Toronto Manager Joe Pennachetti Declares Possible Layoffs

City Manager Joe Pennachetti announces possible layoffs in the upcoming proposed budget. Pennachetti said almost 230 city workers might have to lose their jobs due to the budget that will be announced by the end of November.

He said: “[The city will use] a combination of vacancies and layoffs [to achieve savings]. There will be layoffs, and that’s been known for a long time. I can’t put a number until you see it Nov. 28.”

Moreover, recently Toronto has blamed its “outside workers” of trying to push through a fresh contract with the help of media. There are allegations that negotiators met with CUPE Local 79 correspondents on Oct. 17 with the aim of crafting a new contract.

The city filed a complaint of unjust labour practice against the local that embodies at least 22,000 inside workers with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Also, a request has been placed with the Ministry of Labour to appoint a mediator.

City of Toronto said in a statement: “However, the Local was unwilling to commence bargaining and continues to be unwilling to commence bargaining. The city does not believe that collective bargaining commenced as required under the Labor Relations Act and yesterday filed a complaint on the grounds of unfair labour practice with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The city has also written to the ministry of labour requesting that a conciliator be appointed.”

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