Vaughan City Workers prepare for strike in fight for fairness and respect

    VAUGHAN, ON, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Full-time workers in the City of
Vaughan could be on strike as of October 29 if they are not able to reach a
fair contract with the City. The members of CUPE 905 have voted 94% in favour
of strike action.
    "We share council's vision for the future, as described in Vaughan Vision
2020," said Heather Vidito, Bargaining Unit Chair. "For us, the workers who
keep Vaughan operating, the principles of accountability, creativity,
fairness, inclusiveness, integrity, leadership, respect, and transparency have
real, concrete meaning".
    "Unfortunately, our employer seems to think they can get there without
fairness and respect for their staff."
    "The decision of the Vaughan Library Board to set the stage for a lockout
of librarians has been deeply disturbing for City workers", Vidito said.
    "We know the City is bargaining with us using the same financial target
as the Library Board had - 10% over three years, which is barely enough to
make improvements in wages and benefits that will allow us to keep pace with
other Ontario municipalities," she said. "But the issues go deeper than that.
We believe the City is trying to create a crisis in service delivery so they
can justify contracting out our work."
    "The mission outlined in Vaughan Vision 2020 - Citizens First Through
Service Excellence - cannot be achieved in an environment where seniority is
overlooked, job security is at risk and the union is hampered in its ability
to tend to members' problems", she said.
    "We hope we can achieve a fair contract without being forced to take job
action," Vidito said. "But our members are telling us, fairness and respect
are overdue in the City of Vaughan."
    CUPE 905 and the City resume talks with the help of a mediator on
October 26.

For further information:

For further information: Heather Vidito, CUPE 905 Vaughan Bargaining
Unit Chair, (416) 891-7884; Michelle Loiselle, CUPE National Representative,
(705) 929-3160; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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