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

The research, which focuses on the experience of counsellors who work with people with developmental disabilities at three-sites in Ontario, will be released at a Queens Park (Media Studio) media conference on Wednesday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m.

Those attending the media conference include:
  • Donna Baines, McMaster University, Professor, Institute for Work in a Global Society, and principal researcher;
  • Sid Ryan, Ontario President the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
  • Gwen Miller, Counsellor, Developmental Services, Fort Frances
  • Fred Hahn, Counsellor, Developmental Services, Toronto
CUPE represents 5,000 developmental services workers province-wide. The study findings will be presented to CUPE members from the sector attending the annual social service workers conference in Sudbury beginning on Friday, October 18.


For more information please contact:
Donna Baines, McMaster University
(905) 525-9140
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774