Personal Choice Independent Living (PCIL) workers vote to strike

OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The 25 workers at Personal Choice Independent Living in Ottawa have voted 100% in favour of a strike.

"Congratulations to the workers at PCIL on taking a strong stand," said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "OPSEU is behind them 100%."

While it has been in operation since 1975, this would be the first time that PCIL has ever seen its workers out on strike.

"These are front-line workers who take care of people who have been marginalized in our community. They are loyal and dedicated employees who have taken this action because they were pushed to the wall by their employer," said David Lundy, OPSEU Regional Vice-President. "PCIL has a healthy budget this year. Their workers deserve to receive fair wages that keep pace with the cost of living."

PCIL has recently announced that they are expanding their services to include 55 new clients. Their website is actively recruiting additional employees.

Personal Choice Independent Living has three locations in Ottawa. As a group home environment, PCIL offers 24 hour support for daily living to adults with physical life challenges.

SOURCE OPSEU

For further information:

Sonia Boudreau, OPSEU Staff Representative/ Negotiator 613-447-8631

David Lundy, OPSEU Regional Vice-President 613-213-1953


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