October 15, 2012
More than 30 members came out for a morning
information picket at Community Living Prince Edward on Friday, October 12. Many
community members honked their support as they drove past, however management
avoided talking to members by arriving early.
"We believe management is preparing to lock out their staff,"
said OPSEU Local 448 Bargaining Team Chair, Patti Markland. "How else do you
explain the arrival of an OPP liaison officer for eastern Ontario who wanted to
discuss picket protocols and had discussions with management during our
"Management needs to realize that their failure to negotiate is
actually an attack on the vulnerable clients and families that rely on the
services provided by community living," said Markland.
Workers at Community Living Prince Edward provide services to
more than 400 people living with disabilities.