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Over 100 CUPE members and others rallied in support of the striking workers of Community Living Association Lanark today. 

The Carleton Place Legion’s back garden played host to a spirited rally in support of the 90 members of CUPE 1521-02, on strike since Jul. 4.

National President Paul Moist brought solidarity and support from CUPE across the country.  Moist led the march to the agency’s nearby headquarters, and served as the chant leader once there.  

Other supporters at the rally today included CUPE members from other locals, workers from other unions and Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa District Labour Council. 

The local hopes to get back to the bargaining table.  The employer, for its part, has hired strikebreakers.

At issue in the strike is the employer’s refusal to let their staff join the Multisector Pension Plan. The union argues their proposal wouldn’t cost any more money and that staff at other ACLs in Ontario are already part of the plan.

The 90 social service workers provide care to people with intellectual disabilities. Their last contract expired on March 31, 2009.

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