Nearly 2 weeks ago, a strong majority of these workers voted in favour of going on strike if the employer insists on a collective agreement that allows for contracting out.
“We definitely do not want to go on strike. But this strong strike vote shows that we’re not willing to let the employer reduce the quality of the services we provide by contracting work out." — MicheleThorn, OPSEU Local 454 Bargaining Chair
“For years we’ve raised red flags about the toxicity, bullying and harassment in this workplace. We are extremely hopeful that the results of this investigation will highlight the need for change at CMHA Elgin." —Tischa Forster, President of OPSEU local 133
"In other words, we’re being paid a fifth less for no good reason. That’s not only unjust — it will soon be illegal." — Mary Ellen Kelloway, OPSEU bargaining team chair
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) urges the public to show its love for public plowing by joining the Twitter rally on February 14.
“If we can’t trust grocers to sell bread, why should we trust them to act responsibly when it comes to the sale of a controlled substance like alcohol?” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This kind of silly game playing is just counterproductive. I hope they’re taking a more serious approach to negotiations with our correctional bargaining team, which is trying hard to fix the crisis in corrections.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Strike action is never the first choice, but AYSP staff have shown they will do what is necessary to reach an agreement." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The women who dedicate their lives to helping Indigenous women in need have found that they themselves are in need." — Kareen Marshall, Chair of OPSEU’s Community Agencies Division
“When we first sat down at the table, the employer demanded a slate of concessions, including benefits cuts for most of the membership. But the bargaining team was able to remove every, single concession. This was a great victory.” — Julie Lenko, OPSEU Chair of the LHINs’ central bargaining team