The union representing child-care workers locked out of the Something Special Children’s Centre (SSCC) in Kingston has reached a deal with the facility’s owners.
What was a loud and sometimes divisive labour dispute between CUPE daycare workers and the owners of the centre has now turned peaceful.
“They came back with a better proposal.”
Oliver, along with seven other employees, was locked out of the centre at the beginning of November after early contract negotiations broke down.
The main issue, according to Oliver, was the employers’ plan to claw back banked sick days.
Each employee receives 12 sick days a year.
The tentative deal offered on Friday night has now been ratified by the union members.
“We got the protection we wanted in regards to sick time for our members,” Oliver said, “and I think everybody left happy.”
Global News has confirmed the SSCC board also ratified the deal.
“We want to go back and do our jobs — we miss our kids,” says Oliver. “We miss our families.
In an email statement to Global News late on Sunday, the centre said: “SSCC plans to reopen and welcome all families and employees back to the centre on Monday, November 18th.”