PETERBOROUGH, ON, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Kawartha-Haliburton Children's
Aid Society (KHCAS) workers have rejected the employer's final offer
with a vote of 82 percent.
With a strike now entering its fifth week, OPSEU Local 334 workers were
unwilling to accept an offer that made no attempt to address key
"These workers have been without a contract for over seven months, and
have spent five weeks on the line. They deserve better," said OPSEU
President, Warren "Smokey" Thomas. "OPSEU will continue to put our full
support behind these workers until the employer comes back with a fair
offer and ends this strike."
"Our strong vote against the employer's final offer gives a clear
indication that our working conditions have to change," said Local
President, Jennifer Smith. "Our workplaces are extremely stressful, and
we work long hours with very poor job security."
"The employer had an opportunity to put an end to this strike, but
instead has showed a complete lack of concern for the best interests of
children and families in our community," said Smith.
Key concerns at the table are workload, job security, hours of work and
OPSEU Local 334 workers at KHCAS include frontline social workers,
child-protection workers and accountants. They serve more than 4300
vulnerable children and their families in Haliburton County, the City
of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Peterborough. More than 120 workers
have been without a contract since March, 2011.
For further information:
Twila Marston, OPSEU Staff Negotiator, 705-740-5049
Jennifer Smith, President, Local 334, 705-740-7946