POLITICS

Toronto inside workers to hold strike vote Tuesday, library workers already out

03/19/2012 09:15 EDT | Updated 05/19/2012 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - With Toronto’s library workers setting up picket lines, the city’s inside workers are preparing for a strike vote.

The inside workers union, CUPE Local 79, has scheduled votes for the 23,000 employees on Tuesday.

CUPE has accused the city of bargaining in bad faith and filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Inside workers include civil servants, child care workers, ambulance dispatchers, nurses and janitors.

The two sides will be in a legal strike-lockout position Saturday.

Local 79 president Tim Maguire said the city is asking for major concessions and a deal that offers much less than the one negotiated for outside workers, who settled in February.

“We did not come by the decision to seek a strike mandate lightly,” 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.”

The library workers called a strike Sunday after negotiations, which had been extended several times during the day, failed to produce an agreement.

(680News)