HAMILTON, ON, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - In a vote held July 24, workers at
OPSEU Local 262, Hamilton Outreach, Ontario March of Dimes have
unanimously rejected a final contract offer from the employer.
The offer would create a two-tier work force where new employees do not
receive some of the benefits current employees receive, and eliminates
major portions of the current contract's job security language.
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said his members are looking for
modest improvements that are completely in line with today's economic
realities. "We're looking for very frugal gains that will not put any
significant pressure on this employer," Thomas said. "We haven't even
asked for a wage increase. However, the employer has completely
rejected our proposals and instead wants to strip away benefits and job
security provisions from their workers."
Hamilton Outreach has requested a "No Board" report from the Ontario
Labour Relations Board, which starts the legal clock towards a strike
or lockout. This could happen by mid-August.
Thomas said the union has requested that the employer return to the
bargaining table and enter into mediation through a provincial
conciliator with the goal of reaching an agreement. The employer so far
has refused to meet unless the union accepts their final offer.
"There is no reason why we can't reach an agreement on this contract,"
Thomas said. "We have already put forward a reasonable position. Now
it's up to this employer to return to the bargaining table and do the
For further information:
Michael Culkeen, OPSEU Negotiator 1-800-268-7376