01/13/2012 11:53 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto Union: City's Outside Workers Offer To Take 3-Year Pay Freeze


TORONTO - The union representing Toronto's outside workers says it's willing to accept a three-year wage freeze.

CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson says contract talks with the city could conclude today if the offer is accepted.

Ferguson says the union's offer would save Toronto about $25.5 million.

Toronto negotiators on Thursday requested a no board report be issued by the Ministry of Labour conciliator.

The union says that would set up a lockout of Toronto outside workers early next month.

Ferguson claims Toronto never made a serious effort to negotiate a new collective agreement.