Bargaining Updates

This webpage is where you will find important news, updates and documents related to bargaining as your union negotiates with the Region of Durham. Please bookmark this page and regularly check for updates.

We would like to report that regional council have reconvened for a special council meeting this morning, and have voted in favour of ratifying the agreement made between Local 1764 and the Region of Durham. As a result, our members will be now be able to return to their work locations starting tomorrow morning.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the mediator involved in this process, Gerry Lee, for being instrumental in assisting both parties in reaching this agreement. It is very important for us to also acknowledge and thank our members, volunteers, other union locals, our CUPE National representatives, as well as mobilization committee members in supporting us and sacrifycing long hours through this difficult process. We are very pleased that our members are now able to return to their jobs and daily routines. Once again, thank you for everyone’s support.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Please click here for the President’s response to durhamregion.com (Metroland Media) opinion article, dated July 9th, 2014.

The bargaining committee would like to report that the membership have chosen to accept the tentative agreement between the union and the Region. Before the agreement can become fully ratified, regional council must reconvene and ratify the agreement from their end of the process. Once this has been completed we will inform the membership of when members can return to work.

PLEASE NOTE: Picketing has been SUSPENDED pending full ratification.

*STRIKE PAY UPDATE* – Please click HERE for important strike pay information.

Stay tuned for further updates.

CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Your bargaining team would like to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Region of Durham, which will allow our members to return to work. In order to expedite the return to work process for our members, we must have the membership ratify this agreement today, Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at the Union Hall (Unit 9-11 Stanley Court, Whitby). Please note that there will be no formal presentation during the ratification process. Therefore, once members arrive, they will be handed the tentative agreement for review and they can then cast their vote immediately. Your bargaining committee will be in attendance to answer any questions that may arise. The ratification process will take place between the hours of 12:00 PM (Noon) and 11:00 PM. Members can arrive between these times at their leisure. If the membership ratifies this agreement, then council will attempt to reconvene on Wednesday to also ratify the agreement and officially end this work stoppage. Members would then return to work on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. If council cannot meet Wednesday, then members should return to work on Friday, July 11th, 2014 provided that both the membership and council ratify the agreement.

Ratification Vote Details

Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Location: Unit 9 – 11 Stanley Court, Whitby

Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) to 11:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Picketing has been SUSPENDED pending ratification.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

This message is to inform our members that your bargaining committee has contacted the employer and they have subsequently agreed to meet with the union and a third party mediator in an attempt to facilitate an end to this work stoppage. Please know that your bargaining committee is working hard as a team to bring an end to this impasse and we will continue to do so for all of our members. We understand the pressures and stress that everyone is under and our goal is to get everyone back to work ASAP. We will be meeting with the employer beginning on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Please visit the Picketing-Mobilization page for important information regarding picketing schedule changes.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Please click here for the President’s recent open letter to council, which has been sent as part of the efforts to end this labour dispute.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We would like to remind all our members that CUPE Ontario is hosting a Rally on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, which will be held at Regional Headquarters from 11:30-1:00 PM. Our CUPE National President, Paul Moist will be joining us on Wednesday and will show his support to Durham Region’s 1500 ‘inside’ municipal workers as they walk the line. See you all there!

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We would like to inform you all that your bargaining committee is very disheartened to report that the Region of Durham has chosen to not respond to our latest offer to settle. The Region only returned to the table today to inform us that they are not willing to move off their position.

Click here for the Media Releases section of our website.

We now need to mobilize more than ever. We need everyone to contact regional council and demand that the Region accept interest arbitration as an option to take all outstanding EMS issues to a third party arbitrator, who will resolve the differences between the two parties. We have continually put this offer forward. This is an option the union has NEVER been afraid of and we still welcome it as an option to end this unnecessary work stoppage. Click here for information on what Interest Arbitration is and how it works.

Please click here for a list of Region of Durham councillors and their contact information. Please call them today and ask them to push for interest arbitration!

IMPORTANT: click here for the “Picketing-Mobilization” section of the website for important information. (Updated as of June 27th 9:30 am)

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We would like to inform you all that we have received a response from the Region regarding our latest offer to settle. The region has asked to meet with your local’s bargaining committee on Thursday, June 26th. Please continue to check your email and the website for further developments.

