In collective bargaining negotiations in 2016, the City of Mississauga found itself at an impasse with CUPE Local 1989, the union that represents its Library Workers. Following conciliation, the Union engaged in a legal strike and the City of Mississauga implemented a comprehensive labour disruption contingency plan that saw the closure of all Mississauga libraries on July 4, 2016.

While approximately 400 unionized employees were on strike, 42 non-union library staff continued to report out of a command centre established at Mississauga’s Central Library and performed various responsibilities across the City. In addition, 100 other City staff were called upon to assist with the City’s contingency plan in various ways. The City’s labour disruption contingency plan ensured all necessary preparations were in place and City facilities were safely monitored and secured throughout the labour disruption. As the City’s contingency plan was rolled-out, stakeholders including the public, City staff, community partners and Council were all informed of important developments along the way.   

A tentative settlement was reached and the City of Mississauga re-opened all its libraries on July 27, 2016. 

This session will be delivered by Joshua Doreen-Harfield, Manager, Employee & Labour Relations, Human Resources, City of Mississauga, Karen Gordon of Gordon Strategies and Mark Mason of Hicks Morley.

Labour Disruption Contingency Planning - The City of Mississauga Experience

  • Monday Dec 04 2023, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • webinar