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Oshawa Workers at the Durham Childrens Aid Society, who are represented by CUPE Local 3223, have offered to extend tomorrows strike/lockout deadline in an effort to reach a mediated settlement with their employer.

We met our employer in the presence of a provincial mediator on Wednesday, said Mary-Anne Lesniewski, president of Local 3223, and frankly, we did not see enough movement on the employers part. The possibility of a work stoppage remains quite real, but we agree to take the employers last offer to our membership on Tuesday night (October 29th), and if the workers reject it, we have offered to keep talking some more. The employer has not agreed to keep talking beyond Tuesday, she added.

Durham CAS continues to insist on changes to the shift schedule that will push workloads over the brink, put Durhams kids at risk, and create chaos in the system. They are going in the opposite direction from many Childrens Aid workplaces around Ontario. We really hope the deadline extension will give them the time they need to realize this, said Lesniewski.

Local 3223 represents approximately 230 workers at Durham CAS, including full-time and part-time child protection workers, child and youth workers, support and maintenance staff, and nurses. CUPE represents 180,000 workers across Ontario, many of whom work for social service agencies, municipalities, hospitals, school boards, and universities.


For further information:
Mary Anne Lesniewski, president
CUPE Local 3223
(905)-767-8929 (cell)
Linda Newman, CUPE National Representative
(905) 706-9786 (cell)
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications
(416) 292-3999, or (416) 738-4329 (cell)