Please click here for a list of Region of Durham councillors and their contact information. Please call them today and demand the respect our workers deserve.

A big thank you is owed to CUPE Ontario for hosting the ‘Fair Contract for all Solidarity Rally & BBQ’, which was held at Regional Headquarters! We had some wonderful support and we’d like to thank everyone who showed up in support of our members!

IMPORTANT: click here for the “Picketing-Mobilization” page for important information.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We would like to inform you all that we have received a response from the Region regarding our latest offer to settle. The region has asked to meet with your local’s bargaining committee on Thursday. Please continue to check your email and the website for further developments.

Please click here for a list of Region of Durham councillors and their contact information. Please call them today and demand the respect our workers deserve.

Also, please be reminded that CUPE Ontario is hosting a ‘Fair Contract for all Solidarity Rally & BBQ’, which will be held at Regional Headquarters at noon tomorrow. Please see the media releases section of our website for details.

IMPORTANT: click here for the “Picketing-Mobilization” page.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

As is well known, the members of CUPE Local 1764 have rejected the Region of Durham’s last offer. We are now asking that our members and the public contact their respective regional councillors and tell them to direct the Region of Durham to return to the table with the major concessions removed from any future offer.

Please click here for a list of Region of Durham councillors and their contact information. Please call them today and demand the respect our workers deserve.

IMPORTANT: click here for the “Picketing-Mobilization” page.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

As is well known, the members of CUPE Local 1764 have rejected the Region of Durham’s last offer. We are now asking that our members and the public contact their respective regional councillors and tell them to direct the Region of Durham to return to the table with the major concessions removed from any future offer.

Please click here for a list of Region of Durham councillors and their contact information. Please call them today and demand the respect our workers deserve.

Regarding picketing for this week, please click here for instructions and important information.

*Additional Picketing Information (Afternoon Update) – click here

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

As is well known, the members of CUPE Local 1764 have rejected the Region of Durham’s last offer. We are now asking that our members and the public contact their respective regional councillors and tell them to direct the Region of Durham to return to the table with the major concessions removed from any future offer.

Please click here for a list of Region of Durham councillors and their contact information. Please call them today and demand the respect our workers deserve.

Regarding picketing for this week, please click here for instructions and important information.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Hello Members,

The results are in! Your bargaining committee would like to report that the members have REJECTED the Region of Durham’s revised final offer! We now hope that the Region will acknowledge our members demands and come back to the bargaining table with the concessions removed!

Details on the shifts for picket duty will be posted on the website sometime on Sunday afternoon. Please contact mobilization@cupe1764.ca if you have any questions/concerns regarding this coming week’s picketing activities.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the local over the past few weeks, especially today! You, our members have made a bold statement! It’s now time for the Region to come back to the table and negotiate a fair contract for ALL of their employees! See you all on Monday!

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Your bargaining committee would like to thank everyone who showed up today on the picket line! What a crowd! That is solidarity! By uniting and standing together, we are sending a clear message to the employer that we are a united local and we will not fall for their divide and conquer tactics and we will only accept a fair contract for all.

Our united front is having a cumulative effect on the employer. The Region has presented us with a revised ‘final’ offer but it still contains concessions and our membership have been very clear — we will not accept a contract with concessions. We need to send an even stronger message to our employer that we will not be bullied into accepting an inferior contract. We are inviting our members to come out on Saturday to vote and reject their latest revised ‘final’ offer. The message needs to be loud, strong and united that we reject their divisive tactics and we want a fair deal that will end this strike.

You’ve elected your bargaining committee to deliver you a fair contract and we now need you to help us achieve our goal — a fair contract for all, without concessions. Come out on Saturday and reject the latest revised ‘final’ offer. In the meantime, continue to show solidarity on the picket line by showing what CUPE 1764 is all about.

Please click here for details/locations for the Saturday vote.

