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Media Release: CAS Provides Clarification to the Lockout Lift

Apr 20, 2017

The Children's Aid Society for the district of Nipissing and Parry Sound has lifted the lock out of its staff and welcomes their return to work on Monday. Never has the Society doubted their enormous value to the community and endorses a statement from one such employee that those families and children we serve "are our children". 

The lifting of the lock out is not contingent upon consent as variously reported, nor does it list 17 conditions for return to work. The lock out has been lifted. The Board's Chair advises that "there is no consent necessary on the part of staff or the union. I know many of these people; we value their service and hope that they will return to the invaluable work of the Society come Monday."

The main issue between the parties remains the 85 days of "sick leave" entitlement that is administratively and financially unsupportable, says the Chair of the voluntary unpaid Board: "as a responsible institution funded by taxpayer dollars, we have been advised to and are simply attempting to reign this exceptional perquisite back to normalcy". He notes that generous protections are in place for anyone who seeks and requires medically-supported absences.

The Executive Director confirms that the Society has never sought to undermine the union. The union would only authorize a return-to-work protocol that required continuance of 85 days of sick leave available to all returning staff. She notes that the offer of the Employer includes retrospective entitlement of sick leave provisions resulting from an agreement or a ruling. The union categorically refused such offer, leaving the Society with no choice but to lift the lock out.

Meantime, Chair John Stopper endorses the continued dialogue between the parties towards a reasonable resolve of all outstanding issues. 

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