Welcome to CUPE 4392


Rosie the Riveter“The union will empower its members by providing a supportive environment which fosters knowledge, strength and collective power thereby ensuring respect, fair play and equity from our employer.”

Representing the front line workers of Community Living Guelph Wellington

General Membership meeting times and dates 2017/2018

Our general membership meetings happen the SECOND THURSDAY of each month excluding July and August, all meetings are held at our office:

135 St David St south unit #5


October 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

November 9, 2017 at 10:30am

December 14, 2017 at 7:00pm

January 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

February 8 at 10:30am

March 8, 2018 at 7:00pm

April 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

May 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

June 14, 2018 at 7:00pm


2018 Bargaining Survey

To all members of local 4392,

Please take the time to complete the 2018 DSSCC bargaining survey, when complete you have the chance to be entered into a draw for one of 2 iPad minis.

please click on the link below to complete your survey



Nearly half of DS collective agreements will expire on March 31, 2018! We also have a provincial budget and election in the months ahead.


A common expiration date – achieved through years of coordinated bargaining – will help employers and the government to recognize our work as a valuable and integral public service, one that is depended upon daily by hundreds of thousands of supported individuals, their families and care-givers.


With the Wynne government at one of lowest public approval ratings ever, the June 2018 provincial election is a huge opportunity to pressure our elected representatives to pay serious attention to the importance of our sector.

The Liberals have already introduced new labour and employment legislation including a $15 an hour minimum wage and new rules to protect part time and casual workers. This will make it difficult for them to deny the rights of our most precarious DS workers.

The Liberals will also have to work hard to deliver a “good news” budget and avoid strikes in the public sector prior to the election.

We can use our power through a common expiration date and the provincial election to:

Mobilize families and care-givers anxious to see improvements to programs and services for supported individuals;

Raise awareness and explain the importance of our programs and services to the general public;

Promote adequate and stable funding in order to increase programs, services and the level of care for supported individuals. This includes a long-term and stable workforce capable of providing the care that families of supported individuals want and deserve.


The bargaining survey is your chance to be part of the bargaining and political process. A survey with a high response rate will deliver a strong message to the employer and the government that YOU:

  • Care deeply about improving programs and services to supported individuals;
  • Are willing to talk to the co-workers, the public, the employer about our concerns.

The bargaining survey is also a crucial way of setting priorities at the table based on the members’ feedback

Your participation will help CUPE to take advantage of a unique political landscape in 2018. We can make significant gains for CUPE members in our sector and ultimately deliver better services for people with developmental disabilities.

With full participation and support, this round of bargaining could deliver big rewards for our sector.

In solidarity,

Beverley Patchell                                                              Joanne Smithers

Social Service Coordinator – Ontario                               DSSCC – Chair



Settlement results

Attention all members

The votes have been counted and it passed with 59% accepting the offer.

Thank you to everyone who came out and voted.

In solidarity,

Your bargaining committee and executive board

Settlement vote

Attention all members of Local 4392

We will be having a settlement vote on Sunday April 2 at the Elora Community Centre. Voting times will be at 10am and 7pm, please plan on attending one of these times and get the most current information.

Elora and District Community Centre

29 David St West, Elora

March 20 strike update






Negotiations Update

L4392 and CLGW met on Friday, March 3rd with the Ministry of Labour

No settlement was achieved as minimal monetary increases were tabled by CLGW

All outstanding non-monetary was resolved

The Union Committee has asked for a “no board” and today a strike deadline of April 5th has been set

L4392 and CLGW are scheduled to meet on March 29th in attempt to resolve all outstanding issues and to achieve a tentative settlement

L3083 and CLD are scheduled to meet March 23rd and a strike deadline will be requested if there is no settlement


Strike pay is $300 a week and members must complete at least 20 hours of strike duties

Benefit coverage for extended health will be covered by CUPE for the period of any strike activity

Strike plans are being completed by the Union Committee and more volunteers are required. Strike training was completed March 11th but picket captain training is yet to take place

The Union Committee has already advised CLGW that it will provide at least 72 hours notice of commencement on strike activity so that all supported persons will be ensured proper care and a safe environment



To ensure all members understand what CUPE is trying to achieve on behalf of the members in both Local 3083 Dufferin and Local 4392 Guelph Wellington…there are 3 campaigns underway and we require members to participate in order to achieve our goals of increasing funding to the agencies for supported persons and to ensure funding is provided to cover pay equity costs and the third is to provide for an appropriate and sustainable general wage increase and/or benefit improvements, etc.


