A letter sent out to the parents of the CPE at the YMYWHA:
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
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On behalf of the Board of Directors of CPEea du Y, seek we regret to inform you that despite the assistance of a conciliator, we were not able to reach an agreement with the Federation of Teachers of Jewish Schools (Union).
The Union has rejected all our offers to date, including the multiple options presented during conciliation.
Given the impasse at today’s conciliation meeting, we tabled a final global offer in the presence of the conciliator, including a request that the Union present this global offer to its membership. The deadline for acceptance of the offer is Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. The Union bargaining committee has been informed that should the global offer be rejected, the educators will be locked out at both the Ben Weider and West Island installations of the CPE du Y as of Wednesday July 11.
We have made this difficult decision because we do not want to subject our families to an unstable environment where we have no guarantee that educators will report for work on any given day. If the agreement is not ratified, we will remain closed until an agreement is reached and are writing to keep you informed so that you may make alternate childcare arrangements.
Board members are also parents. We, like you, face child care challenges and are frustrated with the Union’s intransigence. We sincerely regret the inconvenience stemming from this disruption in service.
We wish to stress that we have extended ourselves as far as we can in our negotiations with the union. We withdrew all of our demands for changes to the existing collective agreement and have agreed in whole or in part to the vast majority of their demands.
It is also important to emphasize that our educator’s compensation is equivalent, and often superior, to that offered by other Montreal-area CPEs. They are paid according to the government scale and have competitive pension and medical plans to which the government and the CPE du Y contribute respectively.
At this stage, despite our concessions, our understanding is that there is one major issue – paid absences – that separates the parties.
As background, you should be aware that in July 2007, the Union signed a letter of agreement that stipulated that salaries would be paid for closed days as long as the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés (MFA) provided subsidy. At that time, the MFA subsidized an unspecified number of closed days. In July 2008 the MFA announced a retroactive change to its funding policy, indicating that from then on it would only subsidize a maximum of thirteen closed days. Closed days include any day in which childcare services are not provided, for example, statutory holidays, other holidays, and professional days. This change in policy represents a significant loss of subsidy and income for the CPE. This amounts to approximately $8400 per closed day over 13 and includes both the Ministry daily subsidy as well as the $7 parental contribution which is NOT billed to parents for any closed days over 13. This past year, with 7 additional closed days our additional loss of subsidy and income was about $58,800.
In addressing the issue of paid absences our goals are as follows:
· To maximize service to our parents by keeping the days where our day care is closed to a minimum i.e. no more than 13closed days whenever possible;
· To allow educators to maximize their earnings by being open for them to work.
In order to effectively meet these objectives, we have opted for a global approach to paid absences as has been achieved in recent negotiations between CPE’s and the government, and CPE’s and other unions. As per our final offer, educators from the start of their employment would be eligible for 43 paid absences comprised of statutory holidays, vacation, sick leave and personal days. This then increases at increments until 53 paid absences after 27 years. We should point out that at most other CPEs, including the package recently negotiated by the government for over 8500 daycare educators, an educator starts with 28-33 paid absences for the first 5 years and only then becomes eligible for 43 paid absences.
We view our final offer to be fair, reasonable and fiscally responsible. As a Board of Directors, it is incumbent upon us to conclude a sustainable Collective Agreement.
Once again, we sincerely regret having to close our CPE’s for the time being and for the inconvenience.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. In the interim we will do our best to keep you informed of developments.
Kirsten Stern Adina Busner
President, CPE du YM-YWHA Vice-President, CPE du YM-YWHA