Durham’s “Inside Workers” set to Strike Thursday

Public health services and child care will be affected when 1,600 workers strike on Thursday.

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. 

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  1. CUPE Pigs posted on 06/11/2014 12:02 PM
    Gee, what a surprise: the leeches from CUPE are threatening to go on strike if the party that gives them all their handouts doesn't win.
    1. Brian posted on 06/11/2014 03:49 PM
      @CUPE Pigs Your comment makes no sense. The dealings of CUPE have nothing to do with the provincial election, nor will the outcome affect any decision made.
  2. john posted on 06/11/2014 01:09 PM
    i say let them strike . make asses of themselves and show how useless unions really are .
  3. john posted on 06/11/2014 01:13 PM
    i wounder if it will be noticed

    overpaid under worked whiners union .
    1. Rich posted on 06/11/2014 03:51 PM
      @john Why don't you ask the Commissioner of Service about how much he and other regional heads will make when the cash out their sick time. One them will get nearly $200,000 of your tax dollars! Also ask him why they have best doctor benefits and no one else does?? Again your tax dollars! Do you have access to the best doctors?? Not unless your the commissioner of what ever and go after the blue collar worker!
    2. PrivatizeForProfit posted on 06/11/2014 04:18 PM
      @john Exactly John! All unions have done r give us weekends (which they can't take away now!) And make it impossible to get a job. All you should need is high school to apply to all the regional jobs.
      Rediculous unions...
    3. Jack posted on 06/11/2014 04:32 PM
      @PrivatizeForProfit Everything good that unions have done (weekends, workplace safety laws, etc) are the work of the unions of 70+ years ago, from back when they had actual workplace battles to fight.

      Everything they fought for is now the foundation of employment law, benefitting all Canadians whether they work an honest job on their own merit or pay dues to a union to cover their ass from their failures.

      The only things unions fight for now is their own privilege to commit legalized extortion.

      "Give us what we want, or we shut your business down."
      "Give us what we want, or your kids don't get an education."
      "Give us what we want, or your city streets become a landfill."

      The old unions were necessary, like a cast on a broken arm. The trouble is that once the arm healed, we kept wearing the cast long past the time we should have cut it off and thrown it away. Now we have people like this, fear-mongering that if we ever take the cast off, our arm will wither and die, and calling everyone a fascist who doesn't agree with them.
    4. jeff posted on 06/11/2014 04:51 PM
      @PrivatizeForProfit @PrivatizeForProfit they can't take away weekends. Employers have and continue to take away tons. They took away the teachers sick time, they took away the jobs of garbage workers in Toronto. Unions gave you maternity leave, benefits, job protection and protection from abuse. Unions gave you a fair wage and pay equity for woman and minorities. But most of all unions gave us protection to voice our opinion without fear of retribution from uneducated people who have no idea what public service and regional employees need to do their jobs.
    5. Drew posted on 06/11/2014 05:11 PM
      @PrivatizeForProfit @privatizeforprofit Do you really want someone with only a high school education showing up to your house when you call 911 with a life threatening injury/illness? I know I would want somebody with some post secondary education.
    6. Hi posted on 06/11/2014 09:57 PM
      @Rich If they're getting paid out that much, they must be earning like $400,000. Is that true? Are my tax dollars going to pay someone $400,000 this year???????
    7. Hi posted on 06/11/2014 10:02 PM
      @Hi Just checked the sunshine list and I couldn't find anyone who earned nearly that much. Where should I look?
    8. Jim posted on 06/11/2014 11:00 PM
      @PrivatizeForProfit Your simply wrong about the educational requirements. There are a large number of positions that require university degrees and professional designations for unionized positions at the regional level.A boat load of them. Do your homework before speaking out loud.
    9. Cheryl posted on 06/12/2014 10:55 AM
      @PrivatizeForProfit High school to apply to all Regional Jobs??? That comment doesn't make sense! Good luck becoming a Public Health Inspector, Nurse, Paramedic, Police Officer, Solicitor, Court Procecutor, Design Engineer, etc. with a high school diploma.
    10. brian posted on 06/13/2014 09:53 PM
      @PrivatizeForProfit The only problem is that there is the need for literacy in high paying jobs. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but people expect competencies that high schoolers don't have
  4. Medic posted on 06/11/2014 06:49 PM
    "Overpaid underworked whiners union"??? I wonder if you'll think that the next time you or a family member requires an ambulance.
    1. Blah Blah posted on 06/11/2014 09:35 PM
      @Medic Medic, your statement sounds threatening! Are you not being compensated for your work?
      Check out the following link to see the comparison of paramedic wages in Ontario. It's under the section union and benefits.
    2. Medic posted on 06/11/2014 10:08 PM
      @Blah Blah That was not threatening in any way it was meant to educate johno there the members he is speaking of. AM I being compensated for my work? Do you mean am I being paid to work? that isn't what this article is about. If we strike medics are forced to work while our fellow members picket, and we ALL lose out, ALL of us lose wages!
    3. Blah Blah posted on 06/12/2014 08:48 AM
      @Medic In your original post you took offence that John called the union overpaid and underworked. The wage comparison shows that Durham is paid well above their provincial counterparts. So you must not be offended by the overpaid statement.
      Is it the underworked remark that got under your skin?
      How do you lose wages when you're forced to work?
    4. john posted on 06/17/2014 11:40 AM
      @Medic heres the thing mate . as someone who is in the outside looking in i am going to explain to u why i call em that .

