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Developmental Services Bargaining Bulletin #1 – September 2014

End the Crisis! Message from the Chair.

OPSEU's developmental services workers have fought hard for funding to address the crisis in our sector. 

Key bargaining demands

  • Conversion of part-time hours to full-time jobs.
  • End the wage gap. Workers should earn the same no matter where in Ontario they work. Same job, same pay.
  • All workers deserve a pension.
  • WSIB is the benefit of choice for work-related injuries and illnesses.

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Workers at Community Living Huntsville are getting ready

OPSEU Local 380 has been active in the community and workplace. And they've been stocking up on food and materials in preparation for a possible strike. 

DS Lobbying will take on new minister 

The new Minister of Community and Social Services is Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham. Former Minister Ted McMeekin was moved to Municipal Affairs and Housing after the June 2014 election. 

The sector's elected leaders look forwrad to working with the new NDP critic for community and social services, Cindy Forster (MPP-Welland) took over from Cheri DiNovo (MPP-Parkdale-High Park), who worked hard on developmental services and is now critic for LGBTQ issues. 

Appreciation Day festivities celebrate developmental services workers across Ontario

DS members marked June 18 with picnics, barbecues, family days, and other celebrations of the important, skilled, and challenging work they do. 

Postcards for Premier Kathleen Wynne: End the crisis! 

Individuals and families are in crisis. They can't wait any longer. Ask your local union rep for a postcard you can mail to the Premier.

Strong strike votes support bargaining teams

Members from several developmental services bargaining units have given their bargaining teams mandates to strike if necessary. 

Avenue II Community Program Services – Local 738 – 100 per cent 

Community Living Huronia Midland – Local 357 – 98 per cent

Community Living Thunder Bay – Local 740 – 100 per cent 

Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living – Local 473 – 100 per cent 

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Select Committee on Developmental Services final report 

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bargaining bulletin #1 – September 2014

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