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Children’s Aid Societies mark “Violence Awareness Week”

February 26, 2007

OPSEU is fighting back against violence in the workplace with a week of activities to increase public awareness of this key health and safety issue.

Every day, about 2,500 OPSEU members working in Children’s Aid Societies are at risk of being the victims of violence in the workplace. This week, CAS workers across the province mark Violence Awareness Week. 

On Feb. 26, Ontario CAS agencies will receive a letter from OPSEU President Leah Casselman, urging them as employers to address the issue of workplace violence.

“We hope this concerted, co-operative effort to examine, discuss and improve workplace violence prevention strategies will make all CAS workplaces safer for child welfare workers performing this important job in Ontario,” Casselman said.

“During Violence Awareness Week OPSEU members will be putting workplace violence on Joint Health and Safety Committee agendas all over Ontario. We intend to discuss this issue and work with our employers to develop better prevention strategies,” said Rick Pybus, provincial chair for OPSEU’s CAS sector.

Child welfare workers make difficult decisions affecting families and children. As well as acting in an enforcement capacity, they face other risk factors, such as working alone in the community, working irregular hours, and working with clients that face many difficult challenges.

For further information contact: 

Rick Pybus, CAS Executive Chair,
Luisa Quarta, Campaigns Officer, (416) 443-8888 ext. 8207



Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 100 Lesmill Rd. Toronto, ON M3B 3P8  (416) 443-8888     


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