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MISSISSAUGA, ON – Four units of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966 have voted overwhelmingly to strike.

In votes held last week, public health nurses voted 100 per cent to strike, Public Works employees voted 93 per cent, Ontario Works voted 89 per cent and Transhelp employees voted 96 per cent to strike.

Our members have spoken loudly and clearly,” said Mary-Jo Falle, president of CUPE Local 966. “They have given our bargaining teams strong mandates to negotiate on their behalf.”

The Region of Peel has a number of concessions on the table that are not acceptable to us. They want major concessions to our benefits. They refuse to post schedules of work and want to give no notice of shift changes and hours of work, meaning every week and days can be a different schedule with different start and finish times. Management refuses wage increases for our members compared to a possible 9.5 per cent raise for non union employees.”

Other take aways on the table include employees who have been away from work for two calendar years will automatically be fired, no matter what the reason for the absence, and any letters of discipline would stay in an employee file for 24 months, unless it is for harassment in which case it stays in the employees file forever.

The Public Health Unit will be in conciliation on Thursday of this week. To protest the Region of Peel’s intransigent position there will be a rally during the lunch break in conciliation on Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at the Regional offices. 

WHAT: Solidarity Rally

WHEN: Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Region of Peel offices, 10 Peel Centre Drive

For more information, please contact:

Mary-Jo Falle, CUPE 966 President: 905-502-6599 (office), 289-233-3714 (cell)
Michel Revelin, CUPE 966 Vice-President: 905-502-6599 (office), 416-822-3779 (cell)
Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications: 416-292-3999 (office), 416-892-8716 (cell)