Negotiations between Peel Children’s Aid Society (CAS) and the union representing about 435 striking workers made some progress Tuesday before fizzling into another breakdown in talks.
Both sides reported settlement on issues that have fuelled an increasingly bitter walkout by frontline child protection personnel, administrative staff and support workers for the last three weeks.
Talks between negotiators for the agency and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4914, aided by a provincial mediator, lasted about 12 hours and showed promise.
“We addressed a number of outstanding issues, including two issues that the union had identified as their priority, health and safety, which was resolved,” according to Peel CAS CEO Rav Bains.
In a late night news release, Bains said the agency agreed to many language changes to the collective agreement as requested by the union.
He added Peel CAS was open to exploring alternative approaches to dealing with the remaining unresolved issues as long as costs did not further impede the agency’s ability to provide child protection services within budget constraints.
CUPE said talks fell apart after the employer refused to consider amended proposals to address workloads and job evaluations.