Peel Children’s Aid (Peel CAS) and CUPE Local 4914 have been working since March 2016 to arrive at a new collective agreement. Unfortunately, negotiations have broken down and as of September 17, 2016 the Union can commence a strike or the employer can lock out staff. We have agreed to mediation on September 14, 2016.
Our goal is to arrive at a negotiated collective agreement that reflects the nature of the work done by our unionized staff and recognizes the reality of limited funding and the legislated requirement of a balanced budget. It is important that our operational costs do not increase to the point where our ability to deliver service to vulnerable children and families in our community is compromised.
We hope to come to an agreement with the Union at mediation on September 14. If this is not possible, and a decision is made not to continue to meet, there could be a reduction in service as early as September 17. If Peel CAS and the Union are in a strike situation, the care and safety of the children and families we work with will continue to be our primary focus.
In the event that a strike cannot be averted, we will be implementing our Contingency Plan which allows for the provision of essential child protection services. As a result, this may impact the level of service that we can provide to the community. We encourage our community to call with child protection concerns. We will have qualified staff answering these calls during our business and after hours. We will be prioritizing and responding to the most urgent situations to ensure the safety of children in Peel Region. Examples of work that will continue during a strike include -- conducting all investigations where a child might be at immediate risk, attending court and monitoring open cases.
Our website – www.peelcas.org – will be kept up to date with the most recent information. Thank you for your support, patience and understanding.
Rav Bains, Chief Executive Officer