Agreement ends 34 day strike at Toronto Central Neighborhood House – General

Agreement ends 34 day strike at Toronto Central Neighborhood House – General – Brief Article

TORONTO — A new collective agreement ended the 34 day strike of 150 Community workers at Central Neighborhood House. Services affected during the strike included home care support, shelter and youth services and child care. Key issues in the labour dispute were wages and benefits.

The new collective agreement between the agency and Local 4308 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees includes the following:

* workers will receive a 2 per cent wage increase, in each year of the three-year deal;

* for the first time the majority of home support workers will receive benefits of medical and dental coverage;

* any staff transfers at the child care centre are made only after management consults with parents and workers and considers the impact on the children.

Throughout the labour dispute, CUPE highlighted the low-wages paid to community-based social service agency staff and the damage to the social safety net due to unstable and inadequate provincial funding to the sector.

CUPE local president Kelly O’Sullivan called on the Central Neighbourhood House management and board to join community workers and other local social service agencies to develop a community-based coalition focused on pushing the provincial government to increase funding for the sector.

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