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(Orangeville) About 100 support workers with the Dufferin Association for Community Living (DACL) have voted 99% in favour of strike action to back their contract demands.

The members of CUPE Local 3083 have been trying to negotiate a new contract with the agency since October, 1999 when their last contract expired. The workers have not had a raise in eight years.

They will be in a legal strike position on April 2 (12:01 a.m.). They hope to be in mediation with the agency before that deadline, in an effort to avoid a disruption in service.

The frontline workers provide day care services at Rolling Hills Childrens Place and services to developmentally disabled children and adults.

Outstanding issues in the dispute include:

  • No wage increase in eight years

  • Employer demands for concessions to benefits

  • Job security language

  • Health & Safety issues

  • Mileage provisions

In addition, the 100 employees of the Dufferin Association for Community Living have faced serious cuts to their hours of work over the last few years, as a result of restructuring.

CUPE Local 3083 is launching a public information campaign across Dufferin County, to highlight the issues in the dispute. They will be using the slogan, “Dufferin ACL Support WorkersWere Worth It!”

For information:

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.

(416) 292-3999 (o)

Lorraine Radke, Spokesperson, CUPE Local 3083

(905) 880-7066 (h)