Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The following appeal for online solidarity with community living workers in Toronto comes from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Help prevent a strike at Community Living Toronto‏:
Members of CUPE 2191 are 1100 developmental services workers at 90 workplaces across Toronto who provide services to 6,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities. They need your help to prevent a possible strike.

They have been in bargaining with Community Living Toronto (CLT) for over 10 months.
On January 11, they bargained for 20 straight hours with CLT and thought they could reach a settlement with another day of bargaining. However, at 5 a.m. CLT asked the Ministry of Labour to issue a No Board Report and as a result they can be locked out or go on strike on January 30.

They want a fair negotiated settlement – NOT a strike. CUPE 2191 and TCL will meet with a provincial mediator on January 25th . Please help us in our struggle for a fair deal.

CUPE 2191 firmly believes if CLT is committed to a fair settlement, it is achievable.

Send a message to CLT and tell them to make a fair offer so that your family, friends and neighbours will continue to receive the professional care they deserve. And please pass on this message to your friends, family, and co-workers.
Please go to one of the links above or to this link to send the following letter to Community Living Toronto management.
CUPE 2191 does not want to strike, nor be locked out. Members of CUPE 2191 want to continually provide the professional support for individuals in service and their families that these families expect and deserve.

A fair deal is achievable if Community Living Toronto really wants one. Work with CUPE 2191 and the mediator to reach an equitable settlement before it’s too late.

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