Kerry’s Place autism care workers join the Union

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October 31, 2023

On September 18, 2023, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 welcomed our newest members from Kerry’s Place Autism Services in Pickering, Ontario.

Workers at Kerry’s Place sought out our Union to increase their job security, enhance their wages and benefits, improve working conditions, and increase health and safety and respect in the workplace. These 15 workers are employed as Autism Support Associates and Assistants and are faced with numerous challenges every day.

At UFCW Locals 175 & 633, we believe that workers who care for people should have someone looking out for them as well. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, approximately 1 – 2% of the Canadian population is on the autism spectrum which means there are approximately 135,000 autistic people in Ontario.[1]

“Workers in this field are some of the most compassionate and hard-working people around,” said Shawn Haggerty, President of UFCW Local 175. “The challenges they face are unique and they deserve to have a Union to stand behind them in the fight for their rights as they serve their clients and communities.”

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