Peel children’s aid workers stage Brampton rally calling for end to seven-week strike
Union firm on workload and safety issues
Striking workers with Peel Children’s Aid Society (CAS) rallied in Brampton Thursday, Nov. 3 to call for a return to contract negotiations that could bring an end to a seven-week labour disruption.
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4914 walked off the job Sept. 18 and remain on picket lines over workload and job evaluation issues.
Peel CAS and the union, representing about 435 frontline child protection workers, administrative staff and other personnel, have tried and failed to reach settlement with the aid of a mediator.
The union said the rally was supposed to highlight the need for Peel CAS to address worker and child safety issues at the bargaining table.
“Overflowing caseloads mean workers are not able to provide the necessary level of attention to each case and that puts kids at risk,” said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn in a news release. “The Peel Children’s Aid Society needs to take this seriously.”