"They stood up for all developmental services workers when they went out on strike. These workers drew a line in the sand; they held solid and they won." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Campbellford, ON (25 April 2017) — Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), Local 316, have voted to ratify the collective agreement reached between the union and Community Living Campbellford/Brighton (CLCB), bringing the month-long strike to an end.
Developmental services workers stood up for all workers
“The resolve of the nearly 100 members was a very public expression of their belief in fairness at the bargaining table and in the community,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“I am so proud of them for their perseverance. They stood up for all developmental services workers when they went out on strike. These workers drew a line in the sand; they held solid and they won," Thomas said.
The key issue of personal vehicles being a condition of employment was settled, and workers will not be required to use their own cars for work-related duties. Other gains made at the bargaining table include increased training opportunities for part-timers, improved scheduling and mileage, as well as increased meal allowances.
Strong solidarity will last forever
Courtney Huycke, a member of the bargaining team, was “ecstatic” when the members voted to ratify the agreement.
“It’s been a long journey. We walked thousands of kilometres on that picket line, and the members have stood strong the whole way. We really couldn’t have done this without all of OPSEU/NUPGE’s support, so thank you to all of the members from other locals and the staff who helped us win a fair contract," she said.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Huycke continued. “But I know the solidarity we built throughout this strike will last forever.”
Sara Labelle, OPSEU's Region 3 Vice-President, was a significant support for the team during the strike.
“We all worked together. We all supported the picket line every day, and we all stood behind the bargaining team 100 per cent,” said Labelle. “It goes to show that when members stand united and have the full support of their union, they can win.”
OPSEU/NUPGE members at CLCB provide support for adults with intellectual disabilities in Campbellford, Brighton, and the surrounding area.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 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