The City of Toronto could experience a major waste services strike unless city and union negotiators can come to a new agreement by midnight June 24. On June 5, 2002, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 416 — which represents about 7,000 "outside" waste collectors, park maintenance staff, and street cleaners — applied to the Ontario Labour Ministry for a "no board report" to signify an impasse in contract negotiations. On June 6, CUPE Local 79 — which represents about 18,000 wastewater treatment workers, janitors, building inspectors, and public health nurses — followed suit.
The city has offered the union a pact that includes a 9 per cent wage increase over three years but the union says that the deal doesn’t provide security for employees with less than 17 years of service.
On July 22, approximately 35,000 people are expected to visit Toronto for a weeklong religious retreat.