Job equity is key issue in bargaining with Durham Region, CUPE says

    OSHAWA, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - If more than 400 'outside' workers in
Durham Region get to a legal strike or lockout position on October 13, it will
be about job equity, not wages, says Dan McGregor, president of CUPE 1785.
    "We are seeking a process to review our jobs in order to determine if
people are being paid equitably, something that Durham Region has done for
other staff including management," McGregor said. "Fairness is the main issue,
not wages."
    The union is also concerned about major scheduling changes proposed by
the Region.
    "The best way for the Region to make sure services to residents are not
disrupted is to sit down at the negotiating table and treat our issues
seriously," said McGregor, whose members have been without a collective
agreement for six months.
    "We are scheduled to meet together with the mediator again on Friday,
October 10. Let's make some real progress on job equity and scheduling so that
we can reach a fair collective agreement and continue the important work that
we do for the residents of Durham."

For further information:

For further information: Dan McGregor, President, CUPE 1785, (905)
261-8354; Joe Matasic, CUPE National Representative, (905) 439-1270; Pat
Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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