Strong strike mandate delivered by Developmental Service workers

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 single employer.

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 for everyone.

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 months.

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

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Len Mason 1-800-268-7376 ext 5720


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