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PEEL - CUPE Local 2842, representing employees of the Community Care Access Centre staff of Peel Region, has ratified the tentative agreement reached with the Peel CCAC on July 18. “This agreement was a long time coming, but the members were successful in achieving their major goals, ” says Paul Jordison, a national representative of CUPE.

The strike lasted eight weeks (minus one day to be precise) and all the members of the Local are very happy with the results.

“We achieved a wage increase of three per cent a year for each year starting in April, 2000. We also achieved both weekend and evening premium increases and vacation improvements for members as well as signing bonuses of $500 for full-time employees and $300 for part-time.

In the area of benefits, we defeated U.S. style managed care with its preferred providers and preauthorization and exclusion of drugs and medicines. Existing hours of work protection has been maintained and major new protections are now provided for both full and part time staff,” Jordison concluded.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadas largest union, represents workers employed by both public and private sector organizations in health care, emergency services, education, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation and airlines, and front-line water services. Founded in 1963 by the amalgamation of the National Union of Public Service Employees and the National Union of Public Employees, CUPE represents half a million workers, 160,000 of whom are in Ontario.

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For further information, please contact:
Paul Jordison, CUPE National Representative, 905-568-4664