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Toronto, Union Reach Preliminary Agreement Averting Strike

February 05, 2012

(Adds comment from union president in third paragraph.)

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The city of Toronto and its municipal workers reached a preliminary agreement on job security and benefits, avoiding a strike that would have disrupted garbage pickup and snow plowing.

City and Local 416 union negotiators will continue working together over the next 48 hours to finish the “framework” agreement, the union said in an e-mailed statement today.

“There is no doubt that our members are making sacrifices,” Mark Ferguson, President of Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, said in the statement. “We are going to keep working to finalize a deal that gives the city flexibility and affordability while still delivering great public services.”

Toronto is Canada’s business capital and North America’s third-largest financial-services center. Toronto Civic Employees Local 416 represents more than 6,000 people, or about 16 percent of Toronto’s total public workforce of 37,000.

--Editors: Lester Pimentel, Sylvia Wier

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