Queen's daycare workers reach settlement

    KINGSTON, ON, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Wednesday could have been the first
day of a strike at the Queen's University Daycare Centres in Kingston. But
following a mediation session last Friday, a tentative agreement was reached
between the union representing the 26 workers (CUPE Local 2665) and the
management of the Daycare. Both the union membership and the Board of the
Queen's Daycare have ratified the results.
    The agreement includes wage increases totalling 6 per cent over the three
years of the contract that will expire on March 31st, 2010, as well as a
$275.00 signing bonus. This is in addition to the pay equity adjustments
granted by the province. Improvements to the pension contributions are also
included in the last minute deal.
    This is a relief for the workers who were ready for a strike but still
hoping to avoid one. The settlement represents at least the kind of revenue
stabilization they were looking for - no longer being asked to accept only the
annual pay equity increases. Over the course of several years this has started
to show a decline in their real wages.
    But the issue of adequate funding for accessible high quality daycare for
all parents in Ontario is far from being settled, and CUPE 2665 members will
certainly be part of that ongoing struggle.

For further information:

For further information: Barb Williams, CUPE national representative,
(613) 542-2069; Benoit Renaud, CUPE communications representative, (613)
818-0077; Linda Norris, CUPE 2665 president, hideaway@kingston.net

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