Union representing some Toronto workers files grievance against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy

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One of the largest unions with the City of Toronto is fighting against City Hall’s mandatory vaccination policy for city workers.

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local represents approximately 5,000 outside workers, including 416 paramedics and garbage collectors.

The union has filed an official complaint, saying the policy is “unfair and violates the provisions of the collective agreement.”

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A notice to workers also asked whether they are contacted by management regarding the policy to request union representation.

City spokesman Brad Ross disagreed, saying the policy and its time frame would remain unchanged to avoid punitive action.

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“We will allow the complaints process to run as normal, but the city’s policy still stands we believe it is in line with the collective agreement,” Ross told 680 News.

YouUnder that policy, Workers must prove to their manager that they have been fully vaccinated by the week of November 1. If they do not do so, they will go home on leave without pay.

If he does not show proof by December 13, he can be fired.

94 per cent of city workers have already disclosed their vaccination status, and 89 per cent of them have been fully vaccinated against COVID, with another five per cent taking their first dose.

Ross was not aware whether any other local unions had filed complaints.

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