Striking Cornwall workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are to vote tonight (June 4) on the latest offer from the city.
“Given that the City has refused to return to the table to bargain until a vote happens, we can’t in good conscience allow members to wait for more than two weeks to vote on the employer’s last offer,” said Alison Denis, CUPE National Representative. “Nor do we want Cornwall residents to be deprived of vital services for longer than is necessary. We think it’s responsible to accelerate this timeline, and so we will hold the vote ourselves.”
The work stoppage is affecting ambulance service in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry.
Striking paramedics, shown here speaking with North Glengarry Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, are staging a protest at the township hall in Alexandria to draw attention to stalled contract talks.
A "Support Our Paramedics" petition has been launched in support of the unionized workers who serve Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Cornwall.
Striking unionized workers and the City of Cornwall are set to resume contract talks tomorrow at 9 a.m.
The labour dispute has curtailed ambulance service in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry
The city has accepted a formal written request from the Canadian Union of Public Employees to return to the bargaining table.
The Paramedics serving Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have begun legal strike action as of 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 17.
As a result, fewer ambulances and paramedics will be maintaining emergency service coverage.
Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services asks that only those patients with urgent and emergent health issues call for an ambulance.
During the day, three ambulances staffed by union employees will respond to urgent and emergent calls. Overnight, two union-staffed ambulances will be available. This is a reduction from the normal compliment of nine ambulances during the day and six at night. This arrangement is consistent with the Essential Services Agreement.
Please call 911 for ambulance assistance if it is needed for severe emergencies such as shortness of breath, chest pain, major traumatic injury or unconsciousness.
Alternatives to calling 911 include taking a personal vehicle or taxi to the hospital, calling Telehealth Ontario toll-free at 1-866-797-0000, visiting a pharmacy, clinic, or doctor.
“We have reached out to our partners, including area hospitals, fire services, police and taxi companies to ask for their assistance in responding to non-emergency calls during the strike,” said Bill Lister, Chief of Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services. “We hope this will allow us to focus on emergency calls only.”
During strike action, no routine transfers will take place. In the event of a major emergency, striking paramedics will be called onto the job.
Services throughout Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry could be affected by a strike by Cornwall employees as early as May 17.
SDG shares ambulance, social and housing services, and child care services with Cornwall.
These services are provided under contract and delivered to County residents by unionized employees of the City.
While negotiations between the City and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) continue, a strike could occur May 17.
Provisions are being made to continue operations during any work stoppage. However, in the event of a strike, there will be impacts to a variety of municipal services. SDG residents are asked to take note of the changes to the following services in the event of a strike:
Paramedics – Land Ambulance
A reduced complement of resources will be available to maintain emergency service coverage. In the event of a major emergency, additional Paramedics can be called in to assist. For the duration of any labour disruption, the assistance of the public is needed to ensure those that truly require emergency services have them available. Please call 911 for ambulance assistance if it is needed for severe emergencies such as shortness of breath, chest pain, major traumatic injury or having suffered a period of unconsciousness. If possible, please have someone drive you to your clinic, doctor's office or emergency department for all other medical issues.
Social & Housing Services
The main Social & Housing Services office, located in Cornwall at the Justice Building (340 Pitt Street, third-floor reception only), will remain open. The Winchester Satellite office will be closed.
If you are applying for Home Child Care or the Child Care Fee Subsidy, you will be required to come to the Cornwall office to complete an application and provide the supporting documentation regarding that request.
Ontario Works applications will continue to be processed. Applicants can apply online at https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/apply_online.aspx or by calling the number below. Ontario Works cheques will continue to be processed and mailed out. Some necessary benefits may be processed. For further information, please call 613-933-6282 ext. 3205.
For Ontario Renovates, Social Housing (Registry) & Rent Supplement Program Applications, please call 613-933-6282 ext. 3315, and your name will be placed on a call list. If you are applying for the Homelessness Prevention Program, you will be required to come to the Cornwall office to complete an application and provide the supporting documentation required.
For questions or information about any of the services listed, please contact the City of Cornwall directly at (613) 930-2787.
A tentative agreement has been reached between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4155, representing 250 education workers, and their employer, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO).The workers have been on strike since February 7.
The workers have been on strike since February 7.
No details of the agreement will be released until the members have had an opportunity to review and ratify the tentative deal. Ratification meetings will be scheduled Monday, February 13.
As employees picketed its head office in L’Orignal Tuesday morning, Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien said that its schools remain open and buses would continue to roll.
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4155 members began demonstrating after contract talks broke down last week.
Each side was blaming the other for the impasse at the French-language Catholic board which administers 25 elementary and eight secondary schools, with a total enrolment of over 10,000, in Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Prescott-Russell.
CUPE 4155 represents supervisors, school administrators, clerks, maintenance workers, library technicians and IT technicians at the CSDCEO.
The CSDCEO is still the only school board in Ontario without a local collective agreement with its education workers. “But now its refusal to reach a deal at the bargaining table has taken its employees – members of CUPE 4155 – to the brink of a strike,” the union stated.
But the board replies that union negotiators chose to leave the bargaining table.
At a session February 1, conciliators proposed new dates for negotiations. These dates were accepted by the CSDCEO, but were rejected by the union, the board says. CUPE subsequently issued a notice of intention to strike.
“During the many negotiating meetings, CSDCEO has always negotiated in good faith and proposed different solutions. We believe it is possible to avoid a labor dispute, since all monetary issues have already been determined by central agreements. The CSDCEO remains willing to negotiate with CUPE and does not want a labor dispute,” insisted board director of education François Turpin.
If the labour dispute continues, all necessary steps will be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of students and staff, the board said.
“We have been extremely patient with our employer, so that we could avoid just such a labour dispute,” said Raymond Giroux, president of CUPE 4155.
“But after 12 bargaining dates and the impasse we reached in negotiations – even working with conciliators – we realized that, unfortunately, the time had come to take job action, up to and including a full strike.”
The Canadian Union of Public Employees could take job action today (February 7) at schools operated by Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO). The French-language Catholic system, which includes École Elda Rouleau in Alexandria, is still the only school board in Ontario without a local collective agreement with its education workers. After two years in negotiations with the board, CUPE 4155 has given the required five days’ notice of a strike, which is scheduled to take place beginning Tuesday, February 7. More details as they become available.
Here's the latest labour update from the UCDSB regarding elementary teachers' announcement of action next Monday.
Message from Director Patterson and Chair McMillan
May 5, 2015 – Update #2
Last night, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) provided notice to the Upper Canada District School Board - and, in fact, all English public boards across the province - that they intend to begin strike action on Monday May 11.
We know this action will affect students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, but at this moment we do not know exactly what this strike action will entail. The planned job action could range from a partial withdrawal of services, such as coaching, to a full walkout. We expect to hear more information from ETFO shortly on their plans for next week and we will share that information with you as soon as we have it.
The staff and trustees at the Upper Canada District School Board understand that this uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety for students and parents. While we can't promise to avoid every negative effect of a potential job action, we are committed to keeping you informed and supporting you through the process.
Our first priority remains our students’ education and we will continue to work toward achieving their success.
There are a number of ways you can stay informed:
1. UCDSB Website: Labour Updates
2. Your local school website
3. Register for a myfamilyroom.ca account by calling or visiting your school office. Urgent messages regarding labour action will be provided through text message, voicemail or email.
4. Social Media—follow @UCDSB on Twitter; and/or Like our page on Facebook at facebook.com/ucdsb.
Thank you for your patience in this challenging time.
Jeff McMillan, Chair
Charlotte Patterson, Director of Education