Talks Continue Under Media Blackout

Union members rally outside London's City Hall during CUPE Local 101 inside workers strike. Photo by Ashton Patis.

Negotiations are ongoing between the City of London and CUPE Local 101, with a help of a mediator, but both sides have agreed to stay quiet on their progress.

The city issued a one-line joint statement on Friday afternoon, saying both sides in the inside worker talks have agreed to a media blackout while mediated bargaining is ongoing.

The previous round of negotiations ended Friday at 1:15am.

The strike by about 750 city workers is approaching a sixth week and is the first by CUPE Local 101 members since 1979.

Previously, union officials said some of the sticking points in negotiations centred on the city’s wishes to extend their working hours into evenings and weekends and to put new, lower limits on pension eligibility for new hires.

The city was offering 1% and 1.1% raises over the life of a four-year deal while the union wanted 1.5%-2% increases.

Information about how the strike affects services is here.