Campaign 1 – Increase Operating Costs via an Emergency Request for Funds

A legislative petition which outlines an emergency request for funding to assist CLGW and CLD for the following purposes:

  1. Increase operating costs to pay for maintenance on group homes and transport vehicles as well as food, taxes, insurance and utility increases
  2. Provide emergency funding to cover the unfunded liability for pay equity
  3. Provide a reasonable monetary increase for staff which includes funding to maintain compounding costs for staffing

Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin read 68 pages of names from the Dufferin petitions into Parliament the week of March 6th.

CLGW has arranged for the NDP critic to read the names into Parliament from the legislative petition gathered throughout Guelph-Wellington into the house. The Social Services conference is being held the end of this week and Joanne Smithers and the Local Committee will take the opportunity to gather additional names.

This legislative petition is expected to continue throughout the spring until Parliament breaks for the summer.


Campaign 2 – Online Petition

The online petition requesting appropriate funding levels is going immediately and directly to Premier Wynne, Minister of Social Services Helena Jaczek and MPP’s Sylvia Jones, Randy Pettipiece and Ted Arnott. The purpose of this online petition is to give notice that community livings are in crisis and immediate and urgent need for funding is required on two fronts, firstly and most important is that cuts in positions and staffing hours as well as lack of operating funds is having a detrimental effect on supported persons regarding level of servicing. Inclusion for supported persons relating to participation has been cut due to staff reductions and lack of funds. Supported persons in future will be required to pay to attend any available day programmes as well as pay full rate for participation in activities in the community.

This online petition gets us immediate notice which was the purpose and has brought our plight forward to the government regarding planned labour unrest if they don’t action on all three issues.

The fiscal provincial budget is due the end of March and we need maximum pressure now to address agency needs.

The online petition will cease when we have a ratified settlement.


Campaign 3 – “Take a Number” Postcards

This is a provincial campaign and was designed for any community living to use and access whether CUPE or another union. The postcard is being mailed to the Minister of Social Services and speaks again about the lack of funding to agencies to provide adequate funding to ensure the ongoing viability of services to supported persons.

There is no planned end date to the postcard campaign and will be distributed to all CUPE locals attending at the Social Services Conference this weekend as well as upcoming provincial and national conventions in May and October respectively.



update meeting

Attention all members of 4392

We will be having a bargaining update this Monday March 20th at 7pm.

Elora Community Centre

29 David st West, Elora

If you can’t attend this meeting we will make every effort to get the information to you in as many ways as possible, as soon as possible

Strike meeting update

On behalf of your bargaining committee and local executives we would like to thank everyone who has attended the meetings so far, your support is amazing!

We encourage you to come out tonight to our final meeting in Elora at 7:00 pm if you haven’t already attended a meeting earlier. This meeting will be held at the Elora Community Centre (29 David St west).

Please also sign our petition at www.cupe.ca/communitylivingGWD. Share it with your friends and family and let the Minister of Community and Social Services, along with Premier Wynne, know that people with developmental disabilities deserve to have their services funded and not continue with underfunding and frozen budgets.

February 15, 2017

Please be advise that on February 15 there will be strike votes held in Guelph, Fergus and Mount Forest. Please come out and hear the presentation and have your questions answered.


10:00am GUELPH

UNIFOR 1917 Hall

611 Silvercreek Pkwy N
Guelph N1H 6J2
Leisure Hall at the Mount Forest & District Sports Complex
850 Princess st
Mount Forest N0G 2L3
7:00pm ELORA
Elora Community Centre
29 David st west
Elora N0B 1SO