Union filing grievance over Mayor Rob Ford's handling of bomb threat

CUPE Local 79 Tim Maguire speaks to reporters at City Hall on Friday. (DON PEAT/QMI Agency)

CUPE Local 79 Tim Maguire speaks to reporters at City Hall on Friday. (DON PEAT/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:44 PM ET

TORONTO - The head of the city's inside workers' union is accusing Mayor Rob Ford of acting "inappropriately and irresponsibly" to Monday's City Hall bomb threat.

CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire announced Friday that he's filed a grievance with the city over the handling of the threat that was made public in a hastily-called press conference by Ford in front of the mayor's office.

"Late in the morning on Monday the mayor and his brother (Councillor Doug Ford) did a media scrum to release that information, to release the contents of that bomb threat," Maguire said. "From Local 79's perspective that was irresponsible. There are tried and sure policies in place by the city to react to threats like this."

He believes Ford put people at risk on Monday.

"We think the actions in terms of going to the media … put members at risk because then they're wondering what to do," Maguire said. "If the protocol isn't followed then there could be chaos and pandemonium."

"We think that the mayor reacted inappropriately and irresponsibly. We're asking the (Ministry of Labour) or others to respond and indicate whether that's the case."

Maguire quoted a section of the city's "Bomb threat and suspicious package response policy."

"Please do not make any comments to any members of the public or media regarding any threat or evacuation at any City of Toronto facility," the policy states. "For the safety of employees and the public, the situation must be kept as calm and orderly as possible."


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