'We had a high turnout'
All 50 front-line staff with Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) are now members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the National Union of Public and General Employees (OPSEU/NUPGE).
The workers said yes to joining the 130,000‑strong union in a vote held on Dec. 12, said the union. OPSEU/NUPGE represents more than 8,000 mental health workers
“We had a high turnout, and the vote was decisively in favour of joining the union,” said Ed Arvelin, chair of OPSEU’s mental health division.
Addiction Services for York Region is a non-profit rehabilitation agency that specializes in the treatment of substance, drug, and alcohol abuse. It provides addiction assessment and out-patient treatment services for individuals aged 12 and older.
The agency works out of 9 locations throughout York Region in Ontario, including Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Maple, and Keswick.