December 23, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our unionized employees have ratified a 3-year collective agreement today. The contract gives Tropicana the ability to sustainably offer culturally appropriate and supportive programs – today and in the future.

We want to thank the many funders, clients, partners and community at large for their unwavering support during this negotiating process. Special thanks to the employees who helped us maintain all our programs and services during the strike.

We welcome our unionized team members back to work and look forward to focusing our energies on what we all agree matters most – meeting the needs of the Caribbean, Black and African communities.

December 18, 2020

We made the decision today to part ways with a Labour Relations Consultant who was a member of our union negotiating team. This decision was based on online comments that are unacceptable to our organization and to our community.

For 40 years, Tropicana has always stood for the values of equality, respect for the individual and social responsibility. This organization will not stand by when compromise of those values come to light within our ranks. We will separate ourselves immediately. That is what we have done and we are moving forward.

We have taken steps to fill the position and are ready to return to the negotiating table at any time.

November 11, 2020

Unionized employees of Tropicana Community Services are on strike. However, we intend to continue operating all our programs during this labour disruption. Just as Tropicana has been innovative in dealing with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to being resourceful and running all our community programs to the fullest extent possible.

Our plan is to keep our administrative services and facilities, including our daycare centres, operating safely and securely.  And we plan to continue delivering our virtual remote services.

Our goal is to reach an agreement with our unionized employees and bring them back to work as soon as possible, as partners with us in providing valuable services to our clients. We seek an agreement that allows Tropicana Community Services to sustainably offer culturally appropriate and supportive programs to those most in need – today and in the future.

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