AUGUST 25, 2018 – CITY WALKS AWAY FROM TABLE
TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2018 /CNW/ – Despite being ordered back to the bargaining table by city council, the Exhibition Place Board of Governors is not interested in meaningful negotiations or ending the ongoing lock out of IATSE Local 58 stagehands, said Local 58 president Justin Antheunis. Following a tense 12-hour meeting with city lawyers and labour relations personnel presided over by a new mutually agreed-upon mediator, the city walked away from the table once again, stating they had a clear mandate not to consider concessions on contracting out IATSE jobs on ExPlace grounds.
The main roadblock remains Ex Place’s refusal to take contracting out IATSE work at the 192-acre site off the table. IATSE Local 58 returned to the negotiations ready to bargain, with proposals to modernize and find efficiencies in the contract, but the city refused to budge on contracting out language. Requests from the union for examples of what kind of movement would need to be seen on this issue in order to move deliberations forward were ignored.
The city’s proposals, by contrast, strongly reflected the interests of multi-billion dollar corporations such as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, with no regard for Toronto workers or consumers.
“We are frustrated and disappointed by the fact that the mayor stated he wanted a deal that was fair for the city and the workers, but the Board of Governors does not feel the same,” says Antheunis. “[Board of Governors member] Jim Karygiannis was right when he told the Toronto Star this is nothing but a union-busting exercise.”
With a second day of negotiations scheduled for Sunday, August 26 now in jeopardy, Antheunis hopes the city will actually be ready to negotiate and end the lock out of IATSE Local 58 stagehands, who have been unable to work on ExPlace grounds since the city initiated the lock out on July 20.
Well now we know that @JohnTory and @Mark_Grimes were lying when they said they wanted to have meaningful discussions between @ExPlaceTO and @iatse58. This meeting was only lip service to City Council and only proves their real mandate is to bust unions. https://t.co/mxEuEMZCSk
— Justin Antheunis (@Local58Prez) August 25, 2018
.@iatse58 came to the table with proposals to modernize and find efficiencies but @ExPlaceTO won’t budge on contracting out language. @TorontosMayor & @TorontoCouncil – We can’t agree to giving away our own jobs. Like you guys can’t. We get it. #RightIsRight #58lockedout https://t.co/oJLMqJECco
— IATSE Canada 🇨🇦 (@IATSECANADA) August 25, 2018