Hoping to send a strong message that picketing people’s homes is not okay, People First is planning to host a rally on Saturday, April 8th in Campbellford.
Direct support professionals have been out on strike since Wednesday, March 22nd, picketing the office of Community Living Campbellford/Brighton, as well as four homes belonging to people supported by the organization.
Last week, People First of Northumberland, People First of Ontario and People First of Canada issued a joint news release to denounce the picketing of homes by the union’s striking employees.
“Just because a person has a disability does not mean they should be treated differently than anyone else in the community. I get that there may be issues between staff and management, but it’s completely unfair that people receiving supports are in the middle of this. Please show respect for the people you work for and take your disagreement away from their homes,” stated Kory Earle, President of People First of Canada.
People First of Northumberland will be taking the lead on the planned rally. Organizers are asking attendees to gather at Old Mill Park (51 Grand Road) at 11 a.m. and to bring signs showing their support for people that have been impacted by the strike. Speeches are scheduled to take place at noon.
People First representatives have reached out to OPSEU Local 316 and the union has refused their request to stop strike action in front of people’s homes.
People that are interested in knowing more about the rally should contact Earle at 613 451-0051 or by email at koryearle@peoplefirstofcanada.