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TIMMINS, Ont. – Child and Family Services of Timmins and District workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), voted last night to ratify a new collective agreement. The five-year deal, reached on Thursday, June 30th, includes annual wage increases of 3 per cent, a voluntary, flexible workweek arrangement, and a mechanism to review and improve workloads.

“We are all relieved that the strike is over,” said Kim Cress, CUPE 2196 spokesperson. “Our members would like to thank everyone who supported us during our strike.”

The 150 social workers, children and youth therapists, mental health counsellors, residential counsellors, early childhood educators and child and welfare workers have been on strike since April 19th. Their new contract covers the period from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2010.

“We are all looking forward to going back to work and serving the children and families in our communities,” said Cress.

For further information, please contact:

Fran Ludwick
CUPE National Representative

James Chai
CUPE Communications