220 Canadian Hearing Society employees hit the picket lines

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

A strike is underway by employees of the Canadian Hearing Society.

About 220 workers — members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees — started picketing across the province yesterday.

That includes 6 workers on strike at the Frontenac mall office in Kingston, with another four walking a picket line in Belleville.

The unionized workers include literacy instructors, counsellors, audiologists and interpreters.

They’ve been without a contract for the last four years.

Union representatives say management is trying to claw back their benefits.

“Not roll backs we would even like to maintain the benefits that we actually do have. We need a fair pension plan and we need a fair working wage. No raise in four years is pretty rare specially public service workers and community agencies are particularly being hit hard.”

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