Pembroke, (ON): Contract talks between the County of Renfrew and Ontario Works CUPE Local 4989 broke off on Monday, April 30, 2012. There have been four days of negotiations. Despite not reaching a negotiated labour contract, David Anderson, Director of Social Services says it is business as usual until there is labour action in the workplace.
The County of Renfrew has developed a contingency plan for the delivery of emergency social services in the event of any disruption in service by staff. Ontario Works recipients receiving benefits currently will continue to receive benefits and those clients requiring emergency social assistance will be served in the event of a strike by the employees or a lockout by the employer.
Bruce Beakley, County of Renfrew Director of Human Resources, has advised the CUPE negotiating team for Ontario Works that the employer is willing to return to the bargaining table with or without the Ministry of Labour Mediator present.
County of Renfrew Chief Administrative Officer, Jim Hutton, noted that although this is an unfortunate situation, he is hopeful that both sides will soon come to an agreement in order to resume customary functions. “The County of Renfrew has a responsibility to ensure that our employees are fairly compensated for their efforts, and we also have a responsibility to ensure that our services are delivered in a cost effective manner reflective of the economic challenges that we face today.”
For more information and/or any new developments, please access the County of Renfrew’s website at http://www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca
David M. Anderson Director of Social Services, County of Renfrew 613-735-7784
Bruce Beakley Director of Human Resources, County of Renfrew 613-735-7288