"They stood up for all developmental services workers when they went out on strike. These workers drew a line in the sand; they held solid and they won." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“At a time when the provincial government is talking about changing the way these social services are delivered, I think it makes sense that they’d want to join with others who work in the sector.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“MSP helps some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable citizens in their most desperate times. How can the government turn their backs on people so desperately in need of help?” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“It’s employers like this one who help maintain the massive gender wage gap in Ontario.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The RCY’s report verifies that a lack of reliable or adequate funding continues to fail vulnerable Indigenous children in our province." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Striking workers at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton welcome donations to their hardship fund.
“If government has any respect for northerners’ right to make choices about northern education, this is the time to show it. Imposing decisions that run contrary to the needs of local people is not a responsible way forward." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“The failure to fund the necessary work to implement the recommendations brings the government’s commitment to the action plan into serious doubt.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Shelter House of Thunder Bay provided shelter to 928 individuals for a total of 20,352 bed stays in 2016. The SOS program provided 4,923 transports, and gave out 21,696 amenities such as blankets, coats, food, and water to homeless people in need.
Watch OPSEU/NUPGE's new video, Telling our stories: reimagining the safety net, about social services and social service workers in Ontario.