Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

July 28, 2009 10:46 ET

Media Advisory-Rally Tomorrow: Liberals Must End Crisis in Social Services!

Rally supports striking workers at Lanark Community Living, calls for stable, multi-year funding for social services

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2009) - Supporters of striking workers at Association for Community Living - Lanark County will rally outside the office of Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29.

Members of CUPE 1521.02 have been on strike since July 4 to stop the erosion of working conditions and the quality of service delivered to Lanark residents with intellectual disabilities. Rallyers hope Ms. Meilleur can help bring an end to the strike.

The rally, organized by the Ottawa & District Labour Council, will hear from Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and Sean McKenny, President of the Ottawa & District Labour Council (ODLC), among others.

WHAT: Rally in support of CUPE 1521.02
WHO: Paul Moist, National President, CUPE
Sean McKenny, President, ODLC
Carrie Lynn Poole, Chair,
CUPE Ontario Social Service Workers' Coordinating Committee
WHERE: 237 Montreal Road, outside the office of Madeleine Meilleur,
Minister of Community and Social Services
WHEN: Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM

Quick facts on underfunding of Ontario social services:

- Mike Harris government cut 5 per cent across the board in 1994-95

- Liberals failed to bring budgets back up, with many years of "zero per cent increases" to base budgets

- The 2007 provincial budget included a 2 per cent increase to agencies' base budgets and approximately $80 million in funding to increase workers' wages

- This increase in 2007 was welcomed by CUPE and others, and now needs to be followed up by stable, multi-year funding to make up for the lost decade preceding

- There is no mechanism to ensure agencies access funding for its intended purpose - to improve wages and working conditions

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    David Robbins