Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

March 23, 2009 10:41 ET

CUPE Members Tell McGuinty: Keep Your Promise to Persons With a Developmental Disability

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - Frontline developmental service workers and community supporters in southwestern Ontario have been calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to keep their government's funding promise to persons with developmental disabilities.

"In their 2007 budget, the Liberal government committed four years of increased funding to developmental services," said Srila Perine, president of CUPE 3137. "With McGuinty warning that not all commitments may be kept, we want him to know that this is not the time to be hitting some of the most vulnerable members of our community with another setback."

Hard times are nothing new to thousands of individuals with a developmental disability and their families, added Charlotte O'Neil, president of CUPE 2345. They welcomed the four-year funding commitment after decades of underfunding that saw thousands of people lingering on waiting lists for support while others experienced the stress and setbacks that come with high staff turnover.

"The issues of long waiting lists and staff recruitment and retention are just beginning to be addressed with the new funding," she said. "Consistent, quality supports mean that individuals and their families are able to expand the boundaries of their abilities, to live active, visible lives - and even work - in our communities."

Perine and O'Neil were joined at a news conference today by Nancy Wallace Gero, executive director of Community Living Essex, and Melodie Cook, operations director for Community Living Windsor. Together, they are encouraging community members to send a message to the Premier and finance minister.

Supporters can visit http://www.cupe.ca/action/keepyourpromise to fill out an email form and automatically send a message.

Contact Information

  • CUPE 3137
    Srila Perine
    President
    (519) 971-3724
    or
    CUPE 2345
    Charlotte O'Neil
    President
    (519) 990-4854
    www.CUPE.ca