Community Living Ontario is a provincial association focussed on advocating for the inclusion of individuals who have a developmental disability. CUPE is a leading union in developmental services, with membership in communities across the province.
“This group is a natural fit with CUPE, and this decision will provide a means to resolve issues and build a better workplace for everyone,” said Kristy Davidson, a CUPE Representative who helped the workers during the drive. “A workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and heard, is a more effective workplace, and that’s important for people whose job is to support and advocate for individuals with disabilities.”
The workers approached CUPE to create change in their workplace, including creating a means to have open discussions with their employer without fear of reprisal. They also raised concerns about discrimination, inadequate training, and a lack of transparency in the workplace.