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Workers at Central Neighbourhood House (CNH), members of CUPE 4308, will hold a community meeting and free BBQ Saturday, July 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at Allen Gardens in Toronto.

The Board of Directors at CNH has asked the Ministry of Labour for a ‘no board’ putting them in a position to lock out over 100 workers beginning July 14.  CUPE and the employer will be in mediation on July 12.

CNH is a multi-service community agency that has been providing programs, services and supports to the downtown east Toronto community since 1911.  If there is a lock out, the members of CUPE 4308 will not be able to provide the many programs and services offered to the community.

We’re in negotiations with the management of CNH to gain a reasonable wage increase and better working conditions for our members,” said Kelly O’Sullivan, president of CUPE 4308.

The idea of this gathering is to bring the whole community together.  Many of us who work at CNH also live in this neighbourhood.  We want to explain to our community what the impact of a lock out will be and to rally their support in demanding CNH continue to provide the much needed programs we offer.

We’re encouraging everyone to tell CNH management to respect the workers, respect the work we do and to respect the community with whom we work.”

Along with the BBQ there will be music, performers, children’s activities, balloons and information on how to help keep CNH doors open.