Picketing instructions for tomorrow (Friday, June 20th) remain the same. Please report to Regional Headquarters at either 6:00 AM OR 9:00 AM. And please do NOT park on Regional property. Please click here for updated information regarding tomorrow’s picket.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Today we met with the employer with the hopes that both parties could reach a deal in negotiating a fair collective agreement for all. Unfortunately, talks have broken down once again. Therefore, a work stoppage will commence tomorrow morning, Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 AM.

Please click here for the attached document for instructions from your mobilization committee on what you need to know / where to report for tomorrow morning.

Stay strong everyone,
In solidarity,

CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We are still waiting on the employer. We will update everyone ASAP.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Please be advised that the bargaining team is still at the table. The instructions sent to you by the Mobilization Committee only apply if a tentative agreement is not reached. It is your bargaining committee’s intention to keep working towards bargaining a fair collective agreement for ALL members of Local 1764. An email and call drop will be sent by 9:00 pm tonight advising members that talks are either continuing or have broken down. If talks do breakdown, a work stoppage will commence at 6:00 AM tomorrow morning. Please continue to check your email and website for updates.

Click here: for instructions on what to do / where to be tomorrow if the work stoppage occurs.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We would like to inform our members that the employer has asked your bargaining committee to return to the bargaining table. It is our full intention to reach a collective agreement that is fair for ALL of our members.

As it stands, the work stoppage deadline still remains as it was, which is set for Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 AM. However, please keep checking your cupe1764.ca email as well as the website for updates. If the circumstances surrounding the work stoppage change, we will notify the membership via email/website/call drop immediately.

Your mobilization committee will be in touch with you at some point tomorrow via email and on the website with instructions on how to proceed.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

This is to advise members that the parties have reached an impasse. We have just notified the employer that the 48-hours notice, will commence tomorrow morning, Tuesday, June 17th @ 6AM. A legal work stoppage will commence on Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 AM. Further details will be forthcoming. Please be advised that your benefits are fully in place during the work stoppage.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Team

Dear members,

We would like to inform the membership that both parties will be returning to the table tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM. At this time, there will be a moratorium on communications until such time as there is something sufficient to report. Please stay tuned for further updates.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Team

Hello Members:

Last night we sent out a communication informing you of the Region’s final offer.

We reconvened today in order to formulate the next steps. This message is to clarify where we stand at this moment.

Upon completion of the transfer of money for the continuation of benefit coverage, which is expected to be completed no later than the end of business day on Monday, June 16th, we intend to give a 48-hours notice to begin a count-down to a work stoppage.
Our goal is to continue bargaining. We are prepared to bargain 24/7.
Should bargaining prove to be ineffective, and the bargaining committee cannot reach an agreement with the employer, or, if either party walks away from the table, the bargaining committee will put forth the motion to commence a work stoppage. This stoppage will begin 48 hours after the notice has been given to the employer. Members will also receive notification at that time.
Please stay tuned for further updates.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Team

Please be advised that the Region of Durham has presented the Bargaining Team with a final offer. After reviewing the contents of the proposal, the bargaining team finds it to be an unacceptable offer for our membership. Your employer has requested that we present this final offer to you. The major concessions continue to remain on the table. The benefit increases are no where near the increases management gave themselves after ratification of our last collective agreement. In addition, the wages put forward by the employer are still not acceptable to your bargaining committee, as they are not in line with the percentage increases that have been settled within Durham Region and the Province of Ontario. Your bargaining team went in with a mandate from all of you to bargain NO concessions. We have held a firm stance through the process and are now hoping that you will continue to stand behind us and reject this offer.

Giving you the membership, the power to tell your employer that this is unacceptable, does not mean you are on strike. Our intention remains to get the best possible Collective Agreement for the members of CUPE 1764. It has taken us 40 years to build our Collective Agreement , and the employer does not have the right to strip it away from you.

Please be advised that the bargaining team will be in touch with you in order to communicate the next steps once details regarding a vote have been confirmed.

In solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We want to let everyone to know that we are at the table again today after a long day of negotiations yesterday. Talks are continuing and we will certainly keep all members informed.

