The people who provide developmental services will be rallying in communities across the province tomorrow, pressuring community agencies and the provincial government to address the inadequate funding and precarious working conditions that put the entire system at risk.
“The government knows the developmental services system needs a massive overhaul, but it is refusing to act,” said Erin Smith-Rice, a developmental services worker in Thunder Bay and the chair of OPSEU’s Developmental Services Division. “And the longer they take, the longer wait lists become.”
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says front-line developmental service workers aren’t going to stand for more inaction.
“This is a full-fledged crisis, and it can’t be swept under the rug any longer,” said Thomas. “So we’re taking the message to the public: it’s time to raise the bar for the people who provide developmental services, and for the people who depend on them.”
The rallies will be taking place on Friday, April 6, in: