03/08/2012 12:35 EST | Updated 05/08/2012 05:12 EDT

City inside workers closer to work stoppage

The City of Toronto and its 23,000 inside workers will be in a legal lockout or strike position as of March 24, after the province accepted the city's request for a 'no-board' report from the province's Ministry of Labour.

The move is the last legal step before a possible work stoppage.

Tim Maguire, president of CUPE Local 79, said Thursday the union wants a deal, not a work stoppage.

"We're not looking for a conflict," Maguire said. "We're looking to get a negotiated settlement."

CUPE Local 79, the city's largest union, says its concerns include flexibility for its workers, particularly part-time employees.

"For full time members there is a proposal to cut hours by five hours a week, which means a cut in income of nearly seven per cent," Maguire said.

He added that the city has also proposed cutting the overlap time between caregiver shifts.

“It’s important for us, it’s important for the public, to have that kind of interface between caregivers in caring for our grandparents and our parents,” Maguire said.

Services provided by the union include long-term care, daycare, lifeguards, building inspection and clerical work.

The city is also at an impasse with the Toronto Public Library's union. Both sides in that contract dispute will be in a legal lockout or strike position by 12:01 a.m. March 24.