Throughout the pandemic, workers in developmental service have been on the frontline providing direct support to adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities.
As COVID-19 rapidly spread in Ontario, developmental service workers across the province grappled with inadequate PPE, were initially excluded from hero pay despite their frontline and crucial role in supporting people living with disabilities and their families, and did not receive vaccine prioritization until Stage 2 despite the nature of their work that puts them in close contact with vulnerable individuals.
Leading up to and on June 23, Developmental Service Worker Appreciation Day, CUPE calls on the Ontario government for the following:
- Improved and sustained funding to the agencies within the sector
- Enhancement and protection of day programs offered by MCCSS Funded not-for-profit agencies
- Mandatory WSIB coverage for all workers in developmental services through amending the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
- Consultations with labour unions and workers to inform service delivery reforms