Picketing People's Homes is Never the Right Thing to Do

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Recent announcements related to contract
negotiations between CUPE and Community Living Association Lanark County
compel us to identify two very important principles:

    One: A person's home should never be picketed. Individuals should not be
used as pawns nor have their well-being jeopardized during contract
negotiations simply because they receive disability-related services. In a
caring and progressive society such as ours, the validity of this principle is
unchallengeable! Community Living Ontario has consistently asserted this
principle and will continue to do so.

    Two: Checks and balances are required by government to be in place for
all publicly-funded services and programs, especially those that support
people who have a disability. These checks and balances are in place at
Community Living Association Lanark County. Suggestions that they are not are
unfounded and misleading.
    Picketing people's homes is wrong! Interference by third parties in
labour disputes is inappropriate and could be harmful. Misrepresentation of
facts is irresponsible!

    Community Living Ontario is a province-wide federation that promotes and
facilitates the full participation and inclusion of people who have an
intellectual disability. More than 12,000 people are members of Community
Living Ontario through membership in 117 affiliated local associations.
Community Living provides direct support and services to people who have an
intellectual disability, helps communities build the capacity to support
people, and advocates for social change toward the full inclusion of all
people in community.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Keith Powell, Executive
Director, (416) 709-5292

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