The following statement was issued by Local 2049 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) about recent developments in the ongoing lockout at the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound:

On Wednesday, April 5, the president of CUPE 2049 was contacted by a representative from Ministry of Labour, who asked the union to consider binding arbitration as a means of reaching an agreement between the union and the society and allowing services to the community to be restored. CUPE 2049 agreed to entertain the request.

To give the process a fair chance of success, both parties have agreed to refrain from public statements regarding next steps. CUPE will therefore issue no communications about the lockout or progress toward a resolution until further notice.