Your CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Team

We really would like to thank our members for their show of support over the past number of weeks. As we move forward in this process, we want everyone to know that they can rely on the bargaining committee to provide them with a 48-hour notice before any work stoppage will commence. We will communicate this information via phone-drop, email, and the website. Given the time frames, it is then safe to say that although we will be in a legal strike position, there will be no work stoppage for this Friday. If you are experiencing any cupe1764.ca email issues or you are not receiving the phone-drops, please contact communications@cupe1764.ca, and we will get the problem rectified.

We also want all members to know that we have come to an agreement with the Region, which will keep your benefits fully intact if a work stoppage occurs, and these costs will be 100% covered by CUPE National.

Two-thirds of this membership have told us that they agree with your committee in not accepting concessions from the employer. Your bargaining committee still stands by this direction from the membership. To further fight for your rights, we need your continued support in some very simple ways. First, we’d like you all to continue to take your breaks at the same time at 10:15 AM and 2:30 PM. By everyone doing this at the same time we will show the employer what solidarity truly looks like. We are also proposing that this Friday, all members where some red clothing to work as a continued display of unity within our group. Once again, thank you all for supporting us. This is not an easy task and we understand the pressures and stresses everyone is going through. By staying together as one solid group, we will get this job done! Thank you.

Please see the document that addresses some of the rumours floating within the workplaces.

In solidarity,
Your CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Team

We have completed the strike vote meetings and are pleased to announce that we received a 65% strike vote. This vote DOES NOT mean we will be on strike on Friday morning. Stay tuned for updates. Your bargaining committee will continue to provide information in the coming days.

Good Afternoon,

To start off, we would like to thank you for your support yesterday during the Information Rally we held at Regional Headquarters. It was a great success. Solidarity is the backbone of the collective bargaining process. Our members have shown our employer that solidarity is alive and well in our Local.

As an extension of our efforts yesterday, members of your Bargaining Committee and Mobilization Committee will be making site visits at various work locations around the Region tomorrow Friday, June 6, 2014.

We will be dropping off buttons and flyers for you to share with your coworkers. As well, if questions do arise, please email: bargaining@cupe1764.ca and a response will be provided.

Thank you for your continued support.

In Solidarity,

CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

On Monday, your bargaining committee received a new proposal package from the employer, in which a large percentage of the concessions were removed. This movement is proof that your bargaining team’s stance and efforts have been successful. However, there are two remaining major concessions in this package which affect our EMS member’s sick time and hours of work. This is an absolute attack on all of our members because this employer is cleverly laying the stepping stones to alter every one else’s sick leave program. Your employer has told your union this in the past. Given the financial stability of the Region of Durham, the wage and benefit increase that has been tabled in their proposal is an insult.

Your bargaining team received a clear mandate from you, the membership, that we would not accept ANY concessions from the employer. This includes concessions that affect ANY group of our members. We believe that the 91% strike mandate we received from our membership is a clear indicator that members have now recognized the divisive tactics of this employer. Your bargaining team is confident that with your continued support we will send the message to the employer that your union protects all its members. The bottom line for you is this: If we don’t stand up and say “NO CONCESSIONS” to this employer today, what group of members is next?

Please continue to empower your bargaining team in their mission to provide the best collective agreement possible to ALL members.

In Solidarity,

Your CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

Local 1764 is committed to reaching a fair deal and we are asking for your continued support at a ‘No Concessions Information Rally’ planned for this Wednesday, June 4th starting at 7:30 AM in front of the two main entrances at Regional Headquarters. We will be distributing ‘NO CONCESSIONS’ buttons, which we are asking you to wear in your workplace to illustrate the solidarity of our membership, and to show support for your bargaining team. During this rally, we will also be providing information to employees, the general public, and members of regional council as they arrive for the first of June’s council meetings. We look forward to seeing you there for your show of support!

Thank you!

CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Team

Good Morning:

As we advised might occur, talks have broken down and subsequently a No-Board report was filed Tuesday afternoon by the assigned conciliator from the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

DESPITE THE COMMUNICATION POSTED ON THE INSIDER FROM THE EMPLOYER THIS MORNING, THIS LOCAL IS NOT IN A LEGAL STRIKE POSITION ON JUNE 13, 2014 @ 12:01AM UNTIL SUCH TIME AS A STRIKE VOTE IS TAKEN. PLEASE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE DIVISIVE BARGAINING TACTICS BEING UTILITIZED BY YOUR EMPLOYER. WE NEED TO REMAIN STRONG AND NOT FALL VICTIM TO THE LIES BEING CIRCULATED BY THE REGION.

