Mediator finds Peel CAS and striking CUPE workers too far apart to resume talks
According to the Peel Children’s Aid Society (CAS), a provincially appointed mediator has concluded the agency and union representing striking workers are still too far apart on critical issues to resume stagnant contract negotiations.
Some 435 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4914, which includes frontline child protection workers, administrative staff and other personnel at Peel CAS, has been on strike for eight weeks.
The labour dispute continues over workload and job evaluation issues.
CUPE Local President Sonia Yung sent an email to Peel CAS CEO Rav Bains on Nov. 4 requesting a return to the bargaining table.
Bains told Yung to contact the mediator to arrange resumption of negotiations.
“It is our understanding that the provincially appointed mediator consulted with the union team and concluded that their position on our offer had not changed, as such, she felt that another meeting would not be useful and she will not be holding one,” Bains said Nov.9.