The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

CUPE 1764 members ratify Region's revised final offer; if council approves, employees could return to work on Friday

WHITBY, ON July 09, 2014

The Regional Municipality of Durham would like to advise residents that CUPE Local 1764 members have voted in favour of the tentative agreement that was reached on July 8. Now, this deal must be reviewed by Durham Regional Council, which will take place during a special meeting that is anticipated on July 10.

If approved by council, these employees will return to work on July 11. Regional programs and services will then return to normal operations.

“We are pleased that our members could be back to work soon. These employees deliver a variety of programs and services, some of which impact the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Matthew Gaskell, Commissioner of Corporate Services. “A special thanks to our residents and community partners, for their co-operation and understanding during this time.”

As programs and services could return to normal operations on Friday, parents are asked to take note that the Region’s six directly operated child-care centres would open on Monday, July 14. The Sunderland Early Learning and Child Care Centre will resume services in the fall, as previously scheduled.

The Region understands that some families had made temporary/alternate arrangements for the care of their children. For parents who transferred their children into other licensed child-care centres, please note that these operators do have a required notice period before transferring them to another location. Therefore, please contact the Regional centre directly to advise of the anticipated return date.

Families that are receiving subsidized care, and were transferred to another child-care centre, should contact their caseworker if they would like to return to one of the Region’s seven centres. If the child/children are in another licensed child-care centre, the appropriate notice period must be provided to the current operator.

For any further assistance, please contact the Social Services Department, Children’s Services Division at childrensservices@durham.ca or 905-666-6238.

The Region would also like to note its appreciation to the local child-care operators for the support and assistance that was provided, to our families, during this difficult time.

For more information, please visit our website at www.durham.ca or our social media channels of Twitter (@regionofdurham) and Facebook (regionofdurham).

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