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Green P workers to strike if contract talks fall through

Last Updated Nov 23, 2017 at 6:49 am EST

File photo of a municipal parking 'Green P' sign. CITYNEWS

A strike could be brewing for the city’s Green P workers who have voted in favour of a strike if a collective agreement isn’t reached with the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA).

The workers – who are members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – voted 98.5 per cent on Monday to walk off the job if necessary.

The union and the city-owned TPA have been negotiating a new agreement, which expired earlier this year.

However, talks came to an end this month after the union said the TPA “refused to withdraw demands for deep concessions to employee benefits and job security, while proposing a four-year wage freeze.”

“The city should be under no illusions that the staff who help the authority fulfill its important role should have to agree to poorer working conditions, less stable, employment while watching their wages eroded by inflation for the next four years,” CUPE 416 spokesperson Sav Daskalakis said in a release.

The two sides are expected to resume talks on Friday.