"When the employer saw that workers were determined to get a deal that respected their professionalism and commitment, they came back to the table at the 11th hour." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (19 July 2017) — Negotiators for the therapists, counsellors, and child and youth workers at New Path Youth and Family Services reached a tentative settlement with the employer on July 14. The 86 staff members at the child and youth mental health agency belong to Local 332 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE). They would have been in a legal strike or lockout position as of July 13 at 12:01 a.m.
Talks had stalled with the employer, who was offering $700 gift cards in lieu of the modest wage hike workers had sought.
OPSEU/NUPGE members held strong in the face of employer's hardball tactics
“We were asking for a small cost-of-living increase,” said Scott Stratton, bargaining team chair. “I’m glad we were finally able to convince the employer that $700 was not the right way to compensate staff for their long hours and dedication to their work.”
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said he was very proud of the Local 332 members.
“This employer tried to play hardball, but workers refused to cave in to stonewalling and intimidation tactics. When the employer saw that workers were determined to get a deal that respected their professionalism and commitment, they came back to the table at the 11th hour. I applaud the resolve and courage shown by these members," said Thomas.
The tentative deal will now go to the workers for a ratification vote.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 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