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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.  more...

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. more...  

March 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. more...

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. more...

 

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...

February 3, 2012 Developmental Services workers from OPSEU Local 358 at Community Living Peterborough ratified a new four-year agreement on Monday, January 30. more...

 

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  more...

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. more...

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. more...

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 more...

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.. more..

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. more..

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. more..

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. more..

December 12, 2011 Workers at Community Living Wallaceburg are hoping today’s information picket gains them some public support. more..

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.. more..

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.   Download the PDF...

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.  more...

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!  Download the update...

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 funding. more...

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.   more...

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.   more...

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.  more...

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. more...

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. more...

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.  more...   

June 30, 2011 Join the information picket closest to you on July 5th and call for respect for Developmental Services workers and workplaces.  more...   

May 31, 2011  OPSEU Developmental Services workers and their supporters came together for an information picket on Saturday, May 28  more...  

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.  more...

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 http://www.opseu.org/bps/development/2011/be-heard.htm

Your central bargaining team,

Sue Walker
Chair, Developmental Services
Executive Committee
L. 249 , Central West Specialized
Developmental Services Oakville

Silvana Cacciatore-Roy,
Vice-Chair (2B), Developmental
Services Executive Committee
L. 738, Avenue II Community Program Services,
Thunder Bay

Karen McKinnon
L. 358, Peterborough Community Living


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