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Windsor CAW child care centre stays open

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CBC News
Publication Date: 
25 Oct 2010



The Canadian Auto Workers Union child care centre in Windsor will remain open - but fees will rise after automakers have reduced their support.

General Motors stopped funding the centre as GM no longer has a production plant in Windsor. Chrysler and Ford also are reducing their support for the centre which is licenced for 160 spaces.

The CAW closed its child care centre in Oshawa last July due to declining demand.

But Anna Angelidis, the union's director of child care services, said the Windsor facility's operators have come up with a plan to keep the centre open. Starting Jan. 1, fees will go up, she said. For example, the toddler rate will go from $24.50 a day to $35. CAW members will be able to get a $12 refund.

"We looked at the revenue. We also looked at operating expenses ... and we'll be increasing the parent fees substantially. However they are going to be still affordable for the families who are going to be using our centre," said Angelidis.

The CAW said it will also open up its child care facility to any parents - not just members of the union. But the facility will close for 2 weeks in the summer.

-reprinted from the Windsor Star

Entered Date: 
27 Oct 2010
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