Developmental Services workers to picket Dwight Duncan’s
May 27, 2011 – Windsor OPSEU Developmental
Services workers will be holding an information picket at
Minister of Finance, Dwight Duncan’s constituency office on
Saturday, May 28. The picket highlights the need for
immediate funding to avoid long-term service cuts and
WHAT: Information picket
DATE: Saturday, May 28, 2011
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Constituency office of MPP Dwight
2825 Lauzon Pkwy.
Central Bargaining talks have broken off at
the Developmental Services Provincial Discussion Table.
These were to have resulted in a first time ever centrally
negotiated agreement in Developmental Services. A key
stumbling block is the lack of adequate sector funding
offered by the Ministry of Finance.
“We want to get back to the table,” said
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “The Ministry of
Finance needs to give the Ministry of Community and Social
Services a funding mandate that can properly maintain
developmental services in our communities.”
The developmental services sector is
approaching a crisis. Waiting lists continue to grow, while
sector jobs are predominantly part-time. These jobs are
characterized by low wages and lack of benefits and
pensions, and are most often held by women.
“We are committed to the work we do,” said
local President, Deb Morphew. ” We would like to avoid
disruption to people who receive supports, but are willing
to do what it takes to get the much needed funding for the
There are more than 8,000 OPSEU members
working in developmental services.
For more information:
Deb Morphew, Local
President (519) 671-2121
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications (416) 557-7936