OPSEU President rallies supporters at Participation Lodge picket

November 2, 2012

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas joined workers and supporters for a solidarity rally at Participation Lodge in Hanover on October 31.
In a show of spirit that has characterized the solidarity on the line from day one, some wore their Halloween costumes to the event. Strong community support for the workers was evident as passing cars honked. Some sang along as union songs blasted. A number of OPSEU members from other units came out to the rally. Everyone was particularly touched by the attendance of a Participation Lodge client and her brother.
As workers enter their sixth week of a strike, the union is calling on Participation Lodge Executive Director Elaine Kerr to return to the table with a fair offer for her workers.
Thomas addressed the crowd expressing the full support of the union.
“It’s time for Participation Lodge Executive Director Elaine Kerr to come back to the bargaining table,” said Thomas. “If she does not get back to negotiations with a fair deal, she should consider dusting off her resume.”
Negotiator, Lynne Easter and Local President, Deb Powell also rallied the crowd with their energetic call for continued strength and solidarity. As one member later commented on Facebook “Deb rules! She does OPSEU proud!”


What else can you do to help?

OPSEU members of L235 Participation Lodge will be hosting a free barbecue on Saturday September 29more...

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 Participation Lodge.  
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 up...
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!



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