TCHC statement about CUPE Local 79 negotiations

TORONTO, July 29, 2021—Toronto Community Housing has issued the following statement about the negotiations on a new collective agreement with CUPE Local 79.

Toronto Community Housing values its employees and the role they play in delivering quality housing, improving services to tenants and building a culture that puts tenants first.

Since we began collective bargaining with CUPE Local 79 in September 2020, our commitment has been to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement that enables us to work together to further improve service delivery to tenants.

We welcomed the involvement of a government-appointed conciliation officer in May, at the request CUPE Local 79, to assist with resolving issues at the bargaining table. We have met with the assistance of the conciliation officer and while progress has been made, we remain apart on some issues.

While CUPE Local 79 has now exercised its right to request that the Ministry of Labour, Skills and Training file a "No Board Report" signaling an impasse in the negotiations, we remain optimistic that the parties will reach a negotiated agreement.

We are prepared to meet with the CUPE Local 79 bargaining team at any time to continue building on the progress that has already been made.

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider, and home to nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. Toronto Community Housing is committed to identifying best practices and developing standards for energy efficiency across its portfolio, and to educating staff and residents on its green initiatives.

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