ONTARIO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Today marks the fifth annual Developmental
Services: Worker Appreciation Day. Communities across Ontario are
celebrating the important work of people who care for and support
individuals with developmental disabilities.
This year marks an achievement that has been 20 years in the making.
Unions, employers and government are pursuing talks to arrive at a
provincial process to bargain improvements to working conditions for
developmental service workers.
"Workers have been waiting for years to hear that the province is
serious about making developmental service work a career choice in
Ontario," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of OPSEU. "What
better time to recognize the potential to promote decent jobs and
quality services than on this day."
The majority of workers in developmental services are women, most of
whom work part-time. Many still do not have pensions or benefits.
Developmental services workers in community-based agencies provide
professional care to people with developmental disabilities through
programs designed to enrich their lives in every way possible. The work
they do is varied, providing life skills and other training; support
with basic personal tasks; and administering medications. Developmental
services workers provide support to individuals in community residences
and in their own homes.
For further information:
on this issue and the local events, please contact:
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications, 1-800-268-7376 ext. 8714