Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services workers deserve a fair deal

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In a massive show of strength, Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike – with 97% voting in favour of taking strike action if needed.

They’ve sent a clear message to the employer that they’re ready to do what it takes to win a fair deal so they can continue to provide life-saving services to their community.

Ontario has a mental health and addictions crisis. Ensuring workers who are on the frontlines have everything they need to provide quality public services, is crucial to addressing this public health crisis.

These highly skilled professionals – members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 454 – are dedicated to improving the health of their community. They provide critical services including life-saving programs in response to the toxic drug epidemic, harm reduction, low barrier supports for youth and adults with substance use histories and support for their families and the family members of those with behavioural-related illnesses.

They deserve a fair contract with wages that keep up with inflation, benefits that include a defined pension plan, and safe and healthy working conditions. Unfortunately, the employer is refusing to negotiate a fair deal.

Livable wages, benefits and safe working conditions are critical to ensure the continued delivery of the specialized services these members provide. These will remain top priorities as they resume conciliation on March 26th. Their working conditions are clients’ care conditions.