(Oxford County) Workers at the Oxford County Children’s Aid Society (CAS), who are represented by CUPE Local 2193, have given their union a strong strike mandate, with 100% of members who voted endorsing job action if necessary.
We have entered conciliation talks with our employer,” said Mike Dunn, CUPE national representative, and we will meet again on Friday of this week. But we are concerned that the employer does not take seriously our concerns about workload. At a time when social service agencies across the province are seeking to implement workload caps, out of recognition that there is a high level of burnout and turnover in this sector, Oxford County continues to balk.”
“We’d like to see a settlement without a strike, but this strike mandate tells us how important the workload issue is to our members, and we’re hoping the employer recognizes that,” Dunn added.
CUPE Local 2193 represents approximately 60 workers at the Oxford County CAS, including full-time and part-time child protection workers, child and youth workers, support and maintenance staff. CUPE represents 180,000 workers across Ontario, many of whom work for social service agencies, municipalities, hospitals, school boards, and universities.
For further information:
Mike Dunn, CUPE national representative, (519) 274-3518 (cell)
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999, or (416) 738-4329 (cell)