If more than 400 ‘outside’ workers in Durham Region get to a legal strike or lockout position on October 13, it will be about job equity, not wages, says Dan McGregor, president of CUPE 1785.
“We are seeking a process to review our jobs in order to determine if people are being paid equitably, something that Durham Region has done for other staff including management,” McGregor said. “Fairness is the main issue, not wages.”
The union is also concerned about major scheduling changes proposed by the Region.
“The best way for the Region to make sure services to residents are not disrupted is to sit down at the negotiating table and treat our issues seriously,” said McGregor, whose members have been without a collective agreement for six months.
“We are scheduled to meet together with the mediator again on Friday, October 10. Let’s make some real progress on job equity and scheduling so that we can reach a fair collective agreement and continue the important work that we do for the residents of Durham.”