June 20, 2014 12:31 pm

Durham Region workers to vote on latest offer Saturday

TORONTO – The strike in Durham Region that has closed six daycare centres could end next week as the municipality’s inside workers are set to vote on the latest contract offer Saturday.

If the offer is accepted, the roughly 1,600 workers who started walking the picket lines Thursday could be back to work by Monday.

Durham Region issued a statement saying CUPE Local 1764 has agreed to present the region’s latest offer to its members.

“The Region has worked very hard to present a fair deal for our employees. That’s why we were pleased to learn of this new development,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, in a release.

Six of the region’s child-care centres were closed during the strike including:

  • Pickering Child Care Centre
  • Ajax Child Care Centre
  • Whitby Child Care Centre
  • Gibb Street Child Care Centre
  • Lakewoods Child Care Centre
  • Edna Thomson Child Care Centre

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CUPE 1764 issued a response to the latest offer saying, although they were happy with Thursday’s protests, the latest contract contains concessions which are unacceptable.

“We are inviting our members to come out on Saturday to vote and reject their latest revised ‘final’ offer,” the statement said. “The message needs to be loud, strong and united that we reject their divisive tactics and we want a fair deal that will end this strike.”

Additional services affected by the strike include health inspectors, and court services.

Paramedics represented by the union are taking part in the bargaining process, but cannot strike as they are considered an essential service.

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