|CUPE 4370 Community Living Sarnia-Lambton Needs your Help
Front line workers at Community Living Sarnia-Lambton could be on strike as of midnight June 27 — all because their employer doesn’t understand that it takes a partnership to create a safe workplace.
Members of CUPE 4370 have been working with their employer — as well as parents and families of the individuals we support — to improve wages and working conditions so more people will enter developmental services and stay on the job. We’ve had success. The provincial government has increased funding for the next four years.
Now, these members are asking Community Living Sarnia-Lambton to make a commitment -- in writing -- that any new funding they receive during the life of the collective agreement will be used for ongoing wage improvements that will be negotiated with CUPE 4370.
The struggles facing developmental services also go beyond wages. Increased workloads, staff turnover, staff shortages and the stress workers experience also affect the people these members support and their families. And sometimes workers feel their anger and frustration in ways that hurt.
Ensuring a safe environment for workers, supported individuals, volunteers and visitors is a joint employer and union responsibility. Policies and procedures must be negotiated as part of our collective agreement to address these issues effectively.
The members of CUPE 4370 need your help to get a fair collective agreement and avert job action. They're going back to the bargaining table on June 25. Please contact the employer and tell them it’s time to get serious about health and safety. Tell them to stop the fighting at the bargaining table so everyone can get back to working together to make community living stronger.
Please call or e-mail today to:
John Hagens, Executive Director