Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 10, 2007 12:56 ET

OPSEU: Tentative Deal Signed in Elgin Strike

ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2007) - Elgin Association for Community Living and OPSEU Local 151 signed a tentative agreement today after the employer agreed to a return-to-work protocol including a no discipline and no reprisals clause.

A ratification vote on the deal is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today.

"This is a strong signal of good faith on both sides and a willingness to move forward," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

Negotiations are scheduled for workers at four other striking developmental services locals in western Ontario including Meaford.

Talks are set to continue at agencies in London today, and in Middlesex and Chatham Aug. 11. The lack of a back-to-work protocol has been the main obstacle to the end of these strikes.

"Our negotiators are hard at work and we are pushing hard for a settlement to these strikes as well," Thomas said.

Community Living Meaford and Local 235 will also be at the bargaining table today to try and resolve another strike that has lasted almost three weeks.

Another strike continues at Community Living Prince Edward, in Picton.

Contact Information

    Annie Robert
    Local 151 St. Thomas
    (519) 281-5789
    David Cox
    OPSEU Communications