Toronto, Ont. – Developmental services workers in 90 workplaces across Toronto, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2191, have signed a memorandum of settlement with Community Living Toronto, after a final day of bargaining that ended at 5:30 am January 26th.
“After 10 months of frustrating bargaining we’re pleased to have signed the memorandum and that our members have ratified it,” said Edgar Godoy, President of CUPE 2191. “Despite the threat of being locked out, our members remained committed to supporting the individuals in service and their families.”
CUPE 2191 has 1100 members who service 6000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The settlement contains some much needed improvements to language in the collective agreement and compensation of wage increases in each of the three year agreement, along with a pension plan that boasts being one of the best in the sector.
Through the strong support of the members of the bargaining unit, there were no concessions in the settlement and some pieces of language around violence in the workplace policy development, central bargaining forum participation, joint advocacy and Ministry mandated job qualifications were achieved.
“Although the process has been a very long one for the parties, I believe they have achieved some very important gains for both Community Living Toronto and the Local,” said Donna Carlaw, CUPE National Representative.