ONTARIO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The layoff of 56 full-time staff from
Ontario's Provincial Schools will hurt the province's most vulnerable
students with disabilities and severely impact the families' rights to
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that the these students, who
are blind, deaf, deaf-blind and learning disabled deserve far better
from the Ministry of Education.
"The Ministry is moving this work to contingent part-time workers, and
away from support workers who have over 20 years' experience and who
have made significant impacts in the lives of parents and students with
disabilities," Thomas said. "The move to part-time work will cheapen
important programs that accommodate students in Ontario. Meanwhile,
full-time Social Workers, Residence Counsellors, Maintenance Workers
and Support Staff will be forced out the door."
Chris Cormier, Region 4 Vice-President, said that the government agreed
that part-time work was an issue and agreed during the latest contract
talks to discuss this problem.
"Before these talks can even occur, senior management in the Ministry is
clearing out full-time workers," Cormier said. "Premier Wynne recently
supported a study that proved part-time work is a huge problem in
Ontario and is preventing an economic recovery. Apparently the
Provincial Schools Branch disagrees and is willing to dispose of
long-time full-time workers. This will not only weaken Ontario's
ability to accommodate vulnerable students, but the economy as well."
The Union is calling on the Minister of Education to stop these cuts,
and is asking the Premier to support her own beliefs of full-time vs.
"Let's talk about building quality public education for students with
disabilities," Cormier said. "That includes full-time support services
for these students…services by dedicated people with the experience in
the schools. These students deserve no less."
For further information:
Chris Cormier 613-921-5346