MEAFORD, ON, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - After working without a contract for
more than two years, unionized staff at Community Living Meaford
averted possible strike action today by ratifying a new four-year
agreement with their employer.
The members of Local 235 represented by the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union would have been in a legal strike position at midnight
today. The members voted to accept the tentative deal at a meeting July
"These workers should never have had to go more than two years without
reaching a new contract with management," said OPSEU President Warren
(Smokey) Thomas. "But their grit and perseverance paid off in the end."
CLM members will see improvements in wages and working conditions as
part of the deal which expires in 2014, with a total wage increase of
approximately 1.5 per cent. This contract also provides for retroactive
pay to April 1st of this year, to be paid out within 30 days. The agreement calls for a
lump sum educational stipend of $300 for all regular employees
(pro-rated for part-time employees), to be paid out within two weeks.
Developmental Services workers at Community Living Meaford provide
support to people with disabilities in the Meaford area.
For further information:
OPSEU Staff Representative