Strike at the Canadian Hearing Society is about culture, not costs

Unionized workers at the Canadian Hearing Society have been out on the picket line now for just over a month. It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: The 227 workers – interpreters, speech-language pathologists, counsellors, literacy instructors and audiologists who provide services to clients who are deaf or hard-of-hearing – have been without a contract for four years,…

Rally in Belleville on Monday to mark four weeks of strike by Canadian Hearing Society workers

BELLEVILLE, ON – Belleville workers on strike for a deal that allows them to provide high-quality, reliable and accessible services for clients of the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) will be joined on the picket line Monday, April 3, at 12 noon by community supporters, labour allies and striking colleagues from CHS Kingston.  Members of the…

President of striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society will visit the picket line on Monday

TORONTO, ON – On the day marking exactly four weeks on strike, the president of CUPE Local 2073, Stacey Connor, will visit the picket line outside the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) Headquarters.   The workers have been on strike since March 6th.  Talks broke off on Saturday night after four days of bargaining.   “Despite…

York Region labour and community allies to hold rally and food drive tomorrow for striking CUPE 2073 members

NEWMARKET, ON – Public and private sector unions in York Region will tomorrow join with community allies for a solidarity rally and food drive in support of striking members of Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 2073).   The rally will take place at 12:00 p.m. outside the Newmarket offices of…

Talks break off in CUPE-Canadian Hearing Society negotiations Union: “We still need a willing partner to resolve this”

TORONTO, ON – After four days of bargaining, talks have broken off between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073 and the Canadian Hearing Society(CHS).  Talks were aimed at ending a province-wide strike that started March 6th.   “We tried in good faith to reach an agreement with the CHS,” said Barbara Wilker-Frey,…

Mounting fears about the state of child protection services prompts union’s call for ministry takeover of Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – A growing concern that the lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid – now at 100 days and counting – is jeopardizing the safety and well-being of the region’s vulnerable children and youth has triggered a demand from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for a…

Just-released Sunshine List reveals more than just executive salaries at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – Workers locked out of their jobs by Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid society are appalled – but not shocked – to learn that last year CAS Executive Director Gisele Hebert was given close to $10,000 as a salary increase. The raise brought Hebert’s total compensation package up…

Talks to continue tomorrow in CUPE-Canadian Hearing Society labour dispute

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073, representing 227 striking workers at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), will continue to meet with its employer Friday in ongoing talks aimed at ending the strike that began March 6th. The parties have agreed to suspend public communications regarding…

As contract talks with CAS break down again, CUPE to hold news conference tomorrow at 11.30 a.m.

Workers’ fears for vulnerable children and families prompt call for action by provincial government NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – Following the breakdown of bargaining talks this afternoon, representatives of children’s aid workers are saying “enough is enough” and calling on the provincial government to take action to end the lockout at Nipissing and…