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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Strike Continues at Family Health Team

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

The two sides have not spoke since the union sent a counter-offer May 20

Talks remain at a standstill between striking OPSEU Local 276 members and the Family Health Organization (FHO).

OPSEU spokesperson David Cox tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the two sides have not spoke since the union sent a counter-offer May 20, a couple days before workers in nursing, clerical and custodial staff hit the picket lines May 22.

Cox says resolve remains strong among the close to 30 striking workers who are employed directly by doctors at the Owen Sound Family Health Team facility.

He says workers are committed to getting fair and equitable wages, after going without salary increases for more than four years.

In April, the union and FHO went to conciliation and worked out a three-year contract proposal that offered a one per cent raise in each year.

According to a past Bayshore Broadcasting report, the union recommended acceptance of the offer but workers voted it down.

It would have been retroactive to Jan.1 of this year.

The previous collective agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2017.

Cox says no new talks are planned between the two sides.

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