TRENTON, ON, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Workers at Community Living Quinte
West (CLQW) are headed for conciliation with their employer on July 11.
Contract negotiations at CLQW have stalled after the employer refused
to offer a fair contract.
CLQW has recently hired a new non-union assistant to the Executive
Assistant to the Executive Director. This decision flies in the face
of claims that there are insufficient funds to bargain a fair contract
with staff. Workers at CLQW have received no pay increase since 2009.
A high ratio of management to frontline staff is an ongoing frustration
for frontline workers. The President of OPSEU has requested a meeting
with CLQW Executive Director, Starr Olson.
"I want to discuss the top-heavy management structure at this
organization, and the impact that has had on negotiations," said Warren
(Smokey) Thomas. "I hope I'll hear back from her shortly."
"Management at CLQW is almost one to one! That is simply not the best
way to maximize resources," said Local President Cathy Suijker.
Workers at CLQW sent a letter to the Board of Directors expressing their
concerns. Focusing on the expensive problem of top-heavy management,
the letter questions how CLQW can justify the number of managers on
"This drain on our agency's funding takes away from the precious
resources needed to provide quality care in our community," said
Suijker. "Unfortunately the response we received from the Board of
Directors did not address our concerns. Their letter to us is very
Workers held a Solidarity Picnic on June 15, 2012, which was attended by
OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas as well as OPSEU Regional Board
Members. The event was well- attended, including a strong show of
support for the front-line staff and the important work they do serving
vulnerable members of their community..
There are 13 full-time employees at CLQW as well as six regular
part-time staff and a number of casual workers. CLQW workers work with
adults who have developmental disabilities. They provide services at
three residential settings and also run day programs, which serve large
numbers of community members.
For further information:
Chris Cormier, OPSEU Regional Board Member (c) 613-921-5346
Cathy Suijker, OPSEU Local 403 Steward and Bargaining Team Chair (c) 613-743-2423