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

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

Bargaining update

To All Local 4392 members
As you all know we have now been without a contract for more then a year.  Talks have been going slow while we waited to hear about funding and then once funding was announced to get direction from the Ministry about how much and how it would be spent.
We met with CLGW yesterday in conciliation to try and come to a settlement.  Unfortunately we were unsuccessful.  As you can imagine CLGW’s huge PE liability is effecting the bargaining process.  We have another date set for May 1st.
We would like to meet with the membership on April 27th at 6pm at the Wellington County Museum in the Nicholas Keith Room.  This is not a vote but rather a chance for us to give you an update about local negotiations as well as whats happened at other tables in the province.  This meeting is to ensure the members have the opportunity to meet with us face-to-face to ask any questions.  Its important you attend to be aware of the issues and possible outcomes.
Thank you and we will see you there
Joanne Smithers