Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 22, 2009 09:53 ET

CUPE: Community Living Lanark Lets Community Down With Fake Bargaining

CUPE shows flexibility but agency stays stuck and keeps strike going

CARLETON PLACE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2009) - The Community Living Association-Lanark County has let the community down again by wasting time at the bargaining table, says the union representing 90 striking developmental services workers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 1521.02.

"Community Living Association-Lanark County has let the community down by failing to actually do any real bargaining today," says Doreen Beath, National Rep for CUPE 1521.02. "Instead, they clung to their demands for concessions and refused to work creatively with us to improve our retirement plan to prevent workers from retiring into poverty. The employer's positions are not good for their workers, for the people we support or for the community."

CUPE tried for 13 hours today to reach a settlement, tabling alternatives, options and remaining open to discussion. The agency, by contrast, clung to rollbacks and concessions and failed to show flexibility on the retirement plan. After a day-long session of mediation, the agency revealed its intransigence by resubmitting the same proposals at 10:30 PM as they had at 9:00 PM.

"Sadly, the strike continues," said Beath. "We were optimistic earlier today about returning to the bargaining table, but now we're left to wonder why they employer has such disdain for its workers and for the people we support."

"The agency even refused to meet face-to-face with CUPE's bargaining team," Beath said. "They need to check their heads and their hearts and come back to the table ready to bargain, not posture. Are they genuinely trying to reach a deal together or not?"

Contact Information

  • CUPE National Rep
    Doreen Beath
    cell 613 552 6826
    CUPE Communications
    David Robbins,
    cell 613 878 1431