ELGIN, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - OPSEU developmental service workers at
Community Living Elgin are holding an information "Block Walk" on
Thursday, April 21. The walk highlights the need for immediate funding
to avoid long-term service cuts and increased waitlists.
Thursday, April 21
Elgin City Hall
This is one of 12 "Block Walks" being held outside of workplaces across
Ontario from April 15 to April 22.
This past year the Ministry of Labour undertook an initiative to
facilitate discussions between the Ministry of Community and Social
Services (COMSOC), employers and unions to stabilize and strengthen
this vital sector. Unfortunately talks broke off in March due to lack
of sustainable funding.
The provincial waitlist for residential supports has risen to more than
12,000. There are currently 16,000 people with a developmental
disability who receive residential supports across Ontario.
"This province must ensure that all developmentally delayed people in
our communities receive the quality services they deserve," said OPSEU
President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "These are particularly vulnerable
people who depend on the experienced and qualified staff in the
Developmental Services Sector."
The unions and employers have some real concerns that COMSOC's current
funding mandate is unrealistic in maintaining the current level of
service the sector delivers.
OPSEU has launched a new campaign website, http://www.developmentalservices.org which features the "block walks" and also includes a letter-writing
campaign. OPSEU members and their allies are sending letters demanding
funding for developmental services to Ministers Dwight Duncan and
There are more than 8,000 OPSEU members working in developmental
For further information:
Steven Abdey (519) 494-8276