No Progress in Talks Prompts Fourth Demonstration by Kitchener Sunbeam Workers

    KITCHENER, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - CAW Local 1106 members employed at Sunbeam
Residential Development Centre in Kitchener will stage their fourth
demonstration in two and a half months outside of the main building of the
centre later today as no meaningful progress has been made in negotiations,
said CAW national representative Bill Gibson.

    CAW Local 1106 Demonstration - June 25, 2009

    Sunbeam Residential Development Centre - 3:00-5:00pm
    (Outside of the centre's main building)
    Where: 2749 Kingsway Drive
    Kitchener, Ontario

    The employer's attempt to download the administration of replacement
staff for sick days and vacation time to front line care-givers is the major
stumbling block in these negotiations, a move that would reduce the amount of
time devoted to direct patient care said CAW National Representative Bill
    "In some cases, this additional administrative work can take away as much
as three hours of hands-on care for patients each day," said Gibson. "Our
members believe this is a managerial task that should be performed by
managers, not those responsible for providing direct care."
    "We do not accept the logic that administrative costs have to be cut at
the expense of patient care," Gibson said.
    Workers at Sunbeam Residential Development Centre provide residential
care and day programming for developmentally challenged individuals with
physical and emotional impairments in the Waterloo Region.
    Negotiations have been stalled since breaking down in April after Sunbeam
management attempted to shift more administrative tasks onto the workers who
are responsible for the direct care of clients.
    The CAW represents 130 workers at Sunbeam.
    The current contract expired on March 31, 2009.

For further information:

For further information: CAW National Representative Bill Gibson, (519)
589-6390 or CAW Local 1106 President Bill McLachlan, (519) 585-3160

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