Potential CUPE Local 5167 Labour Disruption Notice

This post, from August 15, has details on a potential strike impacting multiple City services.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton has issued a press release on the potential impacts on City services should strike action commence on August 21st.

For more details, please continue reading below…

HAMILTON, ON – Labour negotiations have been ongoing between the City of Hamilton and CUPE Local 5167 for several months, commencing February 6, 2023, with recent involvement from a provincially appointed Conciliation Officer. On July 21, after two days of Conciliation, CUPE 5167 asked the Conciliator to file a No-Board report. The City of Hamilton received notice from the Province of the No-Board report being filed on August 4, 2023. This means that CUPE Local 5167 could commence a legal strike beginning at 12:01 am on August 21, 2023.

The City appreciates that the delivery of Hamilton’s public services may face interruption in the event of a labour disruption and has begun engaging in contingency planning to limit service disruptions as best it can and to ensure as many City services remain as active as possible.

The City expects a number of services to be impacted, including but not limited to child care, garbage collection, recreation programming and support for special events in the community.

In the event of a labour disruption, the City of Hamilton is committed to providing residents with timely updates. Information will be disseminated through various the City’s social media accounts, and through information distributed to traditional media. Citizens will also have the option of  subscribing to digital notices and newsletters at www.hamilton.ca/subscribe and can also be accessed via a dedicated webpage on the City’s website, www.hamilton.ca/serviceupdates.

The City of Hamilton is committed to achieving a mutually beneficial agreement that prioritizes fairness and responsibility for both taxpayers and employees.

Quick Facts

  • CUPE Local 5167 is the City’s largest bargaining unit, with more than 3,200 members in various roles across the City.
  • CUPE Local 5167 and the City began bargaining on Monday, February 6, 2023 and completed 21 days of negotiations.
  • On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 11 pm, CUPE Local 5167 advised the City that will be filing for a Provincial Conciliator to assist in the resolution of the collective agreement currently under negotiations.
  • After two days of conciliation on July 20 and 21, 2023, CUPE Local 5167 advised the City on July 21, 2023 that they have asked the Conciliator to file a no-board report.
  • The No-Board report was issued by the Province on August 4, 2023 and CUPE will be in a legal strike position on Monday, August 21, 2023 at 12:01 am.
  • City Services that the City expects to be impacted include:
    • Animal Services
    • Building Permits
    • Business Licensing
    • By-Law Enforcement
    • Child Care & EarlyON Child and Family Centres
    • City Hall & Municipal Centres
    • Council & Committee Meetings
    • Development Applications
    • Film Permits
    • Garbage and Green Bin collection for some residents
    • Hamilton Civic Museums
    • Housing Services
    • Horticulture
    • Marriage License & Civil Marriage Ceremonies
    • Ontario Works
    • Parks & Recreation programming
    • Property Tax
    • Provincial Offences Administration Offices (POA)
    • Public Health Services
    • Road, Sidewalk & Traffic Operations
    • Water, Wastewater & Stormwater

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.

Councillor John-Paul Danko