Participation Lodge workers take their message to London
October 26, 2012
Dozens of workers from
Participation Lodge took a road trip to London, Ontario on Tuesday, October
24. First they picketed the office of the Ministry of Community and Social
Services, then they held a rally in front of the South West LHIN.
Demanding that Participation Lodge be held accountable for their shady
funding decisions, a letter from OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas was
hand delivered at the LHIN to the attention of CEO Michael Barrett. CTV
London came out to shoot a video documenting their concerns as a strike
moves into its fifth week. OPSEU Regional Board Member Ron Elliott joined
the workers at the pickets in support.
Solidarity continues to be strong as these workers demand accountability and
a return to the table. The employer has taken up residence inside the agency
together with replacement workers, thereby extending the strike rather than
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 call Bob Richardson, 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!