POLITICS

Toronto's 23,000 inside workers to vote Wednesday on city's 'final' offer

03/26/2012 01:38 EDT | Updated 05/25/2012 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - The City of Toronto and the union representing about 23,000 inside workers have agreed to send the city’s final offer to a membership vote.

Members of CUPE Local 70, who voted in favour of a strike mandate last week, will cast their ballots on Wednesday.

The union has said it has no immediate plans for a walkout, but will take action if the city tries to unilaterally impose terms that would erode workers’ basic rights.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday says the offer that Local 79 members will be voting on is ”fair, reasonable and affordable.”

He says the offer is for four years, with job security, wages and benefits almost identical to an agreement in February that covered Toronto’s 6,000 outside workers.

The 23,000 inside workers include child-care workers, ambulance dispatchers, nurses, janitors and parks and recreation staff.

They were able to strike or be legally locked out as of Saturday.