Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 12, 2012 20:03 ET

The Region of Peel: equal rights violated, CUPE asserts

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2012) - The Region of Peel today walked away from the bargaining table with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966 representing Ontario Works, the social service employees at the Region of Peel.

"The Region of Peel needs to stick to its own 'regional values' when it comes to equality in the workplace and the community, and restore trust and confidence to front line workers. They are intentionally targeting women at their work places," said Michel Revelin, vice president of CUPE Local 966.

"The pattern in Peel, one of the richest municipalities in Ontario, has been to provide its male-dominated unionized workers in the cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon with a 2 percent wage increase per year over the next 3 years with no claw-backs on benefits and, in fact, with some increases.

"The Region, however, has targeted its female dominated positions once again refusing wage increases and demanding extensive reductions to their benefits plan," Revelin continued.

"The employer is trying to reduce wages and benefits for some workers, while at the same time providing management and non-union personnel a 2 percent increase to the management grid with performance bonuses up to 7.5 percent.

"Management is demanding no wage increases and claw-backs from female-dominated units while they can potentially realize a 9.5 percent wage increase this year.

"Worst yet," said Mary Jo Falle, president of CUPE 966. "The employer has indicated at the bargaining table that it further intends to target women on pregnancy leave, workers who are on compensation and even totally disabled workers on long-term disability and fire those workers immediately if they are off work for two years."

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  • CUPE Local 966
    Mary Jo Falle

    CUPE Local 966
    Michel Revelin
    Vice President

    CUPE Communications
    Wendy Forbes