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CUPE 966 Solidarity RallyMississauga, Ont. – Four units of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local  966 have voted overwhelmingly to strike.

In votes held last week Public Health nurses voted 100 per cent to strike, Public Works employees voted 93 per cent, Ontario Works voted 89 per cent and Transhelp employees voted 96 per cent to strike

“Our members have spoken loudly and clearly,” said Mary Jo Falle, president of CUPE Local 966. “They have given our bargaining teams a strong mandate to negotiate on their behalf.

“The Region of Peel has a number of concessions on the table that are not acceptable to us

They want major concessions to our benefits.  They refuse to post schedules of work and want to give no notice of shift changes and hours of work. meaning every week and days can be a different schedule start and finish times. They refuse wage increases compared to a possible 9.5 per cent a raise for non union employees.”

Other take aways on the table include employees who have been away from work for two calendar years will automatically be fired, no matter what the reason for the absence, and any letters of discipline would stay in an employee file for 24 months, unless it is for harassment in which case it stays on the employees file forever.

To protest the Region of Peel’s intransigent position there will be a rally during the lunch break in conciliation on Thursday, March 29th at 1 p.m. at the Regional offices.

WHAT: Solidarity Rally

WHEN: Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Region of Peel offices, 10 Peel Centre Dr

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