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ESPANOLA – Union negotiators for 46 support workers at the Espanola and District Association for Community Living (ACL) reached a tentative agreement yesterday, avoiding a strike.

“I want to thank members of the community and relatives and friends of our clients for their support during this period of uncertainty,” says CUPE Local 2462.01 president Mike Boivin. “With your support and with the support of our members who were well prepared for a strike, we were able to achieve a fair collective agreement.”

“I want to congratulate this local and their members on their determination and will to achieve a fair agreement,” says CUPE National Representative Anna Sweet. “The best way to avoid a strike is to be fully prepared and ready to walk if necessary.”

Details of the agreement will not be available until after ratification by the union and management. The union will hold ratification votes later this week.

“We care about the services and support we offer our clients,” says Mike Boivin, president of CUPE Local 2462.01. “We said all along that a strike was our last resort if we could not reach a fair settlement. Now that we have one, we can get back to doing the job we love in a more stable environment.”

This predominantly female group of 46 workers offers counselling, support and care for young people and adults with exceptional needs, including developmental and behavioural problems, in group homes and individual housing.

“We will be recommending this deal to the membership,” says Boivin. “We made progress on all our bargaining objectives.”


For further information, please contact:
Anna Sweet, CUPE National Rep.
Mike Boivin, CUPE 2462.01 President
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications Rep.