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February 27, 2018

“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

December 20, 2017

"They’ve chosen OPSEU/NUPGE because it’s the union best equipped to defend and advance the interests of mental health workers who, in turn, give their all to equip vulnerable individuals with the means to participate fully in the community." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

November 1, 2017

Mike Parker, NUPGE NEB member and HSAA President, addressed the PSI World Congress detailing how the labour movement can push legislators to ensure presumptive coverage for mental injuries is available to all workers.

October 26, 2017

To register for this workshop, HSABC/NUPGE members can visit

October 19, 2017

“The funding that has been allocated so far has not gone to acute care adult mental health programs. We’ve got higher acuity on wards than ever, and that is creating violent situations. In our workplaces, there is a violent act each and every day." Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division

October 11, 2017

"These staff, who provide care to our community’s most vulnerable individuals — some of whom are in mental health crises — are now facing their own mental health crises, and they’ve chosen to break the silence.” — Carol Warner, OPSEU staff representative

October 10, 2017

“We must all work together to create healthier workplaces and ensuring mental health issues are part of our focus is critical. We are pleased that today’s World Mental Health Day is shining a light on workplace mental health. ” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

August 31, 2017

“This study shows that paramedics and dispatchers are almost 5 times as likely to suffer a mental health injury as members of the general population." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice President

August 25, 2017

The fact that the province won’t commit to mandatory minimum requirements is problematic and dangerous,” said Thomas. “In the meantime, employers know that they’ll only get a slap on the wrist." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

August 16, 2017

“We’ve been told that the jails in North Bay and Sudbury will be replaced, but we have no idea when that might be. I’m calling on the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to act now — for the safety of staff and the security of inmates.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President