CUPE workers from the North Bay AIDS Committee want to get back to the bargaining table and they took to the streets of downtown to express their message today.
Kathleen Jodouin, a member of the local strike committee, was among a number of supporters who stood outside the Aid’s Committee office early this morning for a rally.
She says they have set a strike date for July 27th.
“We are hoping to avoid that,” Jodouin said about the possibility of hitting the picket line or being locked out.
“We are hoping to send that message to our board of directors this morning by hosting this rally that we want to go back to the table and they should instruct their management team to do the same.”
Local 4720-04 represents 11 workers at the AIDS Committee, including social workers, outreach workers, medical professionals and others.
Union reps identified wages and working conditions as the key issues in negotiating a new contract.
“Right now we are seeing a lot of support, all of our brothers and sisters from labour are coming out to support us and this is not what we want as a staff team, we don’t want to cause any undue hardship to our clients we are really committed to providing good services in this community but unfortunately if our employer refuses to come back to the table we are left in this position,” said Jodouin.