On April 26th, Brother Ken Hord, President of Local 310 was presented with the Julius Deutsch Veteran Award by John Cartwright, President of Toronto & York Region Labour Council at their 2nd annual awards evening.
Ken has a long history of community and labour activism starting with his mobilization of Hamilton tenants in his apartment complex against rent increases many years ago. He went on to help organize workers at another factory owned by the same company when he was a member of the United Electrical Workers of America. Ken took part in the very first pilot project of the Union Counsellor Program through the Hamilton Labour Council. He earned his Labour Studies certificate at night school from McMaster University.
His community activism saw him engaging in campaigns such as being a founding member of the Hamilton Whole Foods Corp., working against apartheid on the South African Solidarity Committee, on a committee to organize bank workers and also a campaign to bring attention to ending violence against women.
When life brought him into Region 3 and into the fold @ OPSEU, he was elected Treasurer of Local 321, served as Steward in Locals 310 and 313 and is currently President of Local 310, a very large composite local made up of 10 different Government Ministries. Ken is now Chair of the Orillia Service Area Council.
Ken’s contribution to his community and to his union are worthy of the kind of recognition that the York Region Labour Awards were established to provide. OPSEU can be proud of the tireless efforts of activists like Brother Ken.
This past year the Ministry of Labour undertook an initiative to facilitate discussions between the Ministry of Community and Social Services (COMSOC), employers and unions to stabilize and strengthen this vital sector. Unfortunately talks broke off in March due to lack of sustainable funding.
The provincial waitlist for residential supports has risen to more than 12,000. There are currently 16,000 people with a developmental disability who receive residential supports across Ontario.
“This province must ensure that all developmentally delayed people in our communities receive the quality services they deserve,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “These are particularly vulnerable people who depend on the experienced and qualified staff in the Developmental Services Sector.”
The unions and employers have some real concerns that COMSOC’s current funding mandate is unrealistic in maintaining the current level of service the sector delivers.
OPSEU has launched a new campaign website, http://www.developmentalservices.org which features the “block walks” and also includes a letter-writing campaign. OPSEU members and their allies are sending letters demanding funding for developmental services to Ministers Dwight Duncan and Madeleine Meilleur.
Full set of photos from the “Alliston Block Walk”
For more information: Vicky McGuire (705) 527-1701
Date: April 27
Time: 4 pm
Location: King Street and Midland
Local 332 – Community Living Association for South Simcoe / Elgin
For more information: Natasha Weese 705-440-0284 / Allan May (705) 440-6416
Date: April 21
Time: 10 am
Location: Aliston, ON
Local 358 – Community Living Peterborough
For more information: Karen McKinnon 705-748-4913
Date: April 18
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 223 Aylmer Street North
Even one workplace death is too many. Every April 28 since 1983, unions, workers, and organizations in over 100 countries remember workers who died from workplace causes and honour them by renewing the fight for the living. Link to the OPSEU Article
OPSEU urges all locals to mark April 28 as the National Day of Mourning, to remember workers who have died, and to renew the fight for the living. Visit the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) website to view Day of Mourning events across Ontario.
Barrie & District Labour Council Blood Donor Clinics
in recognition of Workers Killed and Injured at Work
231 Bayview Drive, Barrie Call 1.888.2.DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book appointment
Tues, April 26 Wed., April 27 Thurs., April 28
Fri., April 29 Sat., April 30
1:00 – 8:00 p.m. 7:30 am – 1:00 p.m. 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. (with media availability at 4:30 p.m.) 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Durham Region Labour Council
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 12:00 noon
Day of Mourning Monument Area, Oshawa City Hall (corner of King St. and Centre St.) Light refreshments to follow at USW Hall, 125 Albert Street, Oshawa
Bill Stratton, Chair, DOM Committee John Henry, Mayor of Oshawa Paul Goggan, CAW H&S Activist Jim Freeman, President, DRLC
Contact: DRLC Office (905) 579-5188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peterborough & District Labour Council
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
Peterborough City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough Singer/Songwriter George Hewison Followed by a light lunch at the Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N. Guest Speaker TBA
Toronto & York Region Labour Council
Thursday, April 28, 2011 Woodbridge, 11:00 a.m.
Woodbridge Memorial Arena, 5020 Highway #7 (at Islington)
Toronto, 12:00 noon Larry Sefton Park, Bay and Hagerman Streets, Toronto (immediately behind Toronto City Hall)
Contact: Labour Council (416) 441-3663
Lindsay & District Labour Council
Sunday, April 24, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
Workers Memorial, Victoria Park, Victoria Avenue, Lindsay
North Simcoe, Muskoka & District Labour Council
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
Orillia City Hall Guest Speaker: Pat Striewe, WHSC
Northumberland Labour Council
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 4:15 p.m.
Lucas Point Park, Cobourg Meet and greet to follow Guest Speaker: Sid Ryan, President, OFL Contact: Gloria Riley (905) 372-9726 or email@example.com