For Immediate release
January 24, 2017
Peel CAS and CUPE Local 4914 have a new collective agreement. After a 13-week strike, CUPE Local 4914 members returned to work on December 19 with both parties agreeing to settle outstanding items through binding arbitration.
The outstanding items went before a mutually-selected arbitrator on January 21, 2017. The arbitrator issued his decision on Monday, January 23. “We are pleased with the arbitrator’s decisions and the new collective agreement,” says Peel Children’s Aid CEO Rav Bains.
The new collective agreement is a three year contract which runs from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019. The arbitrator’s decision includes a onetime lump sum payment of $1,250, new workload ranges for three worker groups which reduces cases by one per month and increases union involvement in the job classification process. The new contract also includes items previously agreed to by the parties, including wage increases of 1.5% in each year and improvements to benefits including mileage, cell phone and family leave in each year of the contract. As well, the agreement includes agreed language changes in the area of worker safety.
CUPE Local 4914 represents child protection, administrative and support workers at Peel Children’s Aid. “We respect the work done by our employees and believe the new collective agreement will allow the Agency to continue to meet our mandate and serve the community,” adds Bains.
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