Green P parking workers in Toronto endorse strike action

Talks broke off after employer demanded deep concessions: CUPE
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 11/27/2017
Labour relations
Of those in attendance at the strike vote, 98.5 per cent voted in favour of giving the bargaining committee a mandate to take strike action, if deemed necessary by the committee, according to CUPE. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Employees at the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), who are members of Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted Nov. 21 in favour of a strike.

“Our members were nearly unanimous; they refuse to be intimidated into accepting a contract that degrades the quality of jobs this community depends on,” said Sav Daskalakis, CUPE 416 parking authority unit chairperson.

The union and TPA — which is owned by the City of Toronto — have been in negotiations to renew their collective agreement, which expired earlier this year. Negotiations came to an abrupt end earlier this month after TPA refused to withdraw demands for deep concessions to employee benefits and job security, while proposing a four-year wage freeze, said the union.

Of those in attendance at the strike vote, 98.5 per cent voted in favour of giving the bargaining committee a mandate to take strike action, if deemed necessary by the committee, according to CUPE.

The two sides are scheduled to resume bargaining on November 24.

In addition to the Toronto Parking Authority, CUPE 416 represents some 6,000 members working in the City of Toronto’s outside divisions.

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