|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13,
Empty Kettle Forces
OPSEU to Strike Salvation Army in London
London The Salvation Army didnt put enough
money in the kettle for its workers to settle and members of OPSEU Local 153 will strike
at midnight tonight.
The 130 workers who provide care for people with
disabilities at the Salvation Army London Village are taking strike action after rejecting
the employers latest offer on Saturday. The workers are seeking a wage increase of
1.5 percent in each year of a two-year agreement, a continuation of benefits and
compensation for mandatory staff training. Since bargaining began in May, The Salvation
Army has maintained that it cant afford to pay the increase. "This employer
says it has no money for its workers yet it can afford to purchase real estate and new
equipment," said OPSEU regional representative Carol Warner.
The OPSEU bargaining team brought numerous cost-saving
suggestions to the table but they were rejected by the employer. "We showed them how
they could save money in their benefits packages over the next two years but they weren't
interested," said Warner.
As a sign of good will, OPSEU Local 153 has offered to make
its members available for an emergency response team in the event of a client emergency
during the strike. We have also offered the employer our services for escort assistance of
special clients to and from the Village during the strike. Good will is central to the
Salvation Army; its time for the employer to show some to its workers.
For further information:
Carol Warner 519-649-7770
Dianne Smith 519-649-7770
Bill Trbovich 416-448-7400/561-5613/793-0092
Pierre Florea 416-450-1252
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