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Media Release: Nipissing Parry Sound CAS, CUPE Fail to Reach Accord in New Round of Talks

Mar 8, 2017

NORTH BAY, ON – A new round of negotiations between the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound (NPSCAS) and CUPE Local 2049 today ended without an agreement. 

February 12, 2017 negotiations ended by CUPE 2049 maintaining a ‘No Concessions’ stance. When CAS received the call on March 2nd that CUPE 2049 was now ready to negotiate and had prepared a new proposal, CAS was extremely encouraged. 

“Unfortunately, as we entered today’s talks hoping to make progress on the key issues, we were again disappointed that CUPE refused to consider the long term implications of the Sick Leave Benefit,” said Gisèle Hébert, Executive Director, Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS. “We have made every effort to come to an agreement to get our employees back to work.” 

It is important to note, a 2015 financial review of the Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS conducted by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services – North Region highlighted the need to review the CAS’s rising costs. According to the report, “A key area of concern is the cost for all the benefits including sick leave.” 

The report also noted that “Although caseloads have reduced since 2012/13, there has been no reduction to the number of frontline workers.” (However, 5 management positions have been eliminated since 2015.) The report also recommended the CAS “Examine appropriate staffing levels required to support the current caseloads with consideration of the sector averages.” 

Board President John Stopper, who was present for today’s negotiations, remarked “Since the financial review, we have advocated for everyone of our frontline staff and to date there has not been a single layoff. We call on CUPE to show flexibility in light of our need for modest steps to contain costs. We want to keep our valued employees and get them back to work without further delay. We remain committed to reaching a fair, negotiated agreement.” 

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