Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 24, 2007 15:17 ET

OPSEU Local 304: Child Protection Services at Risk in York Region After CAS Staff Reject Final Offer

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2007) - All child protection services in York Region could be withdrawn as of Monday Aug. 27 after staff of the York Children's Aid Society rejected a final contract offer.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, representing 180 unionized staff at York CAS, was close to an agreement with the employer when talks broke down. The bargaining team could not accept the employer's last position on wages, workload and mileage.

If there is a strike, members will be available to the media:

Place: 25 Millard Avenue, Newmarket
Time: Monday Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m.

Workload is a key issue for union members. "Our members want to be able to respond to the urgent needs of children and families without placing anyone in jeopardy," said OPSEU Local 304 President Lisa Maynard.

"In a two year period we turned over 50 per cent of our staff, often leaving to work in other CAS agencies. This employer can no longer ignore the crippling workload at York Region CAS," said OPSEU Local President Lisa Maynard.

OPSEU members are determined to secure a collective agreement that will address the serious problems with working conditions at the agency.

The most recent contract expired March 31, 2007. No bargaining is scheduled.

Contact Information

  • OPSEU Local 304
    Erin Kinsley
    Vice President
    Cell: (416) 564-6738