Over 50 people rallied today in Alliston, Ontario to send a message to Community Living Association for South Simcoe (CLASS) Executive Director, Andrew Walker, to protect the safety of Developmental Service workers at CLASS and reverse his unfair firing of three workers who raised Health and Safety issues.
Participants included workers, community members, and allies who gathered together at the office of Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson to show their support for the fired union leaders and demand immediate action from CLASS management.
Staff at CLASS have faced an increase in physical and verbal assaults in recent months. Although originating from a small percentage of total residents, CLASS facilities are not designed or equipped to accommodate individuals with a history of violence or substance use, resulting in concussions, stitches, broken bones, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The union has been calling for CLASS Executive Director, Andrew Walker, to address the health and safety crisis. Instead of addressing the concerns, Walker fired the union leadership.
CLASS receives funding from the Ministry of Children and Social Services (MCCSS) to support individuals with developmental disabilities. The workers at CLASS assist clients in their daily living activities and support them in participating in the community, through social and community activities, employment and volunteer opportunities, and the like, to enhance independence and increase quality of life.