Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas warns against CAS’s use of replacement workers as she visits locked-out children’s aid workers on the picket line in North Bay

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND – Workers locked out of their jobs by the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound will be joined on the picket line on Wednesday by France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt, who is speaking out against the society’s use of replacement workers. The MPP…

Locked-out workers of Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS hold a Friday “Rally with Allies” in North Bay in defence of child protection services

NORTH BAY, ON – Frontline child protection worker and administrative and support staff, locked out of their jobs by Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid society, will begin the first day of their lockout with a strong show of solidarity by the workers themselves and support from their allies from communities in the districts of…

As lockout looms, child protection workers call on Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS to join forces with them to defend services for vulnerable children and families

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – Representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) expressed concern and disappointment that the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound had allowed yesterday’s mediation talks to break off without progress towards a deal that protects the region’s child welfare services. “The…

Cuts, not sick leave, are the real concerns around services for vulnerable children and families at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – A spokesperson for child protection workers at the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound is calling on the society to address the obstacles to providing high-quality child protection services in the north and to stop focusing on “non-issues” that prevent both sides…

Peel CAS strike ends after 13 weeks

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO (Dec. 15, 2016) – 435 frontline, administrative and support workers from the Children’s Aid Society of the Region of Peel (Peel CAS) will return to the job on Monday, December 19, ending a 13-week strike. “Our members could not be happier to go back to work,” said Sonia Yung, President of Local 4914…

Vote by child protection workers delivers unmistakeable message to Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS: “Vulnerable children and families are our priority”

NORTH BAY, ON – A contract offer that fails to address the persistent issues that hinder the delivery of high-quality child welfare services in the north has been decisively turned down by employees of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound. A vote supervised by the Ministry of Labour…

New legislation misses key commitments critical to fixing Child Protection Services and settling labour unrest

NORTH BAY – On the brink of yet another potential strike or lockout in Children’s Aid over workload issues, the Wynne government has introduced legislative changes to child protection services that ignore key commitments critical to addressing the problems that put kids at risk of falling through the cracks, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE…

CUPE to Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS: “Divide and conquer won’t work; deal instead with issues that put children and families at risk”

NIPISSING-PARRY SOUND, ON – The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound is playing a dangerous game of divide and conquer with the people who carry out and support child protection services in the north, while doing nothing to address the issues that are harming services, say representatives of the…

Safety and well-being of vulnerable children and families depend on tackling issues that harm child protection services, say frontline CAS workers

Nipissing-Parry Sound, ON – Excessive workloads are threatening the quality and effectiveness of child protection services in northern Ontario and leaving vulnerable children, youth and families at risk, say representatives of workers with the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound. Child welfare workers in the region are burning out under…