Region of Waterloo statement on CUPE Local 1883 and CUPE Local 5191 negotiations

Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

All staff at the Region of Waterloo provide critical work to the 630,000 residents of the region on a daily basis. This work is valued and appreciated.

Negotiations with CUPE Local 1883 and CUPE Local 5191 continue this week. 

The Region understands the potential impacts of a labour disruption on staff and their families. Should an agreement not be reached with CUPE Local 1883, the Region of Waterloo will not prohibit staff from crossing the picket line to work.  

For Local 5191 staff, there is an obligation to have an Essential Ambulance Services Agreement (EASA), which is compliant with the Ambulance Services Collective Bargaining Act in place prior to the commencement of a legal strike. The EASA will determine the number of staff required to continue to work during any legal strike action and the services to be maintained, among other details.

We value our relationships with all bargaining units and these relationships are key to ensuring the residents of Waterloo Region receive world class, critical services every day. 

The Region remains committed to reaching an agreement with both unions. 

 

Background: CUPE 1883

  • Represents members who are full-time office, clerical and technical employees throughout the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, except for Sunnyside Home, supervisors and students.
  • Negotiations for a new collective agreement have been occurring over the past nine months.
  • Negotiations were also held on July 13, July 14 and July 19, with an additional date set for July 23.

Background: CUPE 5191

  • Represents members who are full-time and part-time paramedics and logistics staff in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo's paramedic service.
  • Negotiations for a new collective agreement have been occurring over the past nine months.
  • Additional negotiation dates have been set for today July 20 as well as July 22.

 

Maintaining Regional Services

  • The Region has contingency plans in place to ensure essential services continue. All regional services that can safely operate to serve local residents will continue in the event of a labour disruption and regional buildings will remain open to the public.
  • The Region has contingency plans in place to ensure essential services continue. For services performed by Local 1883 staff, all regional services that can safely operate to serve local residents will continue in the event of a labour disruption and regional buildings will remain open to the public. With respect to paramedic services, essential services will be maintained in accordance with the Ambulance Services Collective Bargaining Act through an Essential Ambulance Services Agreement which will dictate the services to be maintained, the resources used to do so and the staff required to continue working in the event of a lawful strike.
  • If a strike does take place, our regionally operated Child Care Centres (Christopher Children's Centre, Kinsmen Children's Centre, Edith MacIntosh Children's Centre, and Elmira Children’s Centre) will have to close as a direct result. We understand how challenging this potential labour disruption could be for families. Centre closures would only occur in the event we are not able to negotiate a new collective agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

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