OPSEU Local 304:
Picket lines up today at York CAS
August 27, 2007
NEWMARKET: All Picket lines went up in about six locations in York Region Aug.
27 after staff of the York Children’s Aid Society rejected a final contract
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, representing 180 unionized staff at
York CAS, was close to an agreement with the employer when talks broke down. The
bargaining team could not accept the employer’s last position on wages, workload
Wages and an unmanageable workload are the issues that so far haven't been
Local 304 President Lisa Maynard says, "Everybody on this line does the job for
the kids, for the families to help people. This is not what they want to do but
under the current conditions, they can't do it successfully."
"We are understaffed. We have lost 50 people in the last two years," says Erin
Kinsley, local vice-president. "They have left to find other child welfare
employment. This creates a huge workload burden for the staff remaining."
OPSEU members are determined to secure a collective agreement that will address
the serious problems with working conditions at the agency.
The most recent contract expired March 31, 2007. No bargaining is scheduled.
Download Local 304’s
picket line flyer:
“The time for fairness is now”
Local 304 members on the line in front of the York Region CAS head offices in
Newmarket Aug. 27.
Photo David Cox
First day of picketing at York
Region CAS: Local 304 is joined on the line in Newmarket by Doris Middleton,
OPSEU Regional Vice President, Region 3, and Nella Cotrupi, NDP candidate,
Photos by David Cox