Disappointed and demoralized by the continued attack on poor people caused by problems with the SAMS program for providing social assistance payments, ODSP workers will be staging noon hour rallies outside their local offices in 30 communities across Ontario on Feb. 12.
The rallies will provide an opportunity for ODSP frontline workers and support staff, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, to share with the public the on-going problems affecting the SAMS program. The dysfunction of the program is exacting a heavy toll on both recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Plan and our members who administer the payment of social assistance across the province.
The rallies will also demonstrate OPSEU’s support on behalf of disadvantaged people who have become victims of the SAMS breakdown. The work OPSEU performs on behalf of marginalized communities rests at the heart of its lawsuit and injunction seeking a Court order to suspend the SAMS program from use until it can provide reliable, timely and accurate benefits to those in need.
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is scheduled to speak at 12 noon, Feb. 12, at the rally planned for 385 Yonge Street in Toronto.
Media elsewhere in Ontario are invited to attend rallies outside their local ODSP office.
ODSP rallies planned for 30 communities in Ontario Feb. 12
Noon – 1 p.m. at the following locations:
385 Yonge St.
770 Birchmount Rd.
47 Sheppard Ave., E.
1870 Wilson Ave
Warren (Smokey) Thomas