Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 03, 2014 15:51 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Developmental service workers deliver message to MPP Sandals over pay equity award

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 3, 2014) - Developmental services workers are demanding that the government ensure the implementation of a recent pay equity award, issued on March 5 to Community Living Guelph Wellington.

To reinforce their demand, workers will hold a "Picket for Pay Equity" tomorrow at the constituency office of Liz Sandals MPP, calling on the government to make good on four-year-old wage adjustments awarded under the Pay Equity Act.

Last month Ontario's Pay Equity Commission's Review Services notified Community Living Guelph Wellington, which provides supports and services to people with developmental disabilities, that it is required to pay both union and non-union employees' adjustments and back pay covering the past four years. The agency has stated openly that it cannot make the pay equity adjustments within existing funding.

The demand by developmental service workers follows this week's budget leak, which revealed a major increase in funding for their sector, and takes place in the lead-up to Equal Pay Day on April 16.

WHO: Developmental service workers from Community Living Guelph Wellington
WHAT: "Picket for Pay Equity": workers' demand for wage adjustments awarded under Ontario's pay equity legislation
WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:00 noon
WHERE: Constituency office of Liz Sandals MPP
173 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario

Contact Information

  • Joanne Smithers
    President, CUPE Local 4392
    519-820-5945

    Sarah DeClerck
    CUPE Social Services Coordinator
    416 830 9537

    Mary Unan
    CUPE Communications
    905 739 3999 ext 240 or 416 206 5609