      when u guys go on strike . i know u fight for your job but u make other people who make less money then u not feel sorry for u . it also as bad as holding the pubic hostage if we did that we would be arrested and charged with terrorism . then u got people who taking the pictures of unions members sleeping on the job . if we slept on the job we would be fired for it . u guys can get away with anything . for example stealing . u get fired u appeal to the union u get your job back . we dont get that option . union people have more and better benefits then the rest of us . when u go on strike the thing your leaders say is it is not about the money . that's bullshit . it is ALWAYS about the money always has been always will . they sound more like a politicians when they pull that shit . u guys have got to stop the bullshit about it not being about the money . nobody is buying it . u guys want public to feel sorry for u stop acting like a bunch of stuck up bitches and work . union got to understand who thay REAL work for . . u dont work for the government, unions , etc . u work for the people who give u the money to use to put food on your table and roof over your head . and now that the liberal government is now full power it is going to get worse then it will get better . dont be leave me do research on a town in USA called Detroit . the same thing that happen there is happening here as well .
  5. BubbaGump posted on 06/13/2014 01:47 PM
    Lets put this strike in perspective - the union has a 65% strike vote. That percentage was reached through a combination of fear-mongering and outright lies to the membership. There is a huge internal division in the local.

    This strike mandate is over a benefit limited to ambulance attendants and no one else. Ambulance workers are an essential service and will be paid through the strike while all the rest of us are losing our homes and starving our kids.

    A 40% vote is all that's needed to oust this union and go to another. They are 5% away from doing that to themselves. Any other unions want to absorb a local of pissed off employees ready to lynch a handful of ambulance crews and their union execs? The rest of us would rather work than fight for a benefit for a bunch of guys who are "slightly more equal."
    1. Aaron posted on 06/13/2014 09:47 PM
      @BubbaGump Be careful you don't point the finger too much. Both sides have been fed equal but different lies by the people they should be able to trust. This whole situation unfairly paints union members as whiners and spoiled brats. It's called misrepresentation.
    2. Aaron posted on 06/13/2014 09:51 PM
      @BubbaGump Be careful you don't point the finger too much. Both sides have been fed equal but different lies by the people they should be able to trust. This whole situation unfairly paints union members as whiners and spoiled brats. It's called misrepresentation.
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