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Monday, November 29, 2004
Group of Concerned Citizens Occupies Trillium Corporation Administrative Offices
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
A group of concerned citizens announces that they have occupied the administrative offices of the Parry Center for Children as of 9:00 a.m., Monday, November 29. The action is in support of striking workers at the facility. The Parry Center is located at 3415 SE Powell Blvd., Portland.
The Parry Center is a residential treatment center for at-risk youth. It is owned by Trillium Group, Inc. and funded with public money. Low wages and benefits at the facility lead to high staff turnover rates, which leads to poor care for at-risk youth, as well as increased risk of injury to the staff. The participants in the action are demanding that the Parry Center improve wages and working conditions in order to provide the best care possible for some of the most vulnerable segments of our community.
"We're doing this for the kids," says Dave King, a mental health social worker from Portland. "These wages and working conditions do not support a stable workforce for these kids."
The participants are unaffiliated with the workers and their union, but they wish to send a message to the administration of the Trillium Corporation that there is community support for the struggle of the workers, and that they are committed to holding the administration accountable for how public funds are spent.