Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966, Ontario Works Unit, voted on Wednesday night to reject an offer from the Region of Peel.
“Our members have spoken very clearly,” said Mary Jo Falle, president of CUPE 966. “They will not be treated as second-class workers. As it stands, they are offering us a two-tier system and that is not acceptable.”
The Region of Peel is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada with a very diverse population. Peel delivers services to 1.3 million residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
“If the Region is going to continue to increase its capacity and provide quality services to its ever-increasing population, it’s reasonable to expect them to treat their employees with respect and dignity,” said Michel Revelin, vice-president of Local 966.
“While others are moving forward in the Region, the administration is asking our front line workers to go backwards. This is not conducive to a healthy and productive workforce.
“We are standing strong not just for our Ontario Works members, but also for our other Local 966 brothers and sisters and for the non-union employees as well. Public employees have traditionally set the bar for workers,” Falle concluded.
For further information, please contact:
Mary Jo Falle
President, CUPE Local 966
Vice-President, CUPE Local 966
CUPE National Representative