Community Services Divisional Council
November 27, 2013 Read the latest news and developments from each
sector of the Community Services Division Council
November 21, 2013 Staff at Community Living London are wondering what
happened to the promised funding for an important local employment program for
youth with disabilities. more...
November 20, 2013
Today marks National Child Day across Canada, child welfare workers have chosen
to wear black in the workplace to send the message that we must put kids first
and that the ministry is failing under the current conditions. more...
November 4, 2013 The Sixth Annual Social
Service Workers Appreciation Day on Nov. 6 celebrates the work of 20,500 OPSEU
members across Ontario.
8, 2013 Watch this new video about how developmental services
workers, the people they support and families brought a powerful message to
Queen's Park. Watch the video
October 30, 2013 Today we recognize the
dedication and hard work of professionals who provide childcare. The theme this
year is, “Let’s Rethink Child Care: Together We Can Make It Better.”.
September 27, 2013
More than 100 workers, people they support and their families, came to Queen’s
Park on September 18 with a strong message that developmental services are in
crisis and it's time for change.
September 12, 2013 OPSEU Developmental Services workers and the people they
support will bring a strong message to MPPs at a special lobby day on September
June 11, 2013
Developmental Services Worker Appreciation Day is a time to celebrate the
amazing job workers do providing crucial services to people with developmental
April 10, 2013 A video rant by OPSEU member Erin Rice
takes on the critical funding crisis in Ontario's developmental services. The
wait list continues to grow: Has the province not learned from past mistakes?
March 28, 2013 More than 230 OPSEU members at
Community Living Greater Sudbury (CLGS) could be in a legal strike position as
soon as midnight, Sunday April 7. . more...
March 28, 2013
Local 676 is pleased to announce that we have a meeting with the Employer and a
Mediator scheduled for April 2, 2013.
February 26, 2013
More than 230 OPSEU members at CLGS are in negotiations for a new collective
agreement. A majority of these workers are female and part-time. See the new
video now. more...
February 25, 2013 In response to Bill 168, the Occupational Health and
Safety Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace), and the new Canadian
Standard on Psychologically Safe Workplaces, OPSEU is calling on all CAS members
to raise awareness around unsafe workplaces.
January 22, 2013 The CSDC is undertaking a multi-sector effort to
identify the effects of workplace stress with a view to improve our members’
health outcomes. Data will be collected from our BPS social services
sectors—Community Agencies, Developmental Services, Youth Justice, Child
Treatment, and Children’s Aid Societies
December 14, 2012 Having twice rejected contract offers workers at Community
Living Greater Sudbury will rally Dec. 17 to back their demands for a fair
and just agreement .
November 9, 2012 OPSEU 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. . more...
November 12, 2012 OPSEU Local 235 has reached a tentative contract with
Participation Lodge after both sides met on Sunday, November 11. The picket
lines have been called off, pending a ratification vote to be held on Tuesday,
November 13. more...
November 2, 2012 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas joined workers
and supporters for a solidarity rally at Participation Lodge in Hanover on
October 31. more...
27, 2012 Workers at Community Living Prince Edward (CLPE) reached a last
minute deal on Friday, October 26, 2012 narrowly avoiding a strike deadline.
October 25, 2012 Staff at Community Living Prince Edward (CLPE)
could be on strike as early as Saturday, Oct 27, 2012. They are in mediation
talks on Friday October 26 in an effort to avert a strike or lockout by the
October 15, 2012
Members of OPSEU Local 235 at Participation Lodge held a strong rally at the
employer headquarters on Wednesday. October 10. Voicing support for the
bargaining team, members called for financial transparency and a return to the
October 15, 2012 More than 30 members came out for a morning information
picket at Community Living Prince Edward on Friday.
October 11, 2012 Workers at Community Living Prince Edward will hold an
information picket on Friday, October 12, as they draw close to an October 26,
2012 strike deadline. more...
September 25, 2012 OPSEU members of L235 Participation Lodge will be
hosting a free barbecue on Saturday September 29.
September 27, 2012 Read the media coverage and see the pictures from the
rally on Wednesday, September 26.
September 25, 2012 A rally in support of striking workers will be held at
Participation Lodge in Owen Sound on Wednesday, September 26. Staff have
been on strike since Saturday morning, September 22.
