Many of you have asked me what services may be affected if there is a strike by, or lockout of, the City of Toronto’s outdoor workers.The first legal date for a lockout would be February 5th, 2012. The City has announced that it will impose a new contract and the union has not announced a strike vote. I, along with most residents, continue to hope that both parties arrive at an agreement and avoid any possibility of services being withdrawn due to labour disruption.
Though not all inclusive, a general summary of the services L416 employees provide support to are:
Pool and arena operations, Tree Maintenance, Turf/Grass/Garden Maintenance, Farms/ Zoo Ski centres, Ferry service, Emergency medical services (paramedics), Animal services, Water/Wastewater plants, Garbage collection, Transfer stations, Street cleaning, Road maintenance, Snow/winter maintenance, Custodial and building maintenance, Vehicle repairs. Please note that in many situations, there is a mix of contracted and City employees who provide these services.