Moving stories about the reality of being a developmental services worker and what these contract talks are about.
Sudbury (28 Feb. 2013) — More than 230 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) at Community Living of Greater Sudbury (CLGS) are in negotiations for a new collective agreement.
A majority of these workers are 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 National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE