October 27, 2005
To: OASIS Member Agencies
Re: The Fair Wage Campaign
Most of you will no doubt be aware that a CLO committee has been gathering data to support a campaign aimed at securing much improved wages for employees in this sector. The information gathered will be important to the Ministry in this year’s budget submission and in any subsequent allocation of new funding that we hope will result. A secondary objective is to secure a long term resolution to the Pay Equity issue that challenges most developmental services agencies in Ontario.
There is a perception that OASIS does not support the campaign for a fair wage. This is not the case. Initially OASIS and CLO were working on wage issues through separate approaches. At the Provincial Network meeting of October 26th, CLO outlined the work they have accomplished to date and we agreed to work together on the common objective of increased wages for the sector.
OASIS has consistently worked towards the goal of increased funding for the sector in a multi-pronged approach. This has occurred through direct discussions with Government and Ministry officials, and via a series of submissions on the following issues:
For more specific detail on the issues and activities referred to above, I would suggest that you refer to the OASIS website, taking particular note of the following:
This brings me to the question which interests you; does OASIS support an increased wage for our employees? The answer must be Yes!Competitive wages for our employees with the broader public sector has been an integral part of the work of OASIS since its inception as a Provincial organization. The difference that most folks notice is how we lobby for change.
The Board of Directors has consistently focused upon our Mission Statement “To facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources, systems and information, OASIS will liaise with Government on behalf of member organizations with the goal of improving the development of cost effective quality supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.” To the Board, this has meant practical matters that benefit our members and the people that they support. There are many examples, but for the sake of brevity permit me to highlight the work of the OASIS Labour Relations Committee. More specifically, you should know that in addition to keeping you abreast of trends in labour relations, the Committee has on occasion provided timely advice to the Ministry on important developments. The advent of last year’s coordinated bargaining strategy by the Unions and the crucial implications of