TORONTO - Workers at the Muki Baum Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Multi-Handicapped are set to strike at midnight Feb. 2, after voting down an employer’s offer that would have cut the pay of overnight counsellors by 60 per cent.
The 145 members of OPSEU Local 597 provide residential and day program services to children with developmental disabilities at the Downsview-based agency.
“This type of work is already extremely under-valued,” said Leah Casselman, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. “These workers care for some of the most vulnerable people in the province. There is no way this kind of wage cut is acceptable.
“These workers are ready to go back to the bargaining table anytime,” she added. “They want to be doing their job caring for these children. Their job is to provide the love and support the children need to meet their full potential. They simply want a contract with no cuts in wages, and respect for their important work.”
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For more information:
Judy Storey, OPSEU Negotiator: 416/928-2481