May 10, 2012 OPSEU Local 511 at Surrey Place Centre
reached a tentative agreement with their employer on Friday, May 4. The
bargaining team is recommending acceptance of the Memorandum of Settlement.
April 17, 2012 Late in the evening of April 16, Reena
employers and staff reached a tentative agreement during mediation. A
ratification vote is thus being held tomorrow, just days prior to an April 24
strike deadline. more…
April 13, 2012 Developmental services staff at Reena are
facing mediation and a potential strike after requesting a no board report on
April 7th. more…
March 20, 2012
Workers at Elmira District Community Living have rejected the employer's final offer, and are asking the community to support them at an information picket on
Thursday, March 8 at 4 p.m. more…
March 7, 2012
Workers at Elmira District Community Living have rejected the employer's final
offer, and are asking the community to support them at an information picket on Thursday, March 8 at 4 p.m. more…
March 6, 2012 The Ministry of Community and Social
Services has advised Ontario’s developmental services agencies that it is committed to funding educational stipends for workers.
Agencies use educational stipends to reduce developmental services contract value.
2, 2012 More than 30 workers, family members and supporters came out for an
upbeat rally in front of Community Living Tillsonburg Head Office on Tuesday,
February 28, calling for critical developmental services funding.
February 15, 2012 Members of OPSEU Local
253 have voted to endorse their demands at the bargaining table by providing
their bargaining team with an 82 per cent strike mandate.
February 15, 2012 Despite a seven week strike in 2007 and
recent lay-off announcements in neighboring communities, an overwhelming
majority of Middlesex Community Living workers voted in favour of a strike on
Monday, February 13. more...
3, 2012 Developmental Services workers from OPSEU Local 358 at Community
Living Peterborough ratified a new four-year agreement on Monday, January 30.
January 19, 2012 Developmental Services workers from Community Living London are holding an information picket at the office of John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services on Friday, January 20
January 10, 2012 Developmental services workers at Reena have shown strong support for their bargaining
team with a 93.2% vote in favour of taking strike action if the employer fails to bring a fair offer to the table.
January 9, 2012 Developmental services workers at Community Living London are
holding an information picket on Tuesday morning outside the Ministry of Community and Social Services to protest layoffs
of seven staff.
December 22, 2011 OPSEU Local 380 at Community Living
Huntsville (CLH) has reached a tentative agreement, narrowly avoiding a strike
deadline of 12:01 a.m. on December 22
December 20, 2011 OPSEU Local 5102 developmental services
workers at Surex Community Services have reached a tentative agreement just over
a day before a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m., December 22..
December 20, 2011 OPSEU Local 5102 developmental services
workers at Surex Community Services are holding a rally on December 21 as a
strike deadline of 21:01 am, December 22, approaches.
December 16, 2011 Developmental Services workers from
OPSEU Local 573 at Muki Baum Association for the Rehabilitation of the
Multi-handicapped have reached a tentative agreement with their employer.
December 14, 2011 OPSEU Local 380 at Community Living
Huntsville (CLH) will hold an information session at the Huntsville Place Mall
on December 17, 2011 as a strike deadline approaches.
December 12, 2011 Workers at Community Living Wallaceburg
are hoping today’s information picket gains them some public support.
December 13, 2011 Workers from Montage Support Services
Local 597 voted 100 percent in favour of strike action if the employer refuses
to offer a fair contract at the bargaining table..
November 29, 2011 Pattern Bargaining Newsletter:
Thousands of developmental services workers across Ontario will be recognized
for the important work that they do in our communities on January 19, 2012.
October 28, 2011 Community Living Huronia workers in
Midland voted 92% in favour of a strike on Monday, November 7. Conciliation is
scheduled for December 5, 2011.
October 17, 2011 Pattern Bargaining Update:
Now is the time for developmental services workers across the province to
bargain agreements that put an end to high job turnover, that recognize the
rights of part-time workers, and defend decent jobs for all. Send a clear signal
and let the employer know that you expect no less than the pattern deal!
September 30, 2011 OPSEU Developmental Services
workers at Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) are holding an
information picket on Monday, October 3 in a last-minute bid for critical sector
September 30, 2011 More than 30 OPSEU Developmental
Services workers and their supporters held a demonstration at the Ottawa
campaign office of Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services
on Friday, September 23.
September 24, 2011 More than four hundred
Developmental Services workers in Thunder Bay reached a last-minute settlement
in negotiations with Community Living Thunder Bay (CLTB) and Avenue ll Community
Program Services on Friday evening, narrowly averting a 12:01 a.m. strike
deadline on Sunday, September 25.
September 21 2011 OPSEU Developmental Services
workers are holding an information picket outside the Ottawa campaign office of
Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services at 10 a.m. on
Friday, September 23.
August 8, 2011 Central Bargaining News -
8,000 Developmental Services workers across the province will be considering who
will be the best defenders of good jobs and services in this sector when they
vote on October 6. more...
August 2, 2011 Central Bargaining News -
Ontario Ministry for Community and Social Services findings back up the World
Health Organization report.
July 25, 2011 Central Bargaining News -
Ontario’s Developmental Services sector serves many of the most vulnerable in
the province. These people deserve continuity of care. Working people are also
part of our community. They deserve decent jobs: full-time, permanent jobs that
allow them to build a good future for their families.
July 18, 2011 Central Bargaining News - A
newsletter for OPSEU members working in Developmental Services, July 18 2011:
Wear the wristband: It says you care about Developmental Services.
June 30, 2011 Join the information picket closest to you
on July 5th and call for respect for Developmental Services workers and
May 31, 2011 OPSEU Developmental Services workers and their supporters
came together for an information picket on Saturday, May 28
May 27, 2011 Windsor OPSEU Developmental Services
workers will be holding an information picket at Minister of Finance, Dwight
Duncan’s constituency office on Saturday, May 28. The picket highlights the need
for immediate funding to avoid long-term service cuts and increased waitlists.
Provincial Discussion Table talks resume
April 27, 2011 The developmental services
central bargaining team met with representatives from the
Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Community and Social
Services, employer groups and CUPE on Tuesday, April 26.
Discussions continued for 20 hours and were of a positive
nature, however the team was not able to reach an agreement in
the time allotted. With a view to making sure this new process
achieves its full potential, new days have been scheduled for
the Developmental Services Provincial Discussion Table (DSPDT)
the first week of May.
We would like to thank all of our members for their great
ongoing contribution to the developmental services campaign. We
continue to receive great media coverage and member
participation with block walks held by 11 locals in a show of
solidarity across the province.
If you haven’t already done so, please send your
letter to Dwight Duncan demanding investment in this sector to
prevent future cuts to services. Send a letter now
Your central bargaining team,
Chair, Developmental Services
L. 249 , Central West Specialized
Developmental Services Oakville
Vice-Chair (2B), Developmental
Services Executive Committee
L. 738, Avenue II Community Program Services,
L. 358, Peterborough Community Living