Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

September 10, 2009 18:52 ET

Strike Ends as Workers Ratify New Contract at Lanark Community Living

CARLETON PLACE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - A ten week long strike at the Community Living Association Lanark County formally ended today when workers voted to ratify a new two year contract.

Front line staff at the Community Living agency, members of CUPE Local 1521.02, gathered at the Independent Grocery in Carleton Place to hear a detailed report on the terms and conditions of a proposed two year collective agreement, following which workers voted to accept the deal and formally end the strike that began July 04th.

CUPE local leaders said the new contract includes gains on retirement concerns by expanding RRSP coverage to all employees, protection of the stability and consistency of service by removing management's contracting -out proposals and an agreement to flow ministry funding that was earmarked for workers in 2007.

"We're very pleased to be going to back to work and supporting the people who depend on us at Community Living, but none of us are happy about a strike that was forced upon us by a reckless local management." said Local Union Chairperson Kathy Bowes.

"Now that the strike is over, CUPE is looking to the provincial government to move quickly on our formal request for an operational review of the local agency's finances." Said CUPE national representative Doreen Beath who noted that CUPE's call for an operational review was supported by area MPP, Conservative, Randy Hillier.

"This strike didn't need to happen," Beath said, "and is a direct result of the Community Living Board of Directors having surrendered leadership of the agency to an out of control Executive Director."

Community living workers, members of CUPE 1521.02 provide support and care for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Contact Information

  • CUPE 1521.02 Chair
    Karen Bowes
    CUPE National Representative
    Doreen Beath
    CUPE Communications
    Chris Watson