Haley Ritchie, Metro News Ottawa, 2016.
Ottawa parents may be left scrambling for new childcare options, after three local YMCA daycare locations voted to strike on Monday evening.
Childcare workers at Taggart Family Y on Argyle Avenue, Ruddy Family Y on Centrum Boulevard and Avalon Public School on Portobello Boulevard have spent a year without a contract.
“We want to see what they come back with. At our last meeting there was no movement with respect to wages and benefits,” Athina Basiliadis, educator and president of the union representing the childcare workers, CUPE local 2204, said earlier that day.
She said within the union local, which represents child care workers across eastern Ontario, staff working for the three YMCA licensed child care locations are the lowest paid.