Toronto, ON — Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2998 members at ten community centres have voted 94% in favor of ratifying a five-year agreement, effective January 1, 2020, with the City of Toronto.
“Our members and their bargaining committee were determined to improve paid sick time, ensure paid sick leave remained accessible, shorten probationary periods, enhance maternity benefits, and improve layoff terms. The new agreement proves that perseverance pays off in better working conditions, inclusiveness and representation,” says Lainey Little, President of CUPE Local 2998. “I’m incredibly proud of CUPE Local 2998 members who took action to defend and improve the important services we provide.”
The new agreement awaits ratification by the City of Toronto.
“Our new contract includes two paid sick days for part-time workers who previously had none. Workers should never have to choose between working sick or putting food on the table. Every single worker in our province deserves access to paid sick days now,” Little added.
About CUPE Local 2998
CUPE local 2998 centres specialize in supporting populations most often marginalized, including: LGBTQ2S+ communities, new Canadians, the elderly, low-income parents, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, black, indigenous, people of color, and more. The 519 on Church Street, for instance, provides targeted, inclusive services for LGBTQ2S+ communities who are more likely to experience social isolation and exclusion.
CUPE Local 2998 represents more than 250 workers at the Association of Community Centers (AOCC’s) scattered throughout the City of Toronto, including: the 519, Scadding Court Community Centre, Applegrove Community Complex, Cecil Community Centre, Central Eglinton Community Centre, Community Centre 55, Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, Waterfront Community Centre, Ralph Thornton Centre, and Swansea Town Hall
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