NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE FOR SUMMER STREET EMPLOYEES
Thursday 8th September 2011
Vocational Workers employed at Summer Street Industries in Parkdale were back at the bargaining table Thursday in an effort to avoid a possible strike. CUPE Local 2330 President Nan McFadgen says the employees have given the union a strong strike mandate after trying to reach a first contract for eighteen months. MacFadgen says the last thing the workers want is a service disruption, but the employer has to understand the employees want fair working conditions at the workshop for adults with intellectual disabilities. She says instead of reaching a fair and reasonable negotiation on a contract, Summer Street Industries appears to be punishing the employees for joining a union. The Department of Labour has appointed a veteran Conciliation Officer to mediate the impasse.