FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Strike over Principles in Timmins
Timmins Members of OPSEU local 641 have won their
strike at Intergrarin Communtaire Cochrane Community Living. Today the members voted 87%
in favour of a tentative agreement reached late last night.
The 36 members walked off the job on September 27, 1999 over the principles of fairness
concerning scheduling and distribution of shifts. "It took 107 days to get this
employer to recognize that you cant play favourites when it comes to scheduling
weekends off and hours of work," said OPSEU negotiator Gus Collins.
Under the terms of the two-year agreement full time workers will be given every second
weekend off. The employer has also agreed to make best efforts to ensure that part time
workers have two weekends off out of every six. The employer has also guaranteed part time
workers a minimum of 20 hours per week. The workers will receive a 1- percent wage
increase in each year of the contract.
The members who work with people with developmental disabilities at three group homes
in the area will return to work in stages beginning January 27th.
For further information: Gus Collins 705-267-6285
Bill Trbovich 416-561-5613/416-793-0092