OPSEU calls on Participation Lodge to revise its hard-line stance as bargaining resumes Sunday
November 9, 2012
Ontario Public Service Employees Union negotiators are
calling on Participation Lodge to soften its hard-line stance and help
resolve a strike about to enter its eighth week.
OPSEU’s bargaining team has been called back to the table
for Sunday, November 11. But they fear this might turn out to be an exercise
in futility if the employer has nothing new to offer.
“We are ready to bargain but that means there must be some
movement from this employer,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“They cannot simply present the same offer that was rejected by 91 per cent
of the membership on two separate occasions.”
OPSEU also says many of the employer’s recent statements to
the media are misleading. “This employer wants to bargain in the media. We
want to bargain at the table,” said Thomas.
The union remains optimistic about Sunday’s talks, but is
concerned that vulnerable people and their families are not receiving the
quality services and care that they depend on while the strike continues.
“OPSEU members just want to get back to work serving their
community, but need to see an improved offer before they can settle this
Paul Johnstone, OPSEU Negotiator 519-375-5946
David Cox, OPSEU Staff Representative 1-800-268-7376 x 5262
What can you do to help?
Support a picket line
There are picket lines at all three Participation Lodge locations: Holland
Centre and St. Francis Place in Owen Sound and Lutheran Manor in Hanover. All
support at these picket lines is greatly appreciated!
Call or email Elaine Kerr, Executive Director of
Elain Kerr's number is 519-794-3201 x224
If she happens not to be at her desk, dial
extension 555 for the phone to ring throughout the facility. Someone should pick
Please also contact Bonnie Seeley, President, Board of Directors at
You can also send Elaine Kerr an email at one, or both, of the following email
addresses. Let her know that you support her staff, and that it is time to get
back to the table!