TORONTO CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY PREPARES FOR STRIKE, POINTS FINGER AT GOVERNMENT UNDERFUNDING

TORONTO, ON – Citing increased workload demands, wages that are being eroded by inflation and chronic underfunding to services, workers at Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto have voted overwhelmingly in favour of authorizing their union to take strike action if a fair deal cannot be reached in the current round of contract negotiations.

Catholic Children’s Aid Society Toronto (CCAS) is set to transition from having four locations across the city to a single east end location, a move that the union believes will make service, including regular supervised access visits, unmanageable for many families, putting undue stress on the families that rely on CCAS services and the workers who deliver them.

“Imagine you live in the west end and the office you used to walk to every week has moved to Scarborough, and you don’t have a car. This is the situation many of our families are going to find themselves in when the move takes place,” said Nancy Simone, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2190, which represents 400 workers at CCAS, “or an intake worker responding to a crisis call in the west end – do we really want them spending an hour traveling to a child at risk?”

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