THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Workers from Community Living
Thunder Bay Local 740 and Avenue 11 Community Program Services, Local
738 voted 96 and 94 percent respectively, in favour of strike action if
the employer won't offer a fair contract.
Developmental Services workers support people with an intellectual
disability so they can live, learn and work in the community.
Developmental services in Thunder Bay are seriously under-funded but
they are not alone. Across the Province, programs are being cut and
wait lists are growing for those in need of care.
Workers are struggling with heavy workloads and difficult shifts. Many
work two jobs as they are only able to secure part-time work with any
The employer wants a claw back in benefits for full-time workers, no
benefits at all for part-time workers and most importantly, a wage-cut
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas flew to Thunder Bay this week to
address the Developmental Services workers. He reassured them the
union's 130,000 members will stand behind their Thunder Bay colleagues
throughout the bargaining process.
Failing a fair settlement, on September 24 at 12:01 a.m. over 300
Developmental Services workers will be forced off the job.
Bargaining will resume with a conciliator Sept 17 and Sept 20 for Local
740 and Sept 19 and 23 for Local 738.
Both bargaining units have been working without a contract for 17
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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Len Mason 1-800-268-7376 ext 5720