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Unannounced Rally

August 22, 2011 permalink

Before their rally for better working conditions, Peterborough CAS workers took the precaution of not making a public announcement. That avoided a disruption similar to what happened on June first in London.

Fixcas supports the CAS workers on this issue. Reducing the number of cases handled by CAS would improve the safety of Ontario's children.



Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith, president of Local 334 holds a bundle of balloons bearing the OPSEU logo outside the Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society Monday morning. About 10 union members held a rally to show support for the bargaining unit as contract talks continue.

CAS workers rally outside agency

OPSEU workers employed with the Kawartha Haliburton Children's Aid Society held a rally outside the organization's Chemong Rd. office Monday morning.

Jennifer Smith, president of Local 334, said the rally aims to raise awareness about ongoing bargaining issues between the union and management.

About 10 workers handed out bright blue balloons to passersby, and tied the balloons to vehicles in their workplace parking lot.

Unionized workers have voted in favour of a strike. Smith said bargaining unit members were meeting with a conciliator Tuesday to try and alleviate a stalemate at the bargaining table.

"Hopefully we'll make some movement," she said. "Nobody wants to go on strike.

Smith said the issues don't hinge on money.

The union wants to address the issue of heavy workloads and hours of work, arguing that the issue is affecting employee wellness and the level of service the agency offers its clients.

Smith said workers are discussing the issue with concerned clients as contract talks continue.

Local 334 represents about 150 employees.

Source: Peterborough Examiner