Community Living Hamilton workers begin strike preparations, seek new health and safety, job security in contract

    HAMILTON, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Frontline staff at Community Living
Hamilton are preparing for possible job action as they try to win new health
and safety and job security provisions in their collective agreement.
    CUPE 3943, representing about 180 staff, has requested a no-board report,
beginning the countdown to a possible strike or lockout in early July.
    "Ensuring a safe environment for workers, supported individuals,
volunteers and visitors is a joint employer and union responsibility," said
Jim Beattie, CUPE 3943 president. "That means policies and procedures must be
negotiated as part of our collective agreement if we are to address these
issues effectively."
    Job security is another key issue for the developmental services workers,
who voted 93% in support of job action earlier this spring.
    "The Ministry of Community and Social Services is radically changing the
way they fund and deliver supports and services to persons with a
developmental disability," Beattie said. "There is huge potential for delivery
to shift away from community-based agencies unless we ensure that our jobs and
the work we do are protected."
    Beattie said he hopes Community Living Hamilton is planning to attend the
next scheduled mediation date, June 26, with an offer that will avert job
action. In the meantime, the union is planning an information meeting for
parents and families of supported individuals on Saturday, June 23, 11:30 a.m.
at Parkdale Arena & Recreation Centre, 1770 Main Street East (Parkdale & Main,
fully accessible with parking on site).

For further information:

For further information: Jim Beattie, President, CUPE 3943, (905)
928-0030; Gerry McDonnell, CUPE National Representative, (905) 575-5411; Pat
Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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