Kawartha-Haliburton CAS strike continues as employer final offer fails to address key issues: OPSEU

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 issues.

"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 layoff language.

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

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