GUELPH, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Community Living Guelph Wellington’s dedicated developmental service workers have long expressed their deep concern about the impact of persistent short-staffing on the quality of care they provide to individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as the impact that staff shortages have on workers’ jobs and personal lives.
Last week the members of CUPE 4392, which represents frontline staff at the Community Living Guelph Wellington (CLGW), gave voice to these continuing frustrations by giving their union a 96 per cent strike mandate.
The vote comes as the union and CLGW negotiate a new collective agreement. Members of CUPE 4392 – comprised of nearly 500 developmental service workers who work at Community Living Guelph Wellington are calling on their employer to make more investments in supporting workers and improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
The organization is facing severe staffing challenges as CLGW fails to offer wages and benefits that attract and keep new staff and as many members are forced to work two or more jobs just to make ends meet.
The loss of personnel has had a significant negative impact on the quality of care that workers provide to the individuals they support, as well as on the lives of workers themselves.
“We are determined in our commitment to the well-being of the individuals we serve, but workers cannot keep paying the price for underinvestment in services,” says Sandra MacDonald, president of CUPE 4392. “Our members have spoken with a unified voice, and we urge Community Living Guelph Wellington to work with us to find a resolution that acknowledges our workforce’s skill and dedication and ensures the best possible care for the people we support.”
The members of CUPE 4392 support over 500 adults with developmental disabilities with residential and day supports, employment options, and maintenance to enrich and enhance their lives.
Katrina McGaughey, CUPE Communications Representative