Kids & Company committed to children, clients, workers

    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Kids & Company, one of Canada's leading
childcare providers, is committed to children, clients and its workers, and to
keeping its centres in Toronto, Ajax and Ottawa in operation during talks with
the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
    "We respect the rights of our workers to certify a union and have been
negotiating in good faith with CUPE," said Kids & Company founder and CEO,
Victoria Sopik. "We want to reassure all parents that we will continue to
provide the highest quality childcare and that our facilities continue to stay
in operation."
    Sopik added that, as a progressive employer, Kids & Company has always
believed in providing its workers fair wages and benefits, workplace safety
and health, and job security. The vote by workers does not mean a job action
will occur, but indicates that the union has asked for the right to strike in
the unlikely event that negotiations break down.
    And similar to the union's communiqué, the company looks forward to the
October 29 meeting with CUPE and a conciliator in order to reach a positive
resolution for all parties.
    "Our number one priority is to make sure children in all our facilities
are well cared for," she said.

    Kids & Company is dedicated to providing employees of our corporate
clients with quality, reliable childcare to meet the needs of each child,
parent and employer. Please visit

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For further information: Martin Waxman, Palette Public Relations, (416)

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