Supportive housing services in the Region of Peel are unnecessarily being placed at risk, the President of Local 966 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 966) warned today.
“Our bargaining team has worked extremely hard to present a proposal that reflects the needs of our members, while protecting vital public services and respecting the residents of Peel Region. In response, we have gotten not even a single proposal from the Employer,” said Mary Jo Falle, president of CUPE 966.
Local 966, which represents staff at Supportive Housing in Peel (SHIP), have been attempting to bargain a fair collective agreement since late last year. To date, Local 966 has met four times with SHIP for bargaining, with no meaningful results.
“We are no closer to an agreement now than we were back in 2012 when this round of bargaining began,” said Falle.
The union applied for conciliation with the Provincial Ministry of Labour on February 13, and is awaiting the appointment of a Provincial conciliation officer to assist both parties.
Falle reiterated Local 966’s commitment to negotiating “an agreement that is fair to all parties and protects public services Peel residents depend on.”
However, she added that “Local 966 can’t bargain alone. We need a willing partner at the table with us to make that happen.”
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Mary Jo Falle
President CUPE 966