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President Leah Casselman meets members of
OPSEU Local 304 (York Region CAS)

OPSEU President Leah Casselman met with members of Local 304 in Newmarket March 6, urging them to continue to support their local executive and negotiating team in efforts to pressure management to address the crisis at the York Region Children’s Aid Society

York was one of four agencies audited by the provincial Auditor General in 2006. The local conducted a workplace survey in January to highlight a workload and retention crisis that has been aggravated by new paperwork demands.

“What strikes me most about your survey are the feelings of workers who are struggling to cope,” she said. “You are not alone. We know that this struggle spans across many Children’s Aid Societies. The minister, Mary-Anne Chambers, should be concerned about a potentially dangerous situation for children when there are not enough workers to meet the needs of child protection.”

 “Workers can’t keep up with increasing paperwork and caseloads consistently above ministry thresholds” says Lisa Maynard, president of Local 304. “We are worried that if this situation is not addressed, something will happen to a child waiting for services.”

President Casselman will be sending a letter to Chambers demanding immediate action.

OPSEU Local 304 begins bargaining on March 22, 2007.

Messages of solidarity can be sent to:  yorklocal304@hotmail.com
 

President Casselman meets with Erin Kinsley, Vice-President (l) and Lisa Maynard, President of local 304.

Caption: President Casselman meets with Erin Kinsley,
Vice-President (l) and Lisa Maynard, President of local 304.

 

   

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