FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2000
Striking Salvation Army
staff hold "zero per cent means no" rally
LONDON – Striking
staff at Salvation Army Community Living will protest their employer’s
zero per cent wage offer outside the Salvation Army Village in London.
Date: Saturday, February 26
Time: 12 noon
Place: Salvation Army Village
Dundas St. E. (corner of Dundas St., and Highbury Ave.) London
The 130 striking vocational and residential
counsellors are members of Local 153 of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union. OPSEU President Leah Casselman will speak at the
"There is no justification for the Salvation Army’s
zero per cent wage offer when the provincial government says it will
fund up to two per cent per year," said Casselman. ‘The
Salvation Army should show some respect for their employees, many of
whom work more than one job to make ends meet, and pay up."
The Salvation Army has forced a supervised vote on its
most recent offer to be held March 3. The union is recommending its
members turn it down.
OPSEU is asking for a wage increase of one per cent
per year in a two-year contract, as well as a signing bonus in the
first year. The union is also asking for staff to be paid when they
attend mandatory training courses.
The strike by Salvation Army Community Living staff in
London began Dec. 14, 1999.
For more information:
Carol Warner (519) 649-7770; (519)