Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 13, 2007 10:45 ET

OPSEU: Three Units Ratify on the Weekend in Community Living Strikes; Two Still Out

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2007) - Five strikes are over but two continue after community living units in Chatham, Middlesex and Meaford ratified new collective agreements this weekend.

About 700 workers in two units in London and Picton remain on strike. The local in London has been on strike almost two months, while the Picton strike is nearing the end of its first week.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 235 in Meaford signed a tentative agreement with the employer Aug. 10 and ratified the new deal Aug. 11. Community Living Meaford employees are now back to work.

On Aug. 11, OPSEU Local 144 in Middlesex and Local 148 in Chatham-Kent community living units signed tentative deals which included back-to-work protocols with no reprisals. Both ratified Aug. 12 and are returning to work.

Last week Local 151 in St. Thomas and Local 161 in Tillsonburg also ratified new deals and returned to work.

In London, negotiators are frustrated by the employer's unwillingness to sign a regular back-to work protocol, with a no discipline and no reprisals clause. This standard protocol was agreed to by the employers of the other bargaining units that returned to work this week.

"We are frustrated by this lack of progress on what should be a straightforward matter," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "Our members want to get back to work."

The dispute in Prince Edward is over wages and health and safety issues.

Contact Information

    David Cox
    OPSEU Communications