Simcoe County inside workers give union strike mandate

    MINESING, ON, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 200 Simcoe County social
and children's services, administration, museums and archives workers have
given their union a mandate to call a strike if they do not reach an agreement
with the county by November 12.
    "Our members voted 79% in favour of strike action last night," said Bev
Patchell, president of CUPE 5820. "We have a clear message to take back to
Simcoe County's negotiators: don't try to take money out of our pockets to fix
the problems created by your restructuring."
    County restructuring that began in 2002 has skewed established wage
grids, Patchell said, noting that the union wants to ensure that the process
for evaluating jobs remains intact.
    "It's a question of fairness. We can't have people doing essentially the
same work being paid significantly different amounts. At the same time, our
members need a general wage increase that will help them and their families
keep pace with rising costs."
    The union is currently working with the provincially-appointed mediator
to establish new dates to return to the bargaining table with Simcoe County.

For further information:

For further information: Bev Patchell, President, CUPE 5820, (705)
627-5168; John Cromwell, CUPE National Representative, (705) 722-7387; Pat
Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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