Toronto residents have been raising a big stink recently over the CUPE Local 416 strike recently, now entering its second month.
The union’s president, Mark Ferguson, has indicated that if a decision is not reached by today they will break off negotiations.
Meaning this could go on even longer…
Paramedics part of the union also have a partial right to strike. Response times before the strike, eight minutes and eighteen seconds, has risen to nine minutes and eleven seconds, twelve seconds longer than the gold standard.
Some health professionals have asserted that the increase response time is a matter of life and death.
Benefits are important, and the recession should not be used as an excuse to cut wages or erode worker conditions. But the cost of these labour disputes should also be kept in mind by both sides as they approach the tables today.
Previous decisions by the OLRB on emergency workers can be found linked from the City’s site.