Workers at Kingston Community Counselling Centres say 'yes' to OPSEU

KINGSTON, ON, March 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) welcomes frontline staff at Kingston Community Counselling Centres (K3C), after the workers voted in favour of joining the public sector union this week.

This is the second time a union tried certifying workers at K3C, and OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is pleased that his union's organizing drive was successful.

"The employer in this workplace tried hard to block the workers' efforts to unionize, but in the end, and with a strong 'yes' vote, the workers won out.

"And they chose the right union. We have a long, proven track record of fighting hard for our members at the bargaining table. Because that's just what workers who do this kind of important work for communities deserve."

Amy Clements, chair of OPSEU's community agencies sector, was thrilled with the news of the union's newest members.

"I'm so happy that the workers at K3C chose OPSEU. This is an ever-expanding sector in the union, and the more members we get, the more strength we have when it comes to achieving better working conditions for everyone."

K3C is a not-for-profit agency with four offices in Kingston, Ottawa, Belleville, and Whitby. It provides a variety of services which include women's counselling, programs for male survivors, adult protective services, and youth and family counselling.

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

For further information: Warren (Smokey) Thomas, 613-329-1931


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