Central Neighbourhood House workers ratify new contract; lockout averted



    TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - About 100 workers at
Central Neighbourhood House, one of downtown Toronto's oldest community-based
multi-service agencies, have ratified a new collective agreement.
    "We have achieved a new contract that provides a fair wage increase and
protects our rights in the workplace," said Kelly O'Sullivan, president of
CUPE 4308, which represents the workers. "We are pleased that we were able to
do it without a lockout or strike that would have disrupted services to the
community."
    Community support was key to the workers' success at the bargaining
table.
    "Our community is not just where we work," O'Sullivan said. "For many of
us, it's also our home. That's why our 'respect' campaign asked our employer
not just to respect the workers and the work we do, but also to respect the
community with whom we work."
    The union will continue to press the employer to join in efforts to
secure improved funding for community agencies, which have yet to recover from
the drastic cutbacks of the Harris years, she said.
    "It's not good enough to cry poverty at the bargaining table," she said.
"We hope that our employer will join us as we continue to work for government
investment in our community through community agencies and programs that
support seniors, women, youth and low-income families."




For further information:

For further information: Kelly O'Sullivan, President, CUPE 4308, (416)
596-7927; Garth Smith, CUPE National Representative, (416) 292-3999; Pat
Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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