For immediate release
November 9, 2016
Ministry of Labour mediator will not convene another meeting between Peel CAS & CUPE 4914 at this time
Peel CAS was hopeful that an email request to resume bargaining from CUPE Local 4914’s President meant the union was ready to resolve the outstanding items in the collective agreement, end the strike and get employees back to work as soon as possible.
“We immediately responded and requested the union contact the provincially appointed mediator to signal their interest in meeting,” says Rav Bains, CEO, Peel CAS. “As the union requested conciliation by the Ministry of Labour we think it is appropriate to follow the standard labour relations practice of continuing to work with the Ministry's guidance.”
Peel CAS put forward its final offer to CUPE Local 4914 on October 26. “It is our understanding that the provincially appointed mediator consulted with the union team and concluded that their position on our offer had not changed, as such, she felt that another meeting would not be useful and she will not be holding one.” says Bains. “Simply put, we can’t resume bargaining until the union is actually willing to achieve a resolution.”
Peel CAS’s offer included wage increases and improvements to benefits including mileage, cell phone and family leave in each year of the contract which matched the union’s proposal. Peel CAS also agreed to many language changes in areas of worker safety and workload.
“We are disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement with CUPE Local 4914’s bargaining committee,” says Bains. “It is our goal to reach a negotiated collective agreement that is fair to our employees and respects the important job they do, while enabling us to operate the agency within the fixed funding envelope. This is not an easy task.”
CUPE Local 4914 has been on strike since September 19. Peel CAS has implemented its Contingency Plan and continues to provide essential child protection services to the community. “The care and safety of the children and families we work with continues to be our priority,” adds Bains. “We encourage our community to continue to call with child protection concerns. We will be prioritizing and responding to urgent situations to ensure the safety of children in Peel Region. We ask the public for their patience and understanding during the continuing labour disruption.”
For further information contact:
Lucie Baistrocchi, 905-363-3616 ext. 1153 or firstname.lastname@example.org