Developmental Service Workers in the Upper Ottawa Valley Need Your Help

As developmental services workers we are proud of what we do, empowering and supporting people with developmental disabilities. But management has created such a toxic work environment that we our being are chased from jobs we love.

The agency has hired, and lost, 300 people in the last two years. They are churning through workers as people leave for jobs that offer better – or in many cases worse – pay, better hours, less stress, and a better employer. The result is that the workers who have stayed are often forced to take care of 3 or 4 people, some of whom have high behavioral needs, on their own. This isn’t safe for us and it’s not fair to the adults in their care who are missing out on activities because there aren’t enough staff.

All workers deserve fair working conditions. We deserve wages that allow us to support our families, shifts that are adequately staffed, and an employer that respects our safety. And the adults we care for deserve the highest quality care.

Write to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley and call on them to invest in their workers. Tell them that you are watching – and that you demand better.