Parents will be scrambling to find someone to watch their children when 1,600 Durham Region workers walk off the job on June 19th.
CUPE 1764, which represents the workers, has been trying to negotiate a new collective agreement with the Regional Municipality of Durham, but a statement released by the union reads:
"This is to advise members that the parties have reached an impasse. We have just notified the employer that the 48-hours notice, will commence tomorrow morning, Tuesday, June 17th @ 6AM. A legal work stoppage will commence on Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 AM. Further details will be forthcoming. Please be advised that your benefits are fully in place during the work stoppage."
Durham Region officials say there are contingency plans in place to ensure that most programs and services continue, but others will need to be shut down for the duration of the strike.
One of the biggest impacts on residents will be the closing of six child-care centres. The centres that would be affected are 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.
A number of Health Department Services will also be suspended for the duration of the strike, including:
- Home visits by family visitors for the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program.
- Home visits to Infant & Child Development (ICD) clients.
- Oral Health clinical services at the Whitby Mall.
- Claims administration for dental services.
- Inspections of food premises by public health inspectors.
- New applications for private sewage systems.
- Water sample testing of private wells.
- Bathing beach monitoring.
- Sexual health clinics in Pickering and Port Perry will be closed.
- Front counter services will not be available at 101 Consumers Dr., Whitby; 1615 Dundas St. E. in Whitby; or 181 Perry St. in Port Perry.
Water meter reading programs will also be placed on hold and only emergency repairs will be conducted within the Durham Regional Local Housing Corporation Units.
For more information you can visit www.durham.ca