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Striking workers at an Aurora Ontario women’s shelter are asking the provincial government to look into how the agency is being run.

The shelter’s board provoked the lockout in December when they announced a re-organization plan that would have moved the shelter to a “clinical services” model.

The plan would have also deemed many of the shelter’s counsellors unqualified to hold their jobs. Management’s plan looked like an attempt to bust the union. The workers who were targeted – who had decades of experience working with battered women – are also union activists.

The board got no input from the community or the shelter’s clients before imposing its restructuring plan on the shelter. Meanwhile, the majority of seats on the board are vacant, and many of those serving on the board are not representative of the community.

CUPE 3636 is asking Community and Social Services minister Sandra Pupatello to conduct a review of how the agency is being run.

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