Child Treatment Sector
November 18, 2013 OPSEU is proud to welcome the 107 staff of
Algoma Family Services, a provider of specialized child and youth mental health
services in Algoma District. more...
August 9, 2012 After going two years without a contract more than 120 workers at Craigwood Youth Services in London are prepared to take job
action before the end of August. more...
May 29, 2012 With a tentative agreement in place, the bargaining team representing Local 262 workers at Lynwood Charlton Centre in
Hamilton are recommending approval at a ratification vote on May 31. more...
May 15, 2012 Employers that don’t negotiate their own collective agreements
could save money and do more for workers if they would learn how to bargain,
says OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas. more...
May 15, 2012 Spirits were high despite soggy, cool weather at this community
barbeque held to support youth and staff at Huron House Boys’ Home in Bright’s
Grove near Sarnia. more...
May 8, 2012 Community leaders and families will join
residents and workers from Huron House Boys’ Home for an event tomorrow in
Bright’s Grove, just outside Sarnia. The HHBH Frontline Staff & Youth BBQ is in
support of staff and youth. more...
26, 2012 Unable to reach a new collective agreement with Kinark Child and
Family Services despite six months of trying, Local 355 will head back to the
bargaining table on Monday, April 30 with the help of a Ministry of Labour
April 5, 2012 Pathstone Mental Health, a
not-for-profit agency, has three managers on the recently released Ontario
“Sunshine List” including Chief Executive Officer Ellis Katsof. Meanwhile jobs
in this agency that provide critical services to the community have been
March 29, 2012 Members of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU) local 355 have filed for conciliation because management
maintains that the province’s wage freeze applies to workers at Kinark Child and
Family Services more…
March 21, 2012 A tentative three-year settlement was
overwhelmingly ratified by the members of OPSEU Local 702, Firefly, on March 8,
7, 2011 Momentum is building with the members of Local 666. The employer,
Sudbury Child and Family Centre appears not to be interested in its clients or
negotiating a contract with its workers. They have been on strike since November
December 5, 2011 The membership of OPSEU Local 666 is currently on strike in a labour dispute with the Sudbury Child and Family Centre (CFC).
CFC has offices in Chapleau, Little Current, Espanola and Greater Sudbury, and provides mental health services to over 2,300 children, teens and families. We work individually with children and families and in partnership with schools, pediatricians, family doctors, child psychiatrists, Children’s Aid, the courts, and many other community services.
November 30, 2011 Effective 2012, it is law for all members of a Regulated Health Profession to carry Professional Liability Insurance. OPSEU has, in consultation with CG&B Insurance Group, arranged for our affected members an opportunity to get insurance at a discounted rate.
November 22, 2011
An unwillingness by the employer to negotiate a contract has triggered a strike
by more than 80 child mental health treatment workers in Sudbury, Espanola,
Chapleau and Manitoulin more...
November 18, 2011 With a Nov. 21 strike deadline quickly
approaching, children’s mental health workers in Sudbury and area represented by
OPSEU Local 666 held a rally on November 17 to back their demands for job
security, improved hours of work, better recognition rights and improved wages.
October 27, 2011 Frustrated and angered by management’s
indifference to contract negotiations, members of Local 145 staged a pair of
information pickets Wednesday
May 5, 2011
Members of OPSEU Local 145 St. Clair Child and Youth Services held a rally with
partners of the Ontario Action Network on May
5 at City Hall. Also, link to Observer article "MENTAL HEALTH:
Rally raises awareness for local youth "
May 3, 2011 OPSEU Child and Youth Treatment workers are
asking communities to “Take a Stand” with youth, parents and families during
Children’s Mental Health week. The Ontario Action Network for Child and
Youth Mental Health is a provincial coalition of youth, parents, service
providers, unions and other partners committed to ending the crisis in child and
youth mental health. more...
Local 214 heads to conciliation
April 20, 2011 -- The bargaining team
representing OPSEU workers at Pathstone Mental Health has applied for
conciliation after contract talks go nowhere
March 11, 2011
On Thursday March 10, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas signed his name to
pledge to “Take a Stand” in support of the Ontario Action Network for Child and
Youth Mental Health. more...
January 25, 2011 On the eve of a pricey re-branding
of the agency, OPSEU Local 214 has fled a charge of bad faith bargaining against
Center Bargaining 2010.
For complete bargaining information click here
November 18, 2010 Workers in children’s services
across Ontario will wear Blue Ribbons on Nov. 19 to sound the alarm over the
crisis in government underfunding. more...
