Media Availability - Media Advisory - Workers, parents to deliver common message on Bill 77: Do not bring home care mess to developmental services



    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Legislature's Standing
Committee on Social Policy will hear a strong message from frontline workers
and parents on August 5 when they begin public hearings on Bill 77, an act to
change developmental services in the province.
    "We will be asking for amendments in order to mandate services for adults
with a developmental disabilities and get rid of the waiting lists where
thousands of Ontarians now linger," said Sid Ryan, president of CUPE Ontario
representing about 8,000 developmental services workers.
    "Our sisters and brothers in OPSEU who also work in this sector and many
parents we have talked to in recent weeks will be taking the same message to
the hearings: don't let this government re-create the mess we've seen in home
care with competitive bidding, increased privatization and reduced service."

    Ryan will present CUPE's deputation on Bill 77 at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday,
August 5 in Committee Room 1 of the Ontario Legislative Building. Ryan,
frontline workers and parents will be available for comment following the
deputation.




For further information:

For further information: Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario, (416)
209-0066; Kathy Johnson, CUPE Social Services Coordinator, (416) 272-6698; Luc
Tittley, CUPE Communications, (416) 910-2389

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