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 negotiating.


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 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!

Please also call Bob Richardson, President, Board of Directors, at (519)422-3849

Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 100 Lesmill Rd. Toronto, ON M3B 3P8  (416) 443-8888

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