Worker-led summer camp opens tomorrow, August 22 - Central Neighbourhood House management said no, but workers said yes

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at downtown Toronto agency
Central Neighbourhood House (CNH) are opening their own kids' summer camp
tomorrow, Wednesday, August 22, after their employer sent families scrambling
by cancelling the last two weeks of camp programming.
    CNH gave just one day's notice last Thursday, August 16, that it would be
shutting down its camp the following day. Management claimed they did not have
enough staff, a claim challenged by the union representing workers there, the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4308.
    "We have come together to organize the RESPECT Summer Day Camp so that no
parent or child in our community goes without the support, fun and learning
that are provided at a summer day camp," said Kelly O'Sullivan, President of
CUPE 4308. "We tried to work with management to solve the problem, but didn't
get a response, so we decided to do it on our own."
    O'Sullivan expressed her gratitude to the Ryerson University's student
union for providing the space for the camp for the next two weeks. She also
noted that summer camp counsellors will be volunteering their labour to make
it happen. The RESPECT Summer Day Camp will be open from Wednesday, August 22
to Friday, August 31, and will offer a range of programs and activities,
including arts and crafts, museum trips and swimming.
    "We care about the children we work with - that is why we do the work we
do and why we come back each summer," said Bianca Brideau, a camp counsellor.
"This is the third summer of working with kids in camp for me and other staff,
and our commitment is solid. Hopefully, management will be similarly inspired
next year."

For further information:

For further information: Kelly O'Sullivan, President, CUPE 4308, (416)
529-9600 (Cell); David Robbins, CUPE Communications, (613) 878-1431 (Cell)

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