Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 22, 2009 10:14 ET

Time for a Fair Contract-CUPE to Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2009) - Social service workers with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara will stage a "Time for a fair contract" rally prior to the CMHA Niagara's board meeting today, Thursday, October 22, at 5:00 pm, 20 Jarvis Street, Fort Erie. The workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will urge the board of directors to get involved in bargaining talks and offer a fair contract to their employees.

"We want the board to know that all we want is a fair contract," said Katherine Vindis, spokesperson for CUPE 1287. "Instead of finding a deal, the hired consultant is more interested in re-writing the contract, including changing seniority lists, re-classifying part-time workers and other changes."

Since bargaining began in February 2009, the union has met with the employer's representative 12 times. "After a dozen meetings, the consultant is still pushing for changes that have nothing to do with the services provided by the agency," continued Vindis. "It is disappointing, but we're focused on getting a deal so we can continue to provide important services to people who need our help."

CUPE 1287 represents over 73 community mental health workers who provide mental health services and counseling to people dealing with mental health problems in the greater Niagara area. The workers' last contract expired on March 31, 2009. Conciliation talks will continue on October 29 and 30.

"The board needs to know what is really going on at the bargaining table," said Vindis. "We want our employer to show us respect and to move away from ridiculous demands that have nothing to do with what we do for our clients."

Contact Information

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
    Katherine Vindis
    CUPE 1287 Spokesperson
    905-685-0001
    or
    Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
    Dean Mainville
    CUPE National Representative
    905-641-3051
    or
    Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
    James Chai
    CUPE Communications
    416-292-3999