Community Living Prince Edward too busy hiring managers to negotiate with staff
October 11 2012
Workers at Community Living Prince Edward (CLPE) will hold an
information picket on Friday, October 12, as they draw close to an October 26,
2012 strike deadline.
What: Information Picket
Where: Community Living Prince Edward Main Office, Unit 1, 67 King Street, Picton, Ontario
Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“This employer must come back to the table with a fair deal
before the strike deadline,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“These workers have been without a contract for long enough.”
“We went to the table ready to bargain,” says OPSEU Local 448
Bargaining Team Chair, Patti Markland. “The employer was unwilling to consider
any measures protecting part-time and casual staff. They ignored requests for
more reasonable shift length and distribution. In fact they wouldn’t consider
any of our proposals around scheduling at all.”
The employer has postponed their long-planned bid for
accreditation, although it has been a long and much anticipated process
requiring a lot of resources. This postponement is a clear indication that CLPE
expects further confrontations with staff, who are key to the accreditation
“We can only understand their decision to postpone
accreditation to mean that CLPE continues to be adversarial, and does not intend
to negotiate with staff,” said Markland.
Within the last two years, CLPE has promoted a supervisor to
manager, a secretary was promoted and a new one hired, and a new manager. In
addition they have posted yet another manager position as well as an accountant
position in just the past few weeks.
“How can they say they have no resources to negotiate with
staff, when they have just posted a notice to hire yet another manager? Clearly
they do not consider their front-line workers a priority,” said Markland.
Community Living Prince Edward is chronically under-staffed.
There are currently 90 full-time and 64 part-time staff to serve more than 400
There are 23,000 people living with disabilities currently on
wait lists for Community Living Ontario. Of these, 80% live at home with parents
who are 70-79 years of age.
Patti Markland, OPSEU Local 448 Bargaining Team Chair: (613) 848-6016
Tracy More, OPSEU Negotiatior: 416-443-8888 ext 8702