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A ten week long strike at the Lanark County Community Living Association   ended  Sept. 10, when CUPE 1521.02 members ratified a two year contract.

The strike began Jul. 4.

The contract expands RRSP coverage to all employees, removes management’s contracting-out proposals and commits management to flow ministry funding  earmarked for workers in 2007.

“Everyone is very pleased to be going to back to work and supporting the people who depend on them at Community Living, but none of us are happy about a strike that was forced upon us by a reckless local management.” said CUPE National Representative Doreen Beath.

“Now that the strike is over, CUPE is looking to the provincial government to move quickly on our formal request for an operational review of the local agency’s finances.” said Doreen Beath who noted that CUPE’s call for an operational review was supported by area MPP, Conservative, Randy Hillier.    

“This strike didn’t need to happen,” Beath said, “and is a direct result of the Community Living Board of Directors having surrendered leadership of the agency to an out of control Executive Director.”

Community living workers, members of CUPE 1521.02 provide support and care for adults with intellectual disabilities.