Peel CAS and CUPE Local 4914 met with a provincially appointed mediator today to explore if there was enough common ground to resume bargaining. An agreement could not be reached.
“We are disappointed that we were not able to reach an agreement with CUPE Local 4914 bargaining committee,” says CEO Rav Bains, Peel Children’s Aid. “Our final offer on September 14 included wage increases and improvements to benefits including mileage, cell phone and family leave in each year of the three year contract that matched the union’s proposal.” Peel CAS has also agreed to many language changes to the collective agreement as per the union’s proposal. "Today we addressed a number of outstanding issues, including two issues that the union had identified as their priority, health and safety, which was resolved, and workload.
“We were open to exploring alternative approaches to dealing with the remaining outstanding issues if we could do so without further impeding our ability to provide child protection services within our financial constraints,” continues Bains.
CUPE Local 4914 has been on strike since September 19. Peel CAS has implemented its Contingency Plan enabling it to provide 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.”
“We ask the public for their patience and understanding as we operate with a reduced workforce during the continuing strike,” adds Bains.
At this time, further talks have not been scheduled between the union and the agency.
For further information contact:
Lucie Baistrocchi at 905-363-6131 ext. 1153