TORONTO, March 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Management at Fred Victor in Toronto requested a "No Board" report on March 5th, potentially locking out more than 70 OPSEU workers on Mar. 26th.
With a lockout looming OPSEU local 509 workers have announced plans to stage an information picket on Mar. 15, starting at 12:30pm, outside the facility located at 145 Queen Street East, where they will protest for positive change in their workplace.
Management is "offering" zeros for improvements to benefits and wages on a proposed four-year contract, while Fred Victor executive director Mark Aston enjoyed a wage increase of almost $19,000 in 2010, bringing his annual salary to $134,066.65 in 2010.
"Our members deserve to have a fair first contract," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "Fred Victor management is denying these people decent wages that correlate with the rising costs of living."
Fred Victor is a non-profit agency. Workers at Fred Victor provide long-lasting and positive change in the lives of the homeless and low-income people living across Toronto. A wide range of programs and services are offered that help each person find the support they need.
Workers at Fred Victor dedicate themselves to innovatively serving people who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. It is their belief that the work environment at Fred Victor should model the dignity their work affords.
For further information:
Sean Wilson, OPSEU Negotiator 1-800-268-7376
Suham Khaledi, OPSEU Local 509 President [email protected]