May 2014 bargaining update

Dear CUPE 4392 Members,

On May 8 and 10th the union will be holding a strike vote.

The union negotiating committee is asking you to vote yes in the strike vote.

We do not want to go out on strike. We want to negotiate a fair contract. But unfortunately the provincial government and employers across the province including ours are not taking us seriously. They believe that workers and the people we support will continue to absorb the human costs of underfunding through:

Cuts to services including fewer opportunities for community outings

Low or frozen wages and few full-time job opportunities

Increased workload as a result of cuts to staff and increased demands

Few or no full-time job opportunities and increased reliance on part-time and casual staff with few benefits

Support for Real Bargaining – What a YES Strike Vote Means For You

A successful strike vote does not automatically mean we go out on strike. If anything, a strike mandate should deepen, not derail negotiations.

It is important that all members speak with one voice in sending a strong message to our employer and the provincial government. Like the people we support, CUPE 4392 members deserve respect and dignity. To deliver quality services, we need fair compensation, sufficient staffing levels and full-time opportunities to ensure continuity of care.

Quality Services Depend on Having the Necessary Supports

CUPE locals across Ontario are calling on employers and the provincial government to negotiate fair contracts that provide workers to ensure the necessary supports to deliver quality services. We need:

Fair wages that keep pace with increased cost of living

Fairness for part-time workers including full-time job opportunities with benefits in lieu

No more cuts to staffing and services

Job Security with no layoffs

Clear process to deal with workload concerns as a result of insufficient staffing and increased demands

Local Specificity: we believe the employer has been stalling. The committee is not satisfied with his position and attitude around your pay equity. We believe the sick leave proposal adds more costs to employees and does not meet plans seen in other CUPE locals through out the province.


What You Can Do To Show Your Solidarity

Vote YES in the strike vote – Send a strong message that we deserve a fair contract!

Wear your “CUPE DS – We Make It Possible” bracelets which the local will supply in May to show your solidarity

Pay Equity Update

As you know CLGW was served with an order on March 6th stating they must make Pay Equity adjustments and payments for the years 2010-2013. The employer now also owes us for the 2014 year as of April 1st. This is a significant judgment in our favour and money that is owed to you. The employer says he can’t pay it and the government has said it’s not their problem and that they have no money. The union is firm in its position that this is money owed to the employees and we will fight for it.  If the government does not give CLGW the funds all indications are the employer plans to fight the law in court. This would be a very lengthy and expensive fight with the employees as the losers. This is not acceptable to the union.  We will keep you updated as events unfold.

 Strike Vote Locations

May 8 – 930 am


Red Chevron

34 Elizabeth St


May 8 – 130 pm

Mount Forest

Fire Hall

381 Main St N


May 8 – 730 pm


Sportsplex (arena)

550 Belsyde Ave. E


May 10 – 930 am


Local 4392 Union office

135 St David St S (in back)

There is limited parking and space for this vote; more parking is across the river.


In solidarity,

The Local 4392 Negotiating Committee

Joanne Smithers, Barb Alexander, Tammy Stewart, Sue Harbin and Christa Pecore