Unionized employees locked out of the CESAR office

CESAR's union employees were unable to return to work this morning, despite having reached an agreement to end the lockout last week. (Chelsea Shim/Ryersonian Staff)

CESAR office was closed this morning, leaving unionized staff waiting outside. (Chelsea Shim/Ryersonian Staff)

CESAR’s two unionized staff members went back to work this morning following their four-month lockout only to be locked out of the office.

“The two staff members of CESAR showed up for work today at the CESAR office at 9 a.m., as per the minutes of settlement the union signed in good faith with CESAR,” said Mary-Jo Nadeau, service coordinator at CUPE 1281.

Although Nadeau said the new agreement stated staff would be working today at 9 a.m., a sign on the office door announced it would remain closed until Monday at 4:30 p.m. Nadeau and the unionized staff members waited outside of the locked office until about 11 a.m.

A notice posted on CESAR's door announcing they would be closed until Monday afternoon. (Chelsea Shim/Ryersonian staff)

A notice posted on CESAR’s door announcing they would be closed until Monday afternoon. (Chelsea Shim/Ryersonian staff)

On Jan. 28, CESAR and CUPE 1281 met with the labour board to agree on a new collective agreement. The lockout against the unionized staff members began on Sept. 30 after bargaining attempts failed.

Shinae Kim, president of CESAR, was not available to comment.

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