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Toronto - Developmental services workers and clients are suffering increasing incidents of violence, bullying and health risks, says a new independent study conducted by McMaster University researchers.

Entitled ‘Improving Work Organization to Reduce Injury and Illness: Social Services, Stress, Violence and Workload’, the study will be released by Donna Baines, McMaster University, Professor, Institute for Work in a Global Society, and principal researcher, Gwen Miller, Counsellor Developmental Services, Fort Frances, and Steve Sanderson, Counsellor Developmental Services, Ottawa, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 18th, at the Canadian Union of Public Employees, (Ontario), annual Social Service Workers’ Conference being held at the Ramada Inn, 85 Ste Anne Road, Sudbury.

The study was funded by the Workers’ Safety Insurance Board after the agency noted alarmingly high rates of work-related injuries by workers in the sector.

CUPE represents 5,000 developmental services workers province-wide, who work with people with intellectual and physical disabilities.


For more information please contact:
Donna Baines, McMaster University
(905) 525-9140
Gwen Miller, Developmental Services, Fort Frances
(705) 671-6656
Steve Sanderson, Developmental Services, Ottawa
(705) 671-6656
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774