Sunbeam Residential Developmental Centre Workers Demonstrate as Negotiations Break Down

April 29, 2009, 8:43 AM EST

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CAW members employed at Sunbeam Residential Centre in Kitchener will be staging a demonstration outside of the main building of the centre tomorrow Thursday, April 30, expressing frustration at the breakdown in negotiations for a new collective agreement.

The 130 workers are represented by CAW Local 1106. The demonstration will take place from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 2749 Kingsway Drive in Kitchener.
Workers at Sunbeam Residential Development Centre provide residential care and day programming for developmentally challenged individuals with physical & emotional impairments in Waterloo Region.

Negotiations have broken down after Sunbeam management has repeatedly attempted to shift more administrative tasks onto the workers who are responsible for the direct care of clients. CAW National Representative Bill Gibson said this practice is becoming all too commonplace at the centre and could potentially put the clients at risk, a fear many of the workers share.

Negotiations have been ongoing since January.  The current contract expired on March 31. 


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