Rob Ford going public with bomb threat results in grievance filed by city workers
The union representing 20,000 workers at the City of Toronto is filing a grievance over what it’s calling a “complete breakdown” of city protocol when Mayor Rob Ford went public on Monday with a bomb threat emailed to his brother, councillor Doug Ford.
Tim Maguire, president of CUPE Local 79, said the mayor was “irresponsible” to hold a scrum outside his office, during which he spoke of the threat. He said the mayor put City Hall employees and visitors to the building at risk by speaking publicly.
“This crosses a line when people’s health and safety, when their state of mind when they’re trying to deliver service to Torontonians is interrupted by this irresponsible handling of a threat like this,” said Mr. Maguire.
The City of Toronto’s Bomb Threat and Suspicious Package Response Policy asks that public employees “not make any comments to any members of the public or media regarding any threat or evacuation at any City of Toronto facility” and that the situation should be kept calm “for the safety of employees and the public.”
Mr. Maguire said City Hall employees were “wondering what to do” as a result of the mayor’s press scrum and many left the building in response.
“If the protocol isn’t followed then there could be chaos and pandemonium around people reacting with passion rather than rationally to a threat like this,” he said. “We also want to make sure that people that are issuing these threats…aren’t emboldened to get the kind of attention they might be looking for.”
He said he wants the Ministry of Labour to investigate the city’s response to the threat and whether the current policy needs adjustment to better protect public employees.
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