OSHAWA, ON, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Fiscal realities have made our
negotiations with CUPE 2963 difficult, but we've dug deep to ensure the
best deal for our valued staff.
On June 14th Participation House Durham Region tabled the details of their final
offer to CUPE Local 2963 bargaining representatives that includes a 5% increase in take home wages over the next four years.
"We are committed to reaching an agreement that recognizes staff
contribution, reflects fiscal constraints, and honors safe and reliable
care as our top priority," said Michelle Marshall, executive director
This effort was made in the face of ongoing budgetary constraints
imposed by the province across the developmental sector. Participation
House believes that staffs play a central role in our ability to
provide stable, secure, and continuous care for our community.
Several steps have been taken by management to ensure PHDR is able to
support the needs of staff and clients. Here are some of the steps
taken so far:
In a response to funding constraints from the Government of Ontario,
management salaries have been frozen for the past two years; and
PHDR used creative solutions to find necessary $30,000 required to
follow through on the government's legislated 1% payroll increase for
staff members - without cutting services to our clients.
"We wouldn't ask our employees to do something we would not do
ourselves. We realize that we are all in this together, that's why we
eliminated two management positions and cut hours of existing positions
to ensure job security for unionized employees", Marshall continued.
The number one priority of staff, families, and supporters at PHDR is
the safety and security of those we support.
The last 16 months have been trying times for both the PHDR community
and for families all across Durham Region. A struggling economy and
limited government support has forced PHDR, like many families in
Durham Region, to pull back on spending, find ways to reduce expenses
and live within our means.
Participation House continues to be dedicated to reaching an agreement
with CUPE 2936 that puts our clients and their families first.
On June 4th PHDR management were advised that CUPE filed for a no board with the
Ministry of Labour. These actions put our employees in a legal strike
position on June 23rd.
"We believe this is a very good offer, that it will enable all of us at
Participation House to put families first. It is particularly generous
in the context of these difficult financial times. Despite the No Board
our focus continues to be reaching an agreeable solution", Marshall
Participation House is confident that employees will recognize the value
in the current offer and will help us get back to serving our
SOURCE The Participation House Project (Durham Region)
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