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Open letter to Peel CAS employees - Binding arbitration

Dear colleagues,

We are very eager to end this nine week strike and get you back to work doing the important job that you do for the children and families of Peel Region.

Media reports today indicate that your local president may request binding arbitration.  That request has not yet been made, but we want you to know as early as possible why we would not agree to arbitration at this time.

We believe it is important that those who actually work at our agency come to an agreement on the terms and conditions of employment, rather than having a third-party impose them.  Arbitration removes your opportunity to have a say on your own collective agreement. 

On November 10 we wrote to you and sent you the offer of settlement we proposed to the union.  A great deal of work went into ensuring that the offer reasonably responded to your concerns and, at the same time, was responsible in light of our financial constraints.  We hope you take the time to review it carefully.

We think you deserve the opportunity to have your voice heard and to vote on your collective agreement.

Sincerely,

Rav Bains
CEO