City of Vaughan part-time workers seek equal treatment, begin strike preparations



    VAUGHAN, ON, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Part-time clerical and technical
staff with the City of Vaughan are beginning to prepare for possible job
action after contract negotiations broke off this week.
    CUPE 905, which represents the 80 workers, has requested a no-board
report, beginning the countdown to a legal strike/lockout deadline of July 2.
    "This is about fairness and equity," said bargaining unit chair Heather
Vidito. "These workers, who are mostly women, are the only group of city
employees who do not have benefits. And, they earn significantly less than
full-time employees who are often doing similar, if not the same, work."
    Part-time employees are not even included when it comes to service
recognition awards, she said. Long-term, part-time employees can only stand by
and watch as full-time employees are recognized for their years of service,
knowing that no such awards will come to them.
    "It's like they don't matter," Vidito said, "unless the city can use
part-time employees to cut costs. Council had no problem finding the millions
to build a new city hall, but they won't provide benefits to their part-time
staff."
    Vidito said she hopes the city will return to the bargaining table with a
better offer before the strike/lockout deadline.
    "We don't want to disrupt service for Vaughan residents," she said. "But,
at this point, I think anyone planning to bring their children to recreation
programs, which start the first week of July, should be prepared for chaos."




For further information:

For further information: Heather Vidito, CUPE 905 Bargaining Unit Chair,
(416) 891-7884; Lorne Trevors, CUPE National Representative, (416) 292-3999;
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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