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Sault-Ste-Marie, Ont. -   Members of CUPE 1880, Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Algoma workers, gave a clear strike mandate to their bargaining committee yesterday, Wednesday April 23.

The 90 per cent strike vote sent a clear message to both the bargaining committee – that members were clearly behind them - and to the employer – that CUPE 1880 members demand a fair deal at the bargaining table.

Lee-Ann Pettenuzzo, Vice President of CAS local 1880, said “Our commitment is to the children of Algoma first and foremost, and the families and the community at large.

This vote sends a clear message to our employer, we are here to support the children, families and our communities, but we cannot do our jobs if our hands are tied by workload issues that keep us in the office instead of out with our families, and if the issues of health and safety are not addressed.” 

CUPE represents 150 child welfare workers at the Children’s Aid Society of Algoma. The purpose of the Children’s Aid Society is to protect the children of Algoma and promote their well being in a manner that reflects community standards and the spirit of related legislation, while making the most efficient use of community and Society resources.

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For further information contact:

Lee-Ann Pettenuzzo
Vice President CAS, CUPE Local 1880
(705) 257-7172

 Rick Alexander
CUPE National Representative
(705) 943-5515