Intermediate and family resources for the intellectually disabled could use pressure tactics

MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - In negotiations since September 2010 to obtain a first collective settlement, intermediate resources (IR) and family-type resources (FTR), affiliated with CUPE, could soon adopt pressure tactics. These intermediate resources and family-type resources provide services to over 750 adults with intellectual disabilities.

"In no way will clients be affected by these pressure tactics," reassured Gilles Murphy, union representative and negotiator. "The tactics will be symbolic. We are talking about using a distinctive emblem to identify resources: armbands or sweaters, for example. We are also considering appealing to the rehabilitation centres that oversee our work: CROM and CRDI. Then, if nothing changes, we could hold one or more public demonstrations."

Gilles Murphy said that the Essential Services Council has been informed of the pressure tactics mandates adopted by secret ballot at two general meetings, held in Montreal and Quebec City. "The Council has written to us and informed us that they will monitor the developments in this file," added Murphy.

Although IR and FTR work under the West Montreal Rehabilitation Centre (CROM) and the Quebec City Rehabilitation Centre for Intellectual Disabilities (CRDI), negotiations were not held with these institutions, but, rather, directly with the Health and Social Services Ministry, which takes direction from the Treasury Board.

"The talks have been very civil," noted the union representative. "The problem is that the work has been hampered on the employer side by an inability to put their proposals in writing. Faced with this impasse, we wish to send a very clear message that we want a settlement before the end of the parliamentary session."

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents 115 IR and FTR in Montreal and 195 in Quebec City. They are supervised by the Centre de réadaptation de l'Ouest de Montréal (CROM) in Montreal, and by the Centre de réadaptation en déficience intellectuelle de Québec (CRDI) in Quebec City.

The IR and FTR ensure a living environment adapted to the needs of this particular clientele. They provide 24-hour supervision, offer basic care, facilitate integration and contribute to the social functioning of persons with intellectual disabilities. IR and FTR can be responsible for a maximum of nine residents.

CUPE represents some 20,000 members working in health and social services in Quebec. In addition to this sector, CUPE represents workers in 10 other sectors in Quebec, including education, municipalities, urban and air transport, energy, Quebec government corporations and public agencies, and communications. With nearly 110,000 members in Quebec, CUPE is the largest affiliate of the FTQ.

This press release and other information are available on our web site: scfp.qc.ca

SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FTQ)

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SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FTQ)

Information: 
Gilles Murphy, CUPE representative, mobile: 418 997-1485
or   
Robert Bellerose, CUPE Information, mobile: 514 247-9266 

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