We are the members of CUPE Local 3625. We work hard every day to provide quality child care for children and families at Something Special Children’s Centre. It can be difficult work, but we do it because we care about children, and we love to make a difference for them and their families.

Something Special Children’s Centre is attempting to make our jobs even more difficult by taking away vital health benefits that we rely on in the event of serious illness or injury. They have gone so far as to lock us out of the workplace when all we want is to keep our health benefits as they were in previous contracts.

We just want to negotiate a fair contract that respects our work and protects the services we provide. We believe that no worker should see their working conditions reduced.

Help us continue to provide quality child care by telling Something Special to end this lockout and negotiate a fair contract now!

The Message:

I am writing on behalf of the members of CUPE Local 3625 urging you to stop this lockout, end your aggressive bargaining tactics, and negotiate a fair contract that doesn’t eliminate health benefits for hard-working women at Something Special Children’s Centre.

No worker should have to see their working conditions eroded. Child care workers provide an extremely valuable service for our community. Their work is hard and under- valued, but they do it because it is their passion to care for children and provide the best service possible. Taking away vital health benefits that would protect workers in the most extreme situations of injury and illness is unreasonable. It also jeopardizes the care they provide to the families they serve. We don’t want people working with children when they are sick or injured because they can’t afford to take time off.

As someone who supports high-quality services for people who need them, and good jobs for those who deliver them, I am calling on you to do what it takes to end this lockout and negotiate a fair contract that respects the workers at Something Special Children’s Centre and the children they care for.

Sincerely,

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