CUPE Local 4914 representing child protection workers, administrative and support staff are on strike. Information has been circulating about a number of issues – here are some facts.
Through the course of negotiations and the strike Peel CAS has remained available to return to bargaining, and has twice presented improved offers to the union’s bargaining committee. Despite this we have been unable to reach a negotiated agreement and the strike continues.
On October 26, an exploratory meeting, called by mediators from the Ministry of Labour, was held between Peel CAS and CUPE Local 4914. The mediators determined that a deal could not be reached and made a decision to end bargaining. Peel CAS did not walk away from the table.
Peel CAS wants this strike to end and for our employees to get back to important job they do with the children and families of Peel Region.
We have reached agreement on the vast majority of issues. What remains outstanding are job evaluation/reclassification, workload, and a one time lump sum payment. Costs associated with these outstanding issues will have a financial impact and raise our costs beyond what we receive in funding.