August 31, 2012 Members of OPSEU Local 235 Participation Lodge in Owen Sound have voted down their employer’s final offer by an
overwhelming majority. The next step is to file for a “no board report”. This will start the clock ticking towards a legal
strike deadline. more...
July 23, 2012 Workers at Local 403, Community Living Quinte West have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the
employer that would force members to accept substandard improvements while the employer wastes hundreds of thousands of
dollars on excess managers. more...
July 19, 2012 Staff at Participation Lodge in Owen Sound have voted 91 per cent in favour of
strike action if a contract settlement can't be reached more...
July 3, 2012 Workers at Community Living Quinte West (CLQW) are headed for
conciliation with their employer on July 11. Contract negotiations at CLQW have
stalled after the employer refused to offer a fair contract. more...
June 25, 2012 A large majority of workers at Community Living Meaford
have voted in favour of a strike should that action become necessary. more...
June 13, 2012 Contract negotiations at Community Living Quinte West have stalled after the
employer refused to offer a fair contract. more...
15, 2012 Employers that don’t negotiate their own collective agreements
could save money and do more for workers if they would learn how to bargain,
says OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
15, 2012 Spirits were high despite soggy, cool weather at this community
barbeque held to support youth and staff at Huron House Boys’ Home in Bright’s
Grove near Sarnia. . more...
May 10, 2012 OPSEU Local 511 at Surrey Place Centre
reached a tentative agreement with their employer on Friday, May 4. The
bargaining team is recommending acceptance of the Memorandum of Settlement.
May 8, 2012 Community leaders and families will join
residents and workers from Huron House Boys’ Home for an event tomorrow in
Bright’s Grove, just outside Sarnia. The HHBH Frontline Staff & Youth BBQ is in
support of staff and youth. more...
26, 2012 Unable to reach a new collective agreement with Kinark Child and
Family Services despite six months of trying, Local 355 will head back to the
bargaining table on Monday, April 30 with the help of a Ministry of Labour
April 17, 2012 Late in the evening of April 16, Reena
employers and staff reached a tentative agreement during mediation. A
ratification vote is thus being held tomorrow, just days prior to an April 24
April 13, 2012 Developmental services staff at Reena are
facing mediation and a potential strike after requesting a no board report on
April 7th. more…
April 4, 2012 The OPSEU Local 597 bargaining team
reached a tentative agreement with Montage Support Services in Toronto late in
the evening on Friday, March 30, which 87 per cent of members ratified on
Sunday, April 1.
March 29, 2012 Members of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU) local 355 have filed for conciliation because management
maintains that the province’s wage freeze applies to workers at Kinark Child and
Family Services . more…
March 23, 2012 Workers at Fred Victor Centre, members of
OPSEU Local 509, have reached a tentative agreement with the employer on a first
contract just days before a March 26 strike deadline.
CHILD TREATMENT CENTRES
March 21, 2012 A tentative three-year settlement was
overwhelmingly ratified by the members of OPSEU Local 702, Firefly, on March 8,
March 16, 2012 Yesterday workers at Fred Victor Centre in
Toronto delivered a 75 percent strike mandate to Local 509 of the Ontario Public
Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
March 7, 2012
Workers at Elmira District Community Living have rejected the employer's final
offer, and are asking the community to support them at an information picket on
Thursday, March 8 at 4 p.m. more…
March 7, 2012
More than 70 OPSEU workers at Fred Victor in Toronto could be locked out on Mar
26 after their employer requested a 'no board' report on March 5th.
March 6, 2012 The Ministry of Community and Social
Services has advised Ontario’s developmental services agencies that it is
committed to funding educational stipends for workers.
Agencies use educational stipends to reduce developmental services contract
CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY
February 29, 2012 Members of the Ontario Public Services
Employees union will mark National Pink Shirt Day today with the message that
there is no place for bullying in our workplaces and communities.
February 28, 2012
Developmental Services workers from Community Living Tillsonburg are holding an
information picket on Tuesday, February 28. Calling for proper funding, workers
are protesting cuts to the services so many vulnerable people depend on.
February 15, 2012 Members of OPSEU Local
253 have voted to endorse their demands at the bargaining table by providing
their bargaining team with an 82 per cent strike mandate.
February 15, 2012 Despite a seven week strike in 2007 and
recent lay-off announcements in neighboring communities, an overwhelming
majority of Middlesex Community Living workers voted in favour of a strike on
Monday, February 13.
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