The union representing nursing home workers at Queens Manor in Liverpool says it's hopeful that a strike or lockout will be avoided at the facility.
CUPE National Representative Marianne Welsh says now that the Conciliation Officer has filed his report to the Minister of Labour, the union will be in a legal strike position at 12:01 am on Jan. 29.
"Both sides have agreed to meet in conciliation again on Jan. 28 and to not take any action until that meeting takes place.
"It is our hope that this employer will withdraw its concessionary proposal to reduce sick time accumulation from 20 hours per month to 12. These committed employees are asking only that their longstanding sick leave benefits be respected," says Welsh.
Welsh says, "It is baffling that this employer is willing to put the residents of Queens Manor at risk, especially given that the administrator, Deborah Langlois, has admitted that sick leave is not being abused. It's also troubling to us that she has informally threatened to lock out the employees."
The 59 members of CUPE Local 2648 voted 98 per cent in favour of job action in strike votes taken Aug. 25.