For immediate release
November 28, 2016
In an effort to end the 11 week strike between Peel CAS and CUPE Local 4914, Peel CAS has decided to exercise its right under the Labour Relations Act to ask the Ministry of Labour to hold a secret ballot vote and give employees the opportunity to vote on its final offer to the union.
“We have put forward our best effort at trying to negotiate a Collective Agreement within our financial mandate,” says Rav Bains, CEO, Peel CAS. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach a Collective Agreement with the Union team so at this time we are going to ask the Ministry to assist us.”
The vote on the agency’s offer will be supervised by the Ontario Labour Relations Board and will be anonymous. “We have always believed that staff should have the final say on whether they want to accept the offer,” says Bains. “It has been a long and difficult strike and we are eager to have our staff back at work.”
Highlights of the offer include wage increases and improvements to benefits including mileage, cell phone and family leave in each year of the three years and a $1,000 lump sum payment. The offer also addresses two of the sticking points including revised language to increase the Union’s input into new job classifications, and workload.
“We know that workload continues to be a significant concern and during negotiations we worked diligently to finds ways to address it within our financial reality. We think that the proposed language balances concerns raised by the union fairly and responsibly,” says Bains. “At this point we are asking for staff to review the offer carefully and exercise their right to participate in this very important vote.”
The outcome of this vote will determine whether the agency and the Union have reached a Collective Agreement or not, and whether the strike will end or continue. Acceptance or rejection of the agency’s offer will be based on 50% plus one of the staff who vote.
CUPE Local 4914 has been on strike since September 19. Peel CAS is providing essential child protection services to the community. “The care and safety of children and families we work with continues to be our priority,” says Bains. “We encourage our community to continue to call with child protection concerns. We will be prioritizing and responding to the most urgent situations to ensure the safety of children in Peel Region.”
For further information contact:
Lucie Baistrocchi at 905-363-6131 ext. 1153 or firstname.lastname@example.org..