As a result, strike vote meetings will be held on:

Monday, June 9th at 5:00 PM or 7:00 PM or 9:00 PM Presentation, Q&A & then Vote – Unifor Local 222 Hall – 1425 Phillip Murray Ave, Oshawa

Tuesday, June 10th at 7:15 AM or 12:15 PM or 1:15 PM or 4:45 PM Presentation, Q&A & then Vote – CUPE 1764 Union Hall – Unit 9-11 Stanley Ct., Whitby

IMPORTANT: This does NOT mean a strike WILL occur. There is still an opportunity for the employer to return to the table with concessions removed from their proposals. Unfortunately, as of today, your employer has been unwilling to move on concessions. During the strike vote meetings, a presentation will be made and an overview of the concessions that are within your employer’s package will be explained to the members. The rights and benefits that you enjoy today are at risk! Please join us at one of the scheduled meetings listed above & support the recommendation of your bargaining committee!

We have received quite a number of questions over the last 24 hours. We are preparing an FAQ document that will be shared so that all members receive the same information.

Please see our website www.cupe1764.ca for more information as well, and follow us on Twitter @cupe_1764 and Facebook.

Please stay strong everyone,
Pauline

Good Afternoon:

We have just been advised of the memo that has been issued by Matt Gaskell, the Commissioner of Corporate Services to all CUPE 1764 members. Please be advised that we have contacted Legal Counsel and are in the process of filing a bargaining in bad faith complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

It is important that you realize that your bargaining committee did not mislead you in any way. Saying that STIPP is the only issue is a total misrepresentation of all the concessions that the employer tabled. Your bargaining committee has taken a position and we have not waivered from that stance. This package is an attack on every member of Local 1764.

I am extremely upset and disappointed that the employer has decided to attempt to bargain directly with our members. We entered into this process in good faith and we maintain our position that we will gladly return to the table when the employer removes the unreasonable concessions that they are expecting our members to agree to. This is the employer’s attempt to continue the divide amongst members of the local that has persisted for many years. We cannot feed into this premise. We gave a very clear message at our meetings on May 5, 9, 22 & 23. CUPE Local 1764 is one local. We are nearly 1600 members strong and we need to remain that way.

While we appreciate that members will want to send out their own messages, we respectfully ask that you allow your bargaining committee to disseminate information in the appropriate format.

We have posted on this website for your review, an overview of the concessions put forward by your employer in their bargaining proposal package. Please continue to monitor your cupe email and the website for updated information as it becomes available.

Regards,

Pauline Hopley
President, CUPE Local 1764

Today we met with the conciliation officer from the Ministry of Labour. The employer was unwilling to move on major concessions from their package of proposals. We have requested a ‘No-Board’ report, which will be filed next Tuesday. A No-Board report is issued when the conciliation officer informs the Ontario Minister of Labour that a collective agreement was unable to be reached between the two parties.

Business will continue as usual for your union and bargaining team. We are fully prepared to bargain with our employer once they move on major concessions. It’s that simple. We still have June 9th and 11th-12th as potential bargaining dates. Additional information from your bargaining committee will be shared with the membership early next week.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you all again for supporting your bargaining team!

In Solidarity,
CUPE Local 1764 Bargaining Committee

We are pleased to report that the members of Local 1764 have given your bargaining committee a strong mandate vote of 91%. Thank you all for your support. We are starting the conciliation process at noon today and will report back to members as information become available. Please also continue to check this webpage for further updates.

A number of questions have been raised as to why we cannot share the employer’s proposal package with our members. Under the Labour Relations Act, both parties are legally bound to maintain confidentiality. When the parties enter into the bargaining process there is an understanding that neither of the parties will breach confidentiality and share any proposals until a final settlement is reached — or a no board report is filed. If one (or both) of the parties violate this agreement, the other party can file a “bargaining in bad faith” complaint with the Labour Board. Your bargaining committee takes this commitment very seriously and cannot share specific proposal details.

