Women's Shelter Workers Ratify New Agreement, Ending Lock-out

    KITCHENER, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - The 49 locked-out workers at Women's
Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (formerly Anselma House in Kitchener and
Haven House in Cambridge) have voted unanimously in favour of a new three-year
collective agreement.
    The women, represented by CAW Local 302, work as volunteer/education
coordinators, maintenance, nutrition, residential, outreach and youth and
child, clinical support workers for the women and children who come to the two
centres and had been locked out of their workplaces since May 23.
    The women return to work today.
    "I'm delighted that we were able to get an agreement for these workers,
but this wouldn't have been possible without the support of other CAW members
in the region and right across the country," said CAW Local 302 President
Nancy McMurphy. "It's so important that these workers are now back on the job
providing the crucial services required by the women and children who have
been subjected to violence and abuse."
    The agreement includes wage improvements in each year, an increase in the
employer contribution to the RRSP plan, protection for full time positions and
improvements to scheduling practices according to client need.
    "The challenge now is to repair the relationship between the workers and
their employer in what has been a needlessly difficult situation for our
members, their families and the clients of the centre," said Kim Power, CAW
national representative.

For further information:

For further information: CAW National Representative, Kim Power, (cell)
(519) 636-6546; or CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell) (4160 302-1699

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