Kick off to bargaining begins
This week, OPSEU Developmental Services Workers (DSWs) spoke out, wore blue, and delivered turnovers to call attention to the lack of funding in the Developmental Services (DS) Sector and to kick off bargaining for over 50 agencies.
Silvana Cacciatore-Roy, DS Vice-Chair, and frontline DSW made a presentation at the DS Select Committee Hearing in Thunder Bay, January 14. The select committee, which includes MPPs from all three Ontario parties, is examining ways to fix the current crisis for people who have intellectual disabilities. Ontario families are stressed and pushed to the limit waiting for access to services. The Select Committee's interim report is due in late February.
The same day, DSWs delivered turnovers to their MPP's office. The pastry was a symbol of the high turnover in frontline staff due to low wages and precarious employment.
DSW's and their supporters across the province dressed in blue to highlight and support the Notice to Bargain on January 15.
Check out the week's activities in the photo galleries: Select committee, Wear blue Wednesday, Turnover Tuesday.