“Our members are the second-lowest paid CMHA employees in the province,” said Tischa Forster, OPSEU Local President. “The employer’s offer doesn’t come close to the industry norms for mental health professionals performing this work.”
Community college academic members begin face-to-face negotiations.
“Positive labour relations are an important asset to all of us in these economic times,” Thomas said. “What we have here is excellent groundwork for moving forward.”
“This award reflects the value of our front-line health care members, and recognizes the importance of the work they do,” Thomas said.
“Instead of recognizing the value of this important work, the employer wants to slash what few benefits these workers have." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“What we have in Ontario is privatization of alcohol sales by stealth,” Christianson concluded. “We’re losing out on millions of dollars that could be spent on public services.”
'They are trying to circumvent the normal bargaining process by communicating directly with our members.'
'All we’re looking for at the moment is for management to agree to some time lines where we can discuss the labour adjustment plan.'
'Once again our members have told this association that they prefer to deal with a professional, member-driven union.'
Two-year settlement affects employees at several worksites across eastern Ontario.