December strike deadline looms for social service workers
Nov. 28, 2018
/CNW/ - Workers at Welkin Child and Youth Services have voted to take strike action if a new collective agreement cannot be reached. The 40 child and youth workers and social workers are members of Unifor Local 302 and could be on strike as of
"Our members are extremely dedicated to the work they do, providing a critical social service for children and youth who could be dealing with suicidal thoughts, addiction, abusive homes or struggling with their sexuality," said
, Unifor National President. "They cannot be expected to put up with the multiple, outrageous concessions this employer has proposed."
New management at Welkin Child and Youth Services has tabled concessions to benefits, including elimination of vision care, cuts to RRSP contributions, reductions to vacation and sick leave entitlement, and a three-year wage freeze.
"It is extremely rare for health care units such as ours to go on strike, and we hope it doesn't come to that," said
, Unifor Local 302 President. "The membership are extremely dedicated to their clients and their needs so this is certainly a challenging time for them."
The collective agreement expired in
. The union and the employer will meet with the conciliator on
Monday, December 3
Operated by a board of directors, this community agency has its head office in
. It also provides services to in the neighbouring communities
through schools and satellite offices.
Unlike most others in the sector, this workplace is exempt from
Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act (HLDAA), which does not allow essential service providers the right to strike. This comes on the heels of two strikes in
in the last 14 months: Local 2458 members at Medical Labs in
were on strike for three weeks; and Local 229 members at the Port Arthur Health Centre in
were on the picket line for four months.
largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in
and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
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