offered any wage increases in the first year.

A 1.5 per cent lump sum payment in the second year is also part of the offer.

Union members say the settlement is give and take: a pay raise but in return a reduction in some benefits and job security.

“I just want to keep my job,” said Vic Grima, who was among the workers voting on the deal Monday.

“A lot of the members, you know, we just want to keep working … I know we have to give a bit, but in this day and age, everybody’s got to give a bit now right.”

Negotiations continue with the CUPE Local 79, the union representing Toronto’s 23,000 inside workers.

With files from The Canadian Press


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