The employer consistently pushed for unnecessary concessions like forcing an indefinite number of temporary assignments on members and shift schedules where workers would be made available over a greater period of time, which could mean compressed work weeks and rotating shifts. These changes wouldn’t help workers deliver important services, and they do little more than make work more precarious and unstable.
Despite this, members of CUPE Local 53 tried to meet the employer half-way with ideas to meet their claimed needs. The employer rejected each one of these proposals and now the workers are on strike.
Municipal workers at the Town of Whitby deserve better. Let’s send a message to councillors and the mayor because it’s time to support municipal workers in getting a good deal.