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GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca The union that represents all the em- ployees of Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell, a regional social services agency, has announced it has a strike mandate from its members. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 426 (OPSEU) announced on March 15 that its members voted, March 8, by “a strong majority” in favour of strike VALORIS WORKERS’ UNION DELIVERS STRIKE WARNING " $ 5 6 " - * 5 4  r  / & 8 4 action, if the two sides fail to agree on a new contract. OPSEU filed for conciliation and then held the March 8 strike vote which resulted in majority support for the union. OPSEU stated the outstanding issues Le Syndicat des employés de la fonction publique de l’Ontario, section locale 426 (SEFPO),

are serious about protecting the services they provide. These members are standing up for themselves and for the people who depend on them. And they’ve got 150,000 OPSEU members standing with them.” Hélène Fournier,

“The last thing we want to do is go on strike,” stated Carl Brisson, chairman for OPSEU Local 426’s bargaining unit dealing with Valoris, in a press release. “But we need UPTFOEBWFSZDMFBSNFTTBHF8FXJMMTUBOE up for the services we provide. (…) “The health of our communities depends on us being able to deliver high-quality services,”” OPSEU represents almost 350 people employed with Valoris Prescott-Russell, which provides children’s aid, mental health counselling, developmental services, and services for victims of domestic violence among some of its programs and services. The current contract between Valoris Prescott-Russell and OPSEU Local 426 FOET.BSDI /FHPUJBUJPOTPOB new contract came to a halt on March 5.

include pay equity with simi- lar workers for community ser- vice agencies in nearby com- munities. They also include understaffing, contracting out of services, and long-term disability coverage.

director for Valoris Prescott-Russell, guaranteed during a Tuesday morning phone interview that the agency would maintain program services

qui représente le personnel de Valoris pour enfants et adultes, a annoncé que ses membres ont voté par « une forte majorité » en faveur de la grève.

2000 $ POUR LE CENTRE COMMUNAUTAIRE Le conseil municipal de Hawkesbury Est a récemment approuvé qu’une somme de 2000$ soit affectée à des réparations mineures à la salle mécanique du Centre communautaire de Chute-à-Blondeau.-Michel Lamy

GPSDMJFOUTTIPVMEBTUSJLFPDDVSi8FEPIBWF a contingency plan,” Fournier said. “But we remain really confident that we will be able to find a resolution.”

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