At the upcoming meeting on May 22, 2014, your bargaining committee will request for a strike mandate. Please be assured that the committee did not enter into the decision lightly in notifying the employer that we were filing for conciliation. At the meeting held on May 5, 2014 we received a unanimous decision from the members to not accept any concessions during this bargaining process. The decision to take the strong stance that we have is to protect ALL members of Local 1764. Your bargaining committee stands behind this decision.

As you know, we began the bargaining process with the Region and exchanged proposals. We were very disappointed by the large number of concessions that the region is expecting our members to accept. As a result of their demands, we have filed for conciliation with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (see May 14th Update below).

Your bargaining committee went to the table with a very lean package of proposals and we are more than willing to return to the table once our employer removes the excessive and offensive concessions off the table.

The membership’s mandate was to refuse major concessions and we are now seeking your support to advance our agenda through a strike mandate vote. Two meetings will be held next week on:

Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM – Heydenshore Pavillion – 589 Water St., Whitby
Friday, May 23rd at 7:30 AM – CUPE 1764 Union Hall – 9-11 Stanley Ct., Whitby
Please join us at the one of the meetings listed above and support your bargaining team in standing up to this employer once and for all!

On Monday, May 5th we presented our proposals package to the membership and explained to everyone what our main focus and priorities were. We also made it clear to the members that your bargaining committee was unwilling to accept any concessions from the employer. We received unanimous support from those in attendance at the meeting as well as positive feedback and praise from many. We felt very positive going into negotiations with the Region feeling that our proposal package was fair and reasonable.

Today we began the bargaining process with the Region and exchanged proposals. We would love to say that day one was successful but unfortunately that is not the case. We were extremely dismayed with the extensive number of concessions that the employer is expecting our members to accept in their initial proposal. Your bargaining team feels that the employer is being unreasonable and in fact offensive. To say we were disappointed in their proposal is perhaps putting it mildly. As a result we have filed for conciliation with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. This involves bringing in an independent third party who is assigned by the Ministry of Labour whose job it is to assist the parties in resolving the impasse. Your bargaining committee will continue to work hard on your behalf and will use all the tools at their disposal and will continue to keep you updated.

Conciliation is a process by which a trade union or an employer can ask the Ontario Ministry of Labour for help in resolving their differences so that they can reach a collective agreement. Either party may apply to the ministry. If parties are in negotiations, they must use, the government’s conciliation services before they can get into a position to engage in a strike or lock-out.

For more information on the conciliation process click here: FAQ on Conciliation (Ontario Ministry of Labour)

- CUPE Local 1764 represents >1,600 employees who work diligently at providing the best services possible to Durham Region’s communities – now that’s people power folks!
- Our paramedics deliver 387,000 hours of work hours!
- Our public health inspectors conduct over 6,500 food safety inspections!
- Members of the Works department help to plan, design and construct regional roads/bridges, sanitary sewers, sewage/water treatment plants, water mains, reservoirs, water pumping stations and traffic signals!
- Members of the facility division of Works also help to maintain 300+ regionally owned and leased facilities.
- Our family visitor employees provide over 5,000 home visits!
- Our members take care of over 800 residents in long-term care!
- Our early childhood educators help operate and support seven child care facilities and 220 child care programs!
- Our members administer housing and homeless programs.

The following awards have been bestowed on the Region from the efforts and dedicated work of our members over the past years:

- The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Canadian Award for Financial Reporting, 2011.
- The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, 2012.
- Excellence Canada’s Level 4 certification and the Canada Awards for Excellence Gold Trophy for the Region’s Social Services Department, in 2012.
- The Region’s Commissioner of Works for the Region of Durham, was presented with the Ontario Public Works Association’s (OPWA) 2011 Public Works Leader of the Year Award in 2012.
- The Economic Development and Tourism division won two Merit Awards from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) in 2012.
- Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Gold Excellence Award in the Special Waste category and the SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the Public Education category, in 2013.
- Fairview Lodge achieved, Accreditation Canada’s award with Exemplary Standing in 2014.