Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

July 04, 2012 21:05 ET

Striking Region of Peel employees vote on employer's final offer

Human Services, TransHelp ratify, Public Works votes to reject; Union awaits regional council vote tomorrow

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 4, 2012) - Striking Region of Peel employees have voted today on their employer's last offer.

Two striking units of Local 966 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 966) - representing the region's Human Services Department, which administers Ontario Works, Children's Services, Housing Services and Integrated Business Divisions - and TransHelp, which operates the region's accessible transit service, voted in favour of accepting the region's latest offer.

A third unit, representing Public Works employees, voted to reject the region's latest offer.

Mary Jo Falle, President of Local 966, said the members who ratified are looking forward to returning to work on Tuesday, July 10, the date proposed by the region.

Those members who accepted are ready to return on the date proposed by the employer, although they could be to work sooner if the region chose to do so," she said.

The agreements approved by Local 966 members today still must be ratified by Peel Regional Council, which is expected to vote on the package tomorrow.

Local 966's bargaining committee will now request further talks with the region in an effort to secure an agreement acceptable to Public Works employees.

"Those members who voted to accept will return to work on the day the region indicated they can be ready. It's now up to Regional Council to finish two jobs-ratify the agreements they demanded Human Services and TransHelp vote on, and direct their negotiators to come up with a fair deal that gets our Public Works members back on the job," said Falle.

"Given the watermain incident today that nearly killed someone in Brampton, it's high time our qualified and trained members were back on the job," she added.

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