Although the union leader announced he wouldn seek re election in the wake of this year gruelling labour talks, Ferguson now says he ready for another three year term.
members and I both have a renewed sense of purpose. The hostility this (Ford) administration has shown us only strengthened our resolve to protect the services that the people of Toronto rely on. road to the upcoming election has been a rocky one.
City union boss seeks another term
would support candidates that believe in building a city rather than destroying public services. he gets re elected, Ferguson adds the union will be supporting a candidate to replace Ford as mayor.
had time to remember why I signed up for this role and it has given me a new sense of purpose and helped me realize that I have more important work to do, says Ferguson.
do not think that he is the proper mayor for this city, he says.
of his own members most notably his fellow paramedics.
believe that the future direction of this union is at stake, he says. can continue to work in a collaborative manner or we can resort to the 1950s style of union politics.
think the time of placards and protests has passed us by. We have learned we need to do things in a much smarter way to connect with those people that rely on our services. And should I be elected that is the direction I will proceed in. weathering public backlash for the 2009 civic workers strike, Ferguson has led the union on an unprecedented public relations campaign that includes Local 416 members taking part in community environment days, free family movie nights in public parks, a beautification project in front of the Fred Victor shelter and handing out popcorn and snow cones at the Celebrate Yonge festival.
Despite a turbulent year, Ferguson says he wants to Omega Seamaster Square Face keep leading the union and dismissed rumours he planning a run for city council.
against former mayor David Miller and the hardball negotiations required to attain a collective agreement at Mayor Rob Ford City Hall in 2012, Ferguson is asking his members elect him next month for another term.
turning our circumstances a struggling economy and a hostile mayor into an opportunity to form new partnerships to help fill the gaps in our city, Ferguson says. partnered with Toronto Community Housing, Parks Canada, several (non governmental organizations), over 80 different community groups and we been working directly with councillors on a variety Omega Watch Latest Model
As Ferguson steered the union through tough negotiations at the start of the year labour talks in which the city seemed intent on locking out workers his marriage was ending.
of initiatives. is being challenged by three candidates: Ron Johnson, Richard Prestula and Jon Richard.
have no plans to run for council in 2014, insists Ferguson. focused on representing my members; I focused on making sure CUPE supports candidates that protect the vital services my members provide everyday.
Ferguson says the community outreach is meant to let the public Local 416 members in a very different light.
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Ferguson describes this year election fight as a watershed moment for the union, which represents 6,000 garbage collectors, road and park maintenance workers, paramedics, and other municipal employees.
the importance of my job, I let other parts of my life slide into the background most notably my family, Ferguson said. is something that I deeply regret and have come to terms with just recently. the union avoided a labour disruption by inking a deal with the city, Ferguson faced a revolt from some Omega Seamaster 300 Blue Dial
CUPE Local 416 President Mark Ferguson is fighting for his job.
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