Participation Lodge workers to picket Ministry and LHIN

October 23 2012 

Workers from Participation Lodge in Owen Sound are taking a trip to London Ontario on Wednesday, October 24. They will hold a picket outside the offices of the Ministry of Community and Social Services followed by a second picket at the South West LHIN.

They will deliver a letter from OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas directly to Michael Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of the South West LHIN. A strike at Participation Lodge has been ongoing for a month.

DATE:     Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WHERE:   Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, 17 York Street, London Ontario

12 noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: South West LHIN, 200 Queen’s Avenue, London Ontario

TIME:   1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“The frontline workers at Participation Lodge are frustrated by funds being misdirected away from the people in their care and would like to see greater accountability,” writes Thomas in his letter addressed to LHIN CEO Michael Barrett.
“We ask that the LHIN conduct a financial audit to protect clients with physical and developmental disabilities who depend on these services to live independently and with dignity in the community,” said Thomas.

The letter is copied to the Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Hon. John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services; Elaine Kerr, Executive Director, Participation Lodge; Bonnie Seeley, President, Board of Directors, Participation Lodge; and Jeff Low, Chair, South West LHIN.
OPSEU represents 50 members who work at Participation Lodge in Owen Sound. Workers provide supports to people with physical and developmental disabilities both in residential settings and in the community.




What can you do to help?

Support a picket line
There are picket lines at all three Participation Lodge locations: Holland Centre and St. Francis Place in Owen Sound and Lutheran Manor in Hanover. All support at these picket lines is greatly appreciated!    

Call or email Elaine Kerr, Executive Director of Participation Lodge.  
Elain Kerr's number is 519-794-3201 x224
If she happens not to be at her desk, dial extension 555 for the phone to ring throughout the facility. Someone should pick up...
You can also send Elaine Kerr an email at one, or both, of the following email addresses. Let her know that you support her staff, and that it is time to get back to the table!

Please also call Bob Richardson, President, Board of Directors, at (519)422-3849

Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 100 Lesmill Rd. Toronto, ON M3B 3P8  (416) 443-8888

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