'The employer wants to weaken layoff language in our collective agreement and we’re not prepared to accept any take aways.'
Brockville (16 April 2009) - Members of Local 441 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) in Brockville have voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining team the authority to take job action, including a walkout, in their contract negotiations with the Child and Youth Wellness Centre.
Talks broke down when the employer walked away from the bargaining table on March 31. The employer indicated it would file for conciliation assistance but so far the union has not received notification that a conciliator would join the talks.
“The employer wants to weaken layoff language in our collective agreement and we’re not prepared to accept any take aways,” says Mike Quinn, chair of the bargaining team. “Our members have told us their priority is improvements to the collective agreement and that their attacks on our layoff language must stop.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE