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Tentative agreement reached at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas speaks to a large crowd of OPSEU members, many of them holding picket signs, during a rally at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton.
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Campbellford, Ontario – A tentative agreement has been reached between members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), Local 316, and Community Living Campbellford/Brighton, meaning the month-long strike may be over.

“These workers drew a line in the sand, and stood up for the entire developmental services sector by taking strike action over fairness,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “I’m so proud of them, and I’m proud of the members from all over Ontario who came out in solidarity to the rallies and the picket line. I also extend my sincerest gratitude to the community and the families my members support. They stood behind Local 316 throughout the strike, and I know my members will never forget that.”

rally_316.jpgWhile the bargaining team was at the table with the employer, Local 316 held a massive rally outside of Community Living Campbellford/Brighton. Pictured here, Local 316 vice-president Leslie Coles addresses the crowd, with OPSEU President Thomas and Region 3 Vice-President Sara Labelle to her left.

The two parties met at the bargaining table again today at 10 a.m., and were able to come to an agreement within just over an hour.

Details are not being released pending ratification. Union members will vote on the deal Sunday, April 23. Voting opens at 10 a.m., and closes at 2 p.m..

For more information: Courtney Huycke, Local 316 bargaining team member, 613-661-3260