“Although the care they provide is crucial, these workers are often under-recognized or outright forgotten. They deserve to be seen.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Our members haven’t been given an exemption from inflation, the cost of living hasn't stood still for them." — Warren Thomas, OPSEU President
“Even though the work we do is incredibly important, it has been sadly neglected by the government. By mobilizing our members and building alliances with community groups, we forced the previous provincial government to commit to a base funding increase to our agencies." — Erin Smith-Rice, the Chair of OPSEU’s Developmental Services Sector.
Care about the future of developmental services in Ontario? Join OPSEU/NUPGE members to help send a message that increased funding and stable working conditions are needed now.
"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
CLGS management is trying to short change developmental services workers insisting that previously bargained wages and pay equity payments would be deducted from these new provincial funds.
"The result proved conclusively that when it comes to the long-term interests of workers and their families, the decision to move to OPSEU/NUPGE is an obvious one based on proven results." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Employers report difficulties in attracting and retaining staff due to part-time conditions and low pay.
The B.C. Government and General Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) report, Choose Children, highlights deficiencies in youth and family services across the province.
OPSEU/NUPGE, and now the Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS), are clear: The government must provide stable, increased, and long-term funding to see that people get the services they need.
Midland residents deserve access to quality services in their community, and the frontline workers have said loud and clear that they will do what it takes to make sure that happens,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“The Ontario government promised to fix the crisis in developmental services, and now is the time for them to make good on their promise." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Front-line workers are asking politicians to commit to immediate sustainable long-term funding to end the shameful crisis in developmental services, funding that strengthens the not-for-profit community agencies that provide quality, professional, planned, and stable services.
“Given the findings of the Select Committee, the crisis in Ontario’s developmental services can no longer be swept under the rug. I want to congratulate the Wynne government for following through with this substantial response to a serious crisis,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Fifty developmental services bargaining units head into negotiations in 2014 with coordinated priorities, support, and strength.
“It is time for a serious commitment to properly funding developmental services,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.