New direct-funding Passport program for people with developmental disabilities is a clear privatization of services.
Employers report difficulties in attracting and retaining staff due to part-time conditions and low pay.
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.
“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.
Fifty developmental services bargaining units head into negotiations in 2014 with coordinated priorities, support, and strength.