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Public service workers take message to public: people with disabilities need suppport, not cuts

(BELLEVILLE) – Staff with the Ontario Disability Support Program are speaking out against downloading ODSP from the province to municipalities. They are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and are holding public events before work or during their lunch hours.

What: Distribution of flyers
When: Wednesday, May 23
What time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: 199 Dundas St., E., Belleville

The union is concerned that a provincial Commission examining social assistance will recommend combining ODSP with Ontario Works in its final report expected in June. This will lead to inconsistent delivery across the province with clients getting more or less help depending on where they live, according to the union.

“ODSP is about a lot more than simply income support,” says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “Our members advise and counsel clients to help them achieve their potential and participate in the community and workforce. They celebrate a lot of successes with their clients.” It’s premature and counterproductive to take the system in an entirely new direction before a recent customer service overhaul is fully implemented and evaluated, says Thomas. The overhaul was designed to end delays and provide long-term, seamless support to clients.

More information:

Pam Smith, President,
OPSEU Local 455