Hamilton Catholic Children's Aid Society workers prepare for strike as conciliation talks stall

    HAMILTON, ON, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Child protection workers, clerical
support, IT and maintenance staff at the Catholic Children's Aid Society of
Hamilton could be on strike this summer due to management's unwillingness to
resolve outstanding issues in negotiations. The 120 workers, represented by
the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have been trying to negotiate a
contract with their employer since early March, and will begin their third day
of conciliation talks on June 12.
    "This has been a long and frustrating bargaining process," said
Karen Cooper, CUPE 1797 spokesperson. "Management's stalling tactics have to
stop or we will be facing a strike that will not benefit anyone." The workers
recently voted 87 per cent to strike if a fair settlement cannot be reached
with their employer.
    Monetary issues and other contract language improvements remain
unresolved. The workers' last contract expired on March 31, 2007.
    "We are hoping that management will take the upcoming conciliation talks
seriously," said Cooper. "Our goal is to reach a fair settlement so we can all
focus on the families and children who are in need of our services."

For further information:

For further information: Karen Cooper, CUPE 1797 Spokesperson, (905)
979-7675; Cheri Dobbs, CUPE National Representative, (905) 575-5411; James
Chai, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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