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Workers of the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) are dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s Mission and Vision, providing services since 1940 which have made us Canada’s leading advocate and service provider for culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life.

To protect our community and clients, CHS needs to stand for what it believes, as reflected in our Mission and Vision statements – we believe in an accessible world without economic, social or emotional barriers, based on equity and fairness. This includes worker rights and protections currently reflected in our Collective Agreement, our employment contract, a model we hope is emulated and aspired to, and is the world we want to leave our children as they grow and enter the workforce of the future.

Unfortunately, CHS wants to take away many important worker rights, protections and benefits, setting the wrong example for others to follow, an example which will ultimately result in our disadvantaged clients becoming more disadvantaged.

You can help! By signing our petition you can tell CHS you prefer not to engage in concession bargaining. Your vision of a decent world includes fair and reasonable worker rights, protections and benefits which, by setting a strong example, will help the disadvantaged groups we serve. In this way we can provide the best programs and services to our clients and community, we can advocate with integrity.

Thank you for sharing our Mission and Vision, and for supporting the dedicated and hard working staff at CHS. We are grateful for your continued support.

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CUPE 2073 Concerned About Contract

From MarketWire:

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 3, 2013) – Efforts by the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) to gut their collective agreement won’t just hurt their employees-they’ll also damage Ontario’s Deaf and Hard-of-hearing communities, the union representing CHS workers across the province warned today.

“In many instances, we don’t just serve the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities-we’re also members of those communities,” said Rob Chamberland, President of Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 2073).

“The concessions proposed by CHS won’t just hurt staff-they’ll hurt our community and move our community even farther away from the very goals of equality and fairness for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing that are a part of the CHS mandate,” he added.

Local 2073’s bargaining committee has met with CHS representatives several times in the past few months. Bargaining will resume later this summer with the assistance of a Provincially-appointed conciliation officer.

Late last month, Chamberland urged CHS Board members at the Society’s annual general meeting to give their bargaining team more latitude to negotiate a fair settlement.

“When bargaining resumes, our committee is prepared to work as long as necessary to negotiate a fair collective agreement. But there needs to be a willing party across the table from us that’s prepared to negotiate with us,” said Chamberland.

“Both sides owe to the community we’re all committed to serving to roll up our sleeves and negotiate an agreement that’s fair to all parties, and preserves the vital services our communities depend on,” he added.

CUPE 2073 represents 260 counsellors, literacy instructors, audiologists, speech language pathologists, interpreters/interpreter trainers, clerical support, program coordinators, program assistants, information technology specialists and other staff at 27 CHS office locations across Ontario.

Contact Information

CUPE 2073
Rob Chamberland

Kevin Wilson
CUPE Communications