Planned closure of Catholic Family Providers of Hamilton ‘probably forced’ by bargaining with union: CUPE

The Canadian Union of Community Workers (CUPE) says attempts by employees to ratify its first collective agreement at Catholic Spouse and children Solutions of Hamilton (CFS) “most likely compelled” the social companies agency’s announcement it would close on April 30.

“No union bargains with the employer to shut them down … no one desired this company to shut,” Aubrey Gonsalves, chair of CUPE Ontario’s social expert services workers’ co-ordinating committee, instructed CBC Hamilton on Tuesday.

Gonsalves said the 50 staff at CFS became CUPE Nearby 5470 in Oct 2020 and had been bargaining for their to start with collective agreement since April 2021.

Gonsalves said CFS was “stonewalling” in mid-2021 in advance of sharing its economic statements. He mentioned it confirmed “apparent” economic mismanagement.

The personnel ended up nonetheless hoping to ratify the agreement when CFS said last week it would be closing for the reason that of “concerns about the ongoing viability” of the business.

CFS offers numerous providers, including child care, violence intervention courses and products and services for those dwelling with developmental disabilities. It is really been in Hamilton for 74 years and runs St. Martin’s Manor.

CFS said company was struggling for ‘some time’

Requested if the closure had to do with the union, CFS executive director Fivel Flavour instructed CBC Hamilton the agency has been battling financially for “some time.”

“Some of the issues CFS faces include large personal debt degrees, an absence of savings and an incapacity to make essential investments in our firm,” Flavour said Tuesday, noting the pandemic also impacted CFS.

Flavour said the agency needs 40 per cent more staffing to attain ability.

Just before CFS closes, service suppliers will be determined and CFS will assistance transition shoppers to the new companies.– Fivel Flavour, CFS govt director

Gonsalves claimed he wishes to know where other companies like what CFS provides exist, and if you can find a strategy to consider in family members making use of CFS solutions and its employees. He also stated he miracles what contingency plan CFS had in place.

Flavour reported packages will transfer to other businesses, and personnel been given a “extended operating observe” and will get “generous separation fork out.” Provincial ministries are also continuing the courses in Hamilton, Flavour claimed.

“Prior to CFS closes, support suppliers will be discovered and CFS will aid transition consumers to the new corporations.

“I can understand how this information is upsetting to our staff and companions, but the closure is for the motives I have mentioned.”

Subhraj Riar, spokesperson for Ontario’s Ministry of Little ones, Neighborhood and Social Products and services, said Tuesday the province is working with the company and local community associates to guarantee CFS courses and solutions will proceed in the group.

“Specifics about the upcoming supply of programming will be communicated to those people who use them when they are finalized,” Riar explained.

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