November 12, 2010 OPSEU recently called upon the
provincial government to ensure timely access to mental health and youth
services following a series of suicides in the Sarnia community. OPSEU joined
community members in calling for change following statistics showing
higher-than-normal suicide deaths this year at a November 10 press conference in
Sarna. Fourteen youths have taken their lives in that community.
November 9, 2010 OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas,
will be holding a press conference at St. Clair Child and Youth Services to
address the crisis in children’s mental health funding.
November 1, 2010 A one day meeting has been called
for all units in the child treatment sector to set bargaining priorities.
Thanks to all the units that participated across the province to celebrate the work that we do. See photos and regional events
2010 News of closure comes as shock to members of Local 145
Child Treatment Sector makes pre-budget submission
February 10, 2010 OPSEU’s Child Treatment Sector has
made a submission to the Ministry of Finance ahead of the Ontario budget.
to read the submission.
Advocating for Workers
who Support Children and Families
December 2, 2009 Submission to the Select Committee on
Mental Health and Addictions.more...
November 20 wear a blue ribbon
Why? Because on Nov. 20, 1989, the United Nations
adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child
October 26, 2009 Sector leaders from Children’s Aid
Societies and Child Treatment met on October 21 to strategize around the
funding crisis in children and youth services
In Memory of Jamie Hamilton
September 28, 2009 It is with great sadness
that we announce the loss of our OPSEU brother, Jamie Hamilton, who passed away
at home in Parkhill, Ontario on September 18th, 2009
Join the ‘Kids Matter’ Campaign!
“Lack of funding fails children who need it most”
July 6, 2009 Kingston This Week article focuses
on why the government continually fails to fund
children’s mental health agencies both in Kingston
and across the province.
May 29, 2009 Kids Matter Campaign raised at
Queen’s Park The ongoing funding crisis in
children’s mental health is raised in the provincial
legislature by NDP MPP France Gélinas.
May 11, 2009 Members of Local 145 representing
OPSEU members at St Clair Child and Youth Services
in Sarnia and Lambton County
marked Kids Matter week. See photos in
column to your right.
May 7, 2009 Send an e-mail to Premier Dalton
McGuinty and Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and
May 7, 2009 In an opinion essay sent to 16 daily
newspapers in Ontario, OPSEU president Warren
(Smokey) Thomas calls on Queen’s Park to pledge full
funding for children’s mental health services
441 authorizes job action
April 16, 2009 OPSEU
Members of Local 441 from CAS and Developmental Services
units joined their brother and sisters with Child and
Youth Wellness Center for a solidarity walk at lunch.
Talks broke down when the employer left the bargaining
table on March 31, 2009. Members voted overwhelmingly
in favour and gave their bargaining team the authority
to take job action, including a walkout, in their
contract negotiations with the Child and Youth Wellness
Centre. click here for photos of the walk
April 14, 2009
Members of Local 441 in Brockville have voted to support
job action including a possible walkout
Conciliator sought in Wellness Centre talks
April 9, 2009 Brockville Recorder & Times OPSEU Local 441
Treatment Sector makes pre-budget submission
February 9, 2009 OPSEU’s
Child Treatment Sector has made a submission to the Ministry
of Finance ahead of the Ontario budget.
Click here to read
June 18, 2008 Local 460 decided to
celebrate Children’s Mental Health Day May 6, 2008 with an
information blitz in Frontenac and Lennox and Addington
counties. Our goals were to mobilize our members as lobbyists
for all children in Ontario to receive equal rights to quality
mental health services regardless of diagnosis, to inform the
community who we are and the services we deliver to families,
and to ask our communities to be champions for children’s rights
to mental health services.
View the slideshoww
Zero increase for children’s mental health
April 1, 2008 OPSEU says the Liberal
government can’t create better lives for Ontario’s kids without at least
providing cost-of-living increases to children’s social service agencies in this
year’s Budget. more...
Sector’s submission to the Pre-Budget Consultation
February 11, 2008 As part of its preparation for the Spring 2008 budget,
the provincial government asked for submissions from the public.
A message from the desk of Deb Gordon,
Chair of the Child Treatment Sector of OPSEU
upcoming provincial election could play an important role in funding for
Children’s Mental Health Services
As you probably know the provincial election is scheduled
for October 10. This provides us with a great opportunity to educate the
politicians about the important need for increased core funding for
children’s mental health services so we can better meet the needs of our
clients and attend to the many who are stuck on waiting lists.
Sept. 10, 2007 Provincial politicians and more than
200 community residents turn out to a Town Hall in Kingston to
highlight the important need for increased children’s mental health services