Workers’ solidarity delivers an end to four-month lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – Strong solidarity and enormous political pressure caused the Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid society (CAS) to make an eleventh-hour decision to end the labour dispute it began four months ago. This afternoon the society’s executive director signed the return-to-work protocol provided by the Canadian Union of Public…

Continuing job action is ‘only possible move’ in face of disarray and dishonesty at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS: CUPE

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – After the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound broke its word about agreeing to resolve the current labour dispute through binding arbitration, workers locked out of their jobs since December have no option but to hold their own job action against the…

What is Minister Coteau waiting for? – Latest move by Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS means Ministry must take charge of agency immediately, says CUPE

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON –  Negotiators for the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound have reneged on their pledge to the government and to the union to take outstanding contract issues in the current labour dispute to binding arbitration, leaving northern communities without the child protection services…

CUPE responds to Ministry of Labour proposal regarding lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – The following statement was issued by Local 2049 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) about recent developments in the ongoing lockout at the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound: On Wednesday, April 5, the president of CUPE 2049 was contacted by…

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…

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…

March and rally on Friday at noon in support of locked-out children’s aid workers

NORTH BAY, ON – A show of solidarity and encouragement is planned for Friday in North Bay in support of children’s aid workers, who are now in the fourth month of their lockout at Nipissing and Parry Sound children’s aid society (CAS).   Locked-out CAS workers, supporters from the community, labour allies and senior union…

CUPE responds to Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS comments regarding picketing protocols

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – The following statement was issued by Bev Patchell, social services coordinator with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), to correct earlier claims made to media by the executive director of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound. The executive director’s claims…

After three months locked out by Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS, children’s aid workers ask: where is the board of directors?

NORTH BAY and PARRY SOUND, ON – Workers marking three months of lockout by Nipissing and Parry Sound Children’s Aid Society (CAS) are holding the society’s board of directors to account over its failure to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a deal that ends the labour dispute.   At the same time, locked-out…