Speaking Engagement

Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA): HR Navigator Line: Labour Disruption Contingency Planning: The City of Mississauga Experience

Event Details

December 4, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Online Webinar


In collective bargaining negotiations in 2016, the City of Mississauga (the City) found itself at an impasse with the union that represents its library workers. Following conciliation, the union engaged in a legal strike and the City 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 reopened all its libraries on July 27, 2016.

This session will be delivered by Hicks Morley’s own Mark Mason along with Joshua Doreen-Harfield from the City of Mississauga and Karen Gordon of Gordon Strategies.

Contact Mark to learn more about labour disruption contingency planning.