Community Living Greater Sudbury workers rally for a decent contract

Join workers from Community Living Greater Sudbury at a rally to back reasonable contract demands in bargaining today from 11 a.m. until noon.

Sudbury (17 Dec. 2012) - Workers at Community Living Greater Sudbury (CLGS), represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), will stage an information rally December 17 after rejecting two contract offers from their employer.

“Community Living Greater Sudbury is prepared to play Scrooge this Christmas by attempting to force an unfair deal on their workers,” said staff member, Eric Evans.

More than 230 staff work at Community Living, a majority of them female and part-time. There is no pension plan, 80 per cent are without benefits and there has been no acceptable wage increase since 2008.

Management at CLGS has demonstrated little willingness to bargain a fair and just contract and expect staff to wait another two years before considering a wage hike. That would amount to a 15-cent an hour wage increase over six years, which the employees are not willing to accept.

“The shining star atop management’s Christmas tree this year is more cutbacks in hours for a work force that is already stretched to the limits,” said Evans.

“CLGS staff are not looking to take job action that would create a service disruption to the vulnerable clients we serve; instead we want a sense of fairness. It is time for this employer to show some respect to their staff and give us what we need to provide the best possible quality services to our clients and their families,” said OPSEU Local 676 President, Tammy Lanktree.

The rally will take place from 11 a.m. until noon, at Community Living Greater Sudbury, 303 York St. in Sudbury.

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