Peel CAS and CUPE Local 4914, with the assistance of a mediator, were not able to reach an agreement on September 14. The Union is in a position to legally strike as of 12:01 am September 17, 2016. Peel Children’s Aid and CUPE Local 4914, representing child protection and support staff, have been working since March 2016 to arrive at a new collective agreement.
“Our goal was to arrive at a negotiated collective agreement that reflected the nature of the work done by our unionized staff and recognizes the reality of limited funding and the legislated requirement of a balanced budget,” says CEO Rav Bains.
“We put forward an offer that we believe to be fair, including salary increases in each year as well as improvements to other benefits and working conditions,” adds Bains. While we would like to be able to give our employees more, our funding remains constant at 2 per cent increase each year and this severely constrains our financial flexibility. It is critical that our operational costs do not increase to the point where our ability to deliver service to vulnerable children and families in our community is compromised.”
In the event that a strike cannot be averted, Peel CAS will be implementing its Contingency Plan which allows for the provision of essential child protection services. As a result, this may impact the level of service that can be provided to the community.
“We encourage our community to call with child protection concerns; however, we will be prioritizing and responding to the most urgent situations to ensure the safety of children in Peel Region,” adds Bains. “We will have qualified and experienced staff responding to child protection concerns. The care and safety of the children and families we work with will continue to be our primary focus.”
“If we have job action, we ask the public for their patience and understanding as we operate with a reduced workforce.”
At this time, further talks have not been scheduled between the Union and the Agency. However, we remain committed to a positive outcome that is fair to employees and allows the Agency to manage within its funding allocation.
Please visit www.peelcas.org for further information and regular updates. If the public has concerns about the safety of a child or youth please continue to call 905-363-6131 or 1-888-700-0996.
For further information, contact:
Lucie Baistrocchi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-363-6131 ext. 1153