Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 16, 2007 13:48 ET

OPSEU: Tentative Deals Reached in Two Developmental Service Strikes

LONDON, ONTARIO and PICTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2007) - Negotiators for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union reached tentative agreements with employers in two strikes at developmental service agencies in London and Picton.

OPSEU Local 144 reached an agreement this morning with Community Living London which, if ratified today, will mean 450 staff will soon return to work, ending an eight-week strike. The deal included a back-to-work protocol acceptable to the union.

This follows a tentative agreement signed Aug. 15 between OPSEU Local 448 and its employer, Community Living Prince Edward, in Picton. The ratification vote is scheduled for the morning of Aug. 17. If the deal is ratified, 150 staff will return to work after a week on strike.

These two agreements settle the last two of seven developmental services strikes involving 1,300 workers across Ontario. Low wages in the sector were the main issue province-wide.

"Throughout these strikes, our members have been steadfast in their desire for a fair wage, and to improve the quality of services for the people they support," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

Contact Information

    David Cox
    OPSEU Communications