Dear Sisters and Brothers;
We have spent the last 14 months without a Collective Agreement. As I am sure you are aware this has been an extremely tough round of negotiations. Together we have been prepared to take job action if necessary in order to fight for wage increases, a collective agreement without concessions, job security and respect.
This week our Central Bargaining Committee continues to negotiate to reach a fair collective agreement. The effects of our escalation in job action (Work to Rule) is being felt throughout the province and is having the effect at the central table that we were hoping for. With that said, it may become necessary to escalate our job action further if concessions remain on the bargaining table or in the event that School Boards move to change our working conditions, such as reducing our pay.
In the event that a decision is made to move to “Off the Job Strike Action”, the following are a few suggestions to better help you and your family prepare.
- Fill all prescriptions, including children and spouse prior to strike action commencing, as well as attending any para professional appointments in advance of strike action (Optometrist, Physiotherapist, Massage Therapy);
- Avoid large purchases;
- Talk to your financial institute, make arrangements for loans and mortgages in the event of strike action;
- Call your local union for further information
We understand how difficult these times have been for you and want to assure you that your local and CUPE are here to support and answer any questions you may have.
Please contact the local at (905)544-7733. Also, keep visiting our website for up-to-date bargaining information.