Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 15, 2009 11:22 ET

CUPE: Workers at Community Living Association Lanark Face Strike Deadline, Will Rally at Monday's Annual Meeting

CARLETON PLACE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - Workers at Community Living Association Lanark County will hold an information picket at the association's annual general meeting on Monday, June 15 to make their case against concessions and for a pension plan.

The lack of a pension is one of the key issues in negotiations for a new collective agreement. About 90 members of CUPE 1521-02 will be in a legal strike or lockout position in early July, 17 days after the provincially-appointed conciliator issues the no-board report requested by the union.

CUPE 1521-02 took the step after repeated refusals by their employer to agree to a pension plan and wage improvements similar to what most other developmental service workers in Ontario have received, said Unit Chair Karen Bowes.

"This employer continues to oppose increases even though the funding is and has been available from the province - because everyone agrees low wages in the sector have created a staff recruitment and retention crisis," said Bowes. "To add insult to injury, this employer is trying to force concessions on our members. The employer is trying to take away sick days and to deny a percentage in lieu of benefits for any new casual workers hired. It's wrong!"

WHO: Members of CUPE 1521-02

WHAT: Picket for a pension plan at Community Living Association Lanark
County AGM

WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2009

WHERE: Almonte Curling Club, 182 Bridge Street, Almonte

Contact Information

  • CUPE 1521-02
    Karen Bowes
    Unit Chair
    (613) 264-7890