Safety a Top Priority for the Region of Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (July 16, 2012) – The Region of Peel has taken action against some employees involved in acts that have compromised public safety during the labour strike at the Region of Peel.
“The safety and security of our residents, visitors and employees continues to be a top priority of the Region,” said Steve Davis, Acting Director, Human Resources. “The Region does not tolerate any acts of aggression, violence, harassment or discrimination. We have policies and procedures to ensure that our workplaces remain safe.”
The vast majority of employees at the picket lines have behaved appropriately; however, some have not. As a result, a small number of union and non-union employees have been disciplined for their actions.
“We have witnessed a number of incidents at Regional facilities that has put both safety and security at risk,” added Davis. “To date, these incidents have been investigated and action has been taken with the employees involved. We will continue to investigate all reports and monitor inappropriate behaviour.”
In addition, there have been incidents between members of the public and picketing employees at some Regional facilities. In some of these cases investigations by Peel Regional Police have resulted in charges being brought against members of the public that include assault and reckless driving.
“The Region of Peel respects the right to engage in lawful picketing,” said Davis, “and that includes respecting the safety and security of everyone involved.”
Last week, more than 600 unionized employees in Human Services and TransHelp returned to work after the Region and CUPE Local 966 ratified collective agreements. Approximately 280 Public Works employees remain on strike.
The Region advises that:
- Peel’s water has always been and remains safe to drink;
- Curbside collection of all materials continues;
- Bi-weekly yard waste pick-up in Brampton and Mississauga resumed on July 9. Check your waste guide or visit peelregion.ca for details;
- Three of five Community Recycling Centres remain open. Visit peelregion.ca for details;
- TransHelp services have returned to normal;
- On July 17, normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. resume at Human Services locations at 7120 Hurontario St., Mississauga and 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton for walk-ins, pre-booked appointments and access to the Employment Resource Centres; and
- Applications for Ontario Works, housing and child care subsidies can be completed by telephone or online.
Visit peelregion.ca for the most up-to-date service information or call the Region of Peel at 905-791-7800.
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.