Media Advisory - CAS workers to seek help from foster parents at information picket Wednesday

    STRATFORD, ON, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society
workers will hold an information picket at 5:30 pm, on Wednesday, October 17,
at Army Navy and Air Force Hall, 151 Lorne Avenue East, Stratford, to raise
awareness of a pending strike over deteriorating working conditions and
management's concession demands in contract talks, including the refusal to
pay vacation leave for workers returning from maternity leave.
    "We are here to let the foster parents know the struggles we are facing,
not just at the bargaining table but on a daily basis," said Laurel LeBeau,
president of CUPE 1427. "We are seeking their help to stop a strike that will
hurt the children and families that we serve in our communities.
CAS management is not listening to our concerns and we are hoping they will
listen to the foster parents." The agency is hosting a 'Resource Banquet
Appreciation Dinner' for foster parents from the community who provide shelter
and assistance to children in need.

           Who?     Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society workers
                    and their supporters.

           What?    Information picket by CUPE 1427 members
                    at the 'Resource Banquet Appreciation Dinner'
                    for foster parents from the agency.

           When?    Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 pm.

           Where?   Army Navy and Air Force Hall
                    151 Lorne Avenue East
                    Stratford, Ontario.

    The 90 workers face a potential strike or lockout at the end of this
month. Mediation talks are scheduled for October 22 and 23. "We want
management to come back to mediation and do what it takes to resolve all the
issues," said LeBeau. Outstanding issues include heavy workloads, low wages
and management's concession demands.

For further information:

For further information: Laurel LeBeau, President CUPE 1427, (519)
891-0057; Jennifer Kaufmann, CUPE National Representative, (519) 433-1753;
James Chai, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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