Social Services: Child Treatment Sector

Child Treatment Sector
Group photo of members from Algoma Family Services

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...

April 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 conciliator.  more…

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 eliminated.  more…

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, 2012. more…

December 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 21. . more..

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. more...

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. more..

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. more...

October 27, 2011 Frustrated and angered by management’s indifference to contract negotiations, members of Local 145 staged a pair of information pickets Wednesday more...

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 " more...

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 more

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 management .  more...
 

Geneva Center Bargaining 2010
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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.  more...

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. more...

November 1, 2010  A one day meeting has been called for all units in the child treatment sector to set bargaining priorities. more...

Thanks to all the units that participated across the province to celebrate the work that we do. See photos and regional events more...

April 26, 2010 News of closure comes as shock to members of Local 145 more...

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. Click here 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...

On November 20 wear a blue ribbon

Why? Because on Nov. 20, 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child more... 

Emergency Roundtable

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 more...

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 more …

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. more…
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. more…
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 Youth Services more...
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 read here


Local 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  more...

April 14, 2009 Members of Local 441 in Brockville have voted to support job action including a possible walkout  more...

Conciliator sought in Wellness Centre talks

April 9, 2009 Brockville Recorder & Times OPSEU Local 441 more...

Child 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 submission.

Kids Matter Blitz 2008 

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 unacceptable

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. more...


A message from the desk of Deb Gordon, Chair of the Child Treatment Sector of OPSEU

The 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. more...


 

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 more...


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