News Release

Toronto, Ontario, February 9, 2006 – The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) urges the Ontario Government to act responsibly to protect the public from an illegal CUPE strike that would disrupt vital municipal programs and services right across the province.

“Municipalities and CUPE employees are both opposed to Bill 206, but we cannot support an illegal strike in protest of it,” said AMO President Roger Anderson. “An illegal provincewide strike by CUPE would expose all Ontarians to tremendous inconvenience and pose unacceptable risks to public health and safety.”

AMO’s concern about Bill 206 and its opposition to CUPE’s illegal strike is rooted in the conviction that governments should serve the public’s best interest. By contrast, fundamental features of the Bill serve the narrow interests of emergency service employees to the detriment of other employee groups, taxpayers and the general public.

The illegal province-wide strike that CUPE is proposing is directed at the Ontario Government, not municipalities, and only the Province can prevent it – either by securing an injunction to stop it, or by withdrawing Bill 206 on the basis that it is detrimental to the long term interests of the OMERS Pension Plan and to positive labour relations in Ontario.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.