Friday, June 26, 2009
CANADIAN LABOUR-LANARK COUNTY:
SOLIDARITY WITH LANARK COUNTY COMMUNITY LIVING WORKERS:
The following story and appeal for online solidarity comes Molly's way via the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Help Lanark County community living workers:
There are 90 people who help people with intellectual disabilities in Eastern Ontario's Lanark County looking for your support.
The Lanark County ACL's board of directors won't apply for available provincial funding to shore up the association's budget. Instead they're asking for cuts to benefits.
And they're not interested in being part of a pension plan small workplaces can use to give their staff a secure retirement.
A little pressure will help get a deal before the July 2nd strike deadline.
Please email the Lanark County ACL board of directors and encourage them to do everything in their power to reach an agreement with their staff.
Please click on the link above or THIS LINK to send the following letter to the Lanark County ACL Board of Directors.
Refusing to bargain fairly with your own workers by cutting their benefits and denying them a pension plan that’s available to other ACL workers across Ontario shows a lack of respect for the services these workers provide.
Not taking advantage of available provincial funding to improve working and earning conditions for frontline workers not only hurts workers and the agency, but affects the services provided by your agency.
Why are you risking a strike or a lockout when you should be offering a fair contract so services can continue for people with intellectual disabilities?
I urge you to respect your own workers.
A fair contract will avert a strike.