Hearing Society employees hit the picket lines

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

More than 225 unionized workers with the Canadian hearing society remain on strike across Ontario, including those in Kingston and Belleville.

The strike is affecting more than 36 thousand clients who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The workers have been without a contract for four years, and haven’t received a wage increase during that time.

The union says management is also seeking rollbacks in pensions and health benefits.

Kim Murray: “We’ve had so many clients stop and walk with us and be supportive of us. They know we’re the workers who provide the services they need. They’ve been very supportive of us and that’s helping us. But we all want to get back to work. We really do. We’ve been four years without a contract.”

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