SUDBURY, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - More than 230 OPSEU members at Community
Living Greater Sudbury (CLGS) could be in a legal strike position as
soon as midnight, Sunday April 7. Mediation has been scheduled for
Tuesday, April 2.
The union is calling for a commitment to progressive reduction of
part-time and casual jobs. Only 50 staff are currently full-time,
while the rest struggle with part-time and casual work.
"This is a quality services issue, but it's also about quality of life.
" said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "More than two thirds of
the CLGS workforce is part-time or casual. The frontline staff should
be able to afford to work there."
Another key issue at the table is the scheduling of shifts, which are
frequently long and unpredictable to compensate for an inadequate
number of relief staff.
"Frontline staff are dedicated to our work and our clients, but there
need to be some improvements in shifts and hours for us to be able to
do our jobs well," said June St. Germain, OPSEU Local 676 Bargaining
A majority of these workers are female and part-time. There is no
pension plan, 80 per cent are without benefits and there has been no
acceptable wage increase since 2008.
So far the employer has demonstrated little willingness to bargain a
fair and just contract and expect staff to wait another two years
before considering a wage hike. That would amount to a 15-cent an hour
wage increase over six years, which the employees are not willing to
For further information:
June St. Germain, OPSEU Local 676 Bargaining Team Chair: 705-691-2164
Norm Pilon, OPSEU Negotiator: 705-918-5616