CUPE 416 Trying to Unionize Trash Collectors West of Yonge
Workers of the private company that the city contracted to collect trash west of Yonge Street, are being handed union cards by Cupe Local 416.
Green for Life Environmental Corporation employees have been getting the cards since August, when they started the job. CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson confirms it saying they are actively encouraging employees to join them. He says they're encouraged by the number of those that want to become unionized, but he won't outline just how many.
Under Ontario law, at least 40 percent of staff at a workplace has to sign a union card, before an official vote can take place.
The city claimed it's seven year contract with GFL would save some $11-million a year Ferguson disputes that, saying it's much less.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong says it won't make a difference to the city whether the company becomes unionized or not, because the contract between Toronto and GFL won't change. He says the company may come across a problem if it tries to renew the contract in seven years under a union, depending on what demands a union would make.
(With files from Justine Lewkowicz)