The union that represents Durham’s 1,600 inside workers are in a legal strike position if an agreement is not reached with the region.

CUPE Local 1764 has issued a 48-hours strike notice, which means workers could be off the job at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

 

The union represents daycare staff, paramedics, and social services staff, as well as other workers.

Paramedics are required to keep working but other union members can walk off the job.

Six of the region’s directly operated child-care centres won’t be open.

The strike will also result in a reduction in the Ontario Works Program, restrictions at the provincial court office, and a closure of all environmental health offices.

Also, the region’s 40th anniversary celebration scheduled for later in June is postponed.

Durham Region officials said contingency plans are in place for essential services. Updates will be posted on its website durham.ca/strike.