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Children's Aid Society / La Société d'aide à l'enfance Nipissing Parry Sound

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Frequently Asked Questions - January 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

  • How are the families and children in care affected by the labour disruption?
  • How do I report a concern during the labour disruption?
  • How is employee workload measured or reviewed?
  • Have any positive steps been taken towards an agreement?
  • What is the critical issue for the CAS?

 

 

How are the families and children in care affected by the labour disruption?
In addition to our own management staff, qualified workers with years of front-line experience and from management teams around the province are helping us maintain our service levels. They are working with us to ensure we fulfill our mandate in the community and continuing to provide a high level of service without disruption.

 

How do I report a concern during the labour disruption?
We continue to receive and respond to reports of any on-going protection concerns 24-7. To report concerns please call 705-472-0910.

 

How is employee workload measured or reviewed?
Any employee concerned with their workload identifies such directly to their supervisor. We have seen that in most cases this is successful. As an additional resource to our employees, in 2012, employees and management jointly created a Workload Review Process that allows employees to identify any concerns with the volume of their workload. In the past four years, this process has seen 3 cases, all of which were successfully resolved at step 1. We have proposed that this process be attached to the Collective Agreement as a Letter of Understanding. Additionally, we have committed in writing to joint monthly meetings to review service volumes and trends with the view of proactively resolving any potential workload concerns. Please see our Service Trends Data Sheet that outlines volumes within a number of our service offerings. [ See Service Trends Data ]

 

Have any positive steps been taken towards an agreement?
As confirmed by the Conciliator during discussion on January 3, 2017, we have always been and continue to be ready for negotiations. To date, our negotiations have resulted in agreed upon language in several areas. We have been consistently willing to resume negotiations with the union to resolve all outstanding issues, including our critical issue surrounding the Sick Leave Benefit. We value our staff and are committed to reaching a negotiated agreement that is fair to them and recognizes the reality of limited funding.

 

What is the critical issue for the CAS?
In the past fiscal year, the Children’s Aid Society has incurred a cost of $389,423 as a direct result of the Sick Leave Benefit. Without changes the organization can expect to incur similar costs every year. This is financially unsustainable. Our proposed Sick Leave Benefit would lower the coverage after 10 days from 100% to 75% of wage coverage.