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Media Release: Nipissing Parry Sound CAS Disappointed in CUPE’s Response to New Offer

Feb 12, 2017

The CAS also expressed disappointment that CUPE 2049 rejected a new CAS offer on workload management that matched a recent settlement between Peel CAS and its employees.

NORTH BAY, ON – The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound (NPSCAS) expressed disappointment in the end of a new round of negotiations extending over the past two days.

The CAS also expressed disappointment that CUPE 2049 rejected a new CAS offer on workload management that matched a recent settlement between Peel CAS and its employees. In a January 30, 2017 news release, CUPE 2049 praised the provincial arbitrator’s decision on workload issues at the Peel CAS, calling the decision “good news for workers at the Nipissing and Parry Sound Children’s Aid Society.”

Gisèle Hébert, Executive Director, Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS, remarked, “Friday we presented a new offer that met with CUPE 2049’s stated wishes on their key issue of workload management and layoff language. In addition our offer provided significant enhancements on our sick leave proposal, health spending accounts and signing bonuses for all employees. We were disappointed to be met with not only no concessions on our critical issue of the Sick Leave Benefit but a request for enhancements. Based on CUPE 2049’s view of the Peel decision as ‘good news,’ we are confident that our offer merits further consideration. “No concessions” stance however is not bargaining. We have brought forth three offers to date, each with significant enhancements.”

Upon presentation of the latest offer, CAS requested that the CUPE 2049 negotiating team bring the offer to the membership for a vote. That request was refused.

Hébert added, “We should be welcoming our staff back to work on Monday, not shutting down the street for a rally.”

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