The members of CUPE Local 3083 have been trying to negotiate a new contract with the agency since October, 1999 when their last contract expired. The workers have not had a raise in eight years.
They will be in a legal strike position on April 2 (12:01 a.m.). They hope to be in mediation with the agency before that deadline, in an effort to avoid a disruption in service.
The frontline workers provide day care services at Rolling Hills Childrens Place and services to developmentally disabled children and adults.
Outstanding issues in the dispute include:
- No wage increase in eight years
- Employer demands for concessions to benefits
- Job security language
- Health & Safety issues
- Mileage provisions
In addition, the 100 employees of the Dufferin Association for Community Living have faced serious cuts to their hours of work over the last few years, as a result of restructuring.
CUPE Local 3083 is launching a public information campaign across Dufferin County, to highlight the issues in the dispute. They will be using the slogan, “Dufferin ACL Support WorkersWere Worth It!”
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)
Lorraine Radke, Spokesperson, CUPE Local 3083
(905) 880-7066 (h)