June 12, 2014 8:03 am

Possible strike in Durham Region could affect daycare services

Durham Region daycare services may be halted due to a possible workers' strike as early as Friday midnight.

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TORONTO – The threat of a strike Friday in Durham Region has some parents concerned.

Daycare workers are among those who could be affected if CUPE Local 1764 decides to go on strike tomorrow.

“The Region continues its efforts to negotiate a fair collective agreement,” said Durham officials in a media release. “However, if a new contract cannot be reached, these employees are in a lawful strike position as of June 13 at 12:01 a.m.”

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Around 1,600 employees in Durham would be part of the work action which includes paramedics, court service workers and public health inspectors.

Durham officials say contingency plans are in place to avoid any major disruptions to certain programs and services but others will be shut down temporarily.

For parents, six of the Region’s seven directly operated child-care centre will close if a strike occurs.

This includes the Pickering Child Care Centre, Ajax Child Care Centre, Whitby Child Care Centre, Gibb Street Child Care Centre, Lakewoods Child Care Centre, and the Edna Thomson Child Care Centre.

Durham officials are warning there could be picket lines at some locations and the public is being reminded that there could be large crowds to access regional services.

A full list of what services are affected can be found here.

 

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