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Frequently Asked Questions: February 10 Bargaining

Feb 16, 2017

  • Did the CAS specify a deadline in its Feb. 10, 2017 offer to CUPE, and why was that done?
  • Is the CAS demanding concessions that would give employees less than they had in the last collective agreement?
  • Is the CAS willing to make a deal to end the lockout?
  • Why did the latest round of talks end at 5pm on Friday, February 10?
  • Is CAS willing to go back to the table?

Did the CAS specify a deadline in its Feb. 10, 2017 offer to CUPE, and why was that done?

A deadline of Sunday February 12, 2017 at midnight was specified in the CAS’s latest offer to CUPE with the goal of accelerating the negotiating process. An extension would have been granted had there been progress in negotiating all outstanding issues. With a new offer that met CUPE’s stated goal of workload provisions matching the recent Peel CAS settlement, we had hoped we could welcome our employees back to work as soon as Monday, February 13.

 

Is the CAS demanding concessions that would give employees less than they had in the last collective agreement?

Overall, employees would make gains accepting any one of the CAS’s offers. Among the enhancements proposed by the CAS in the latest offer are workload provisions that meet CUPE’s stated goal of matching the recent Peel CAS settlement, pay increases over the life of the contract, and a signing bonus.

CAS has already responded to union concerns about Sick Leave Benefit changes by proposing measures that will ensure the minority of workers potentially affected will experience little, if any impact. In fact, the proposed changes would have zero impact on 76% of employees.

Under the latest proposal, employees would continue to receive sick leave benefit coverage for 85 days. Compensation would allow 10 days of sick leave at 100% of wages followed by 75% compensation up to 75 days. A number of options have been advanced to offset any financial impact on employees.

  

Is the CAS willing to make a deal to end the lockout?

Yes. Any suggestions otherwise are not supported by the facts. We value our employees and want them back at work. The CAS has demonstrated this by inviting CUPE back to the table on two occasions and by presenting two successive new offers, each with significant enhancements, with the goal of resolving the dispute.

 

Why did the latest round of talks end at 5pm on Friday, February 10?

The latest round of negotiations began at 10am on February 10, at the CAS’s request. At which time CAS tabled its new proposal with provisions addressing the workload concerns and lay off issue voiced by CUPE. After nearly 6 hours of waiting without a response, management decided it would be best to allow CUPE the time it required to prepare a counter offer. The CAS negotiating team was prepared to resume discussion of a reasonable counter-offer at any time before the CAS offer expired.

CUPE responded to the tabled offer mid-afternoon Saturday February 9th outlining its positions of no concessions on CAS’s critical issues.

 

Is CAS willing to go back to the table?

Yes. To date, the CAS has significantly enhanced its original offer two times in successive proposals. Each of these enhanced offers has been met with unwillingness by CUPE to compromise. Once CUPE confirms that it is willing to negotiate the CAS’s critical issue of the Sick Leave Benefit, the CAS will not hesitate to return to the table.