TORONTO, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - A large majority of workers at Community
Living Meaford (CLM) have voted in favour of a strike should that
action become necessary. A strike vote was taken after talks stalled at
conciliation on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
The employer refused to consider a new contract based on the pattern
that has been set in the rest of Ontario. Workers have been without a
contract since March 31, 2010.
"There is no good reason for conciliation to have broken down," said
OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "These workers have waited a
long time for a new contract, and deserve fairness. They have their
union's full support as they deal with this difficult employer."
Deb Farrar, OPSEU Local President at CLM said: "Workers at Community
Living Meaford are simply asking that the employer value our work and
the importance of our contribution to the community. We are dedicated
to serving the needs of the people and families we support, and are
only asking for respect and fairness."
"Our members have given a strong message that they will do what it takes
to support our bargaining team and reach a resolution to this
negotiating impasse," said Farrar.
"It is very frustrating that our employer refuses to acknowledge the
established province-wide pattern for developmental services workers
contracts," added Farrar. "We believe that workers at Meaford are worth
as much as others providing the same services to their communities."
Developmental Services workers at Community Living Meaford provide
support to people with disabilities in the Meaford area.
For further information:
Deb Farrar, OPSEU Local President at CLM: 519-599 2351
Lynne Easter-Froats, OPSEU staff negotiator: 519-657-8312