BRAMPTON, ON. (June 4, 2012) – The Region of Peel advises that 282 Public Works employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966 are on strike effective today, Monday, June 4. These employees are joining approximately 500 Human Services staff that have been on strike since Thursday, May 3.
Talks broke down over the weekend with two bargaining units represented by CUPE Local 966. The bargaining team representing the striking Human Services employees rejected a revised offer from the Region on Saturday, June 2 that included amendments to address concerns raised after the ratification vote. On Sunday, June 3, CUPE Local 966 demanded that the Region abandon its mandate to bargain for a contract that offsets the value of wage increases with amendments to the collective agreement that reduces costs and/or introduces efficiencies in the administration of the agreement. The Region chose not to deviate from its mandate and even though CUPE Local 966 had accepted this mandate in its bargaining for the Public Health employees, this time, CUPE Local 966 decided to abandon talks regarding Public Works.
“Client service remains a priority and will not be compromised through labour disruptions,” says Steve Davis, Acting Director of Human Resources. “Business continuity plans are in place to ensure minimal impact to service delivery.”
“Residents are asked to be patient and respectful when encountering picketers at any Regional facility,” adds Davis.
Peel’s water is safe to drink and supply will not be interrupted. The Region is committed to delivering safe, clean water to customers at all times. Drinking water continues to be tested, treated and monitored by qualified non-unionized staff. Peel’s drinking water will continue to meet all provincial regulatory requirements set out in the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.
Lakeview and Lorne Park water treatment facilities and transmission operations are operated and maintained by the Ontario Clean Water Agency under contract to the Region of Peel, and will continue to operate as normal.
The Battleford and Caledon Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are closed effective immediately. Residents who were planning on using these facilities are encouraged to hold on to their material or visit the Bolton, Brampton and Fewster CRCs instead. Regular operating hours are in effect; however, residents may experience delays at these CRC locations.
Collection services are still operating but residents may expect delays in their curbside pick up. Residents should note that if garbage is not picked up on their regular collection day, they should ensure it is ready for pick up the next day, no later than 7 a.m. Additional information on curbside collection will be released as it becomes available.
Peel Region’s Waste Management division recognizes that curbside collection is a priority and in order to maintain service standards, collection methods may be changed. Residents should follow their regular collection program and continue to separate their materials. All efforts will be made to pick up material in a timely manner. Note that the by-law against illegal dumping will continue to be enforced.
Business continuity plans remain in place and clients will continue to receive Ontario Works payments, as well as child care and housing subsidies.
On April 4, 2012, the Region reached a tentative agreement with Public Health employees represented by CUPE Local 966 that provided for a one per cent increase on July 1, 2013, a one per cent increase on January 1, 2014 and contained changes to the collective agreement that reduced costs and improved efficiencies in its administration. This agreement was ratified by both the membership and Regional Council.
Visit peelregion.ca for updates related to the labour disruption or follow Public Works on Twitter at http://twitter.com/peelpublicworks.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.