"I am confident that, when those ballots are counted, we will find that part-time college support staff have entrusted our union with the responsibility of improving their lives at work.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Thomas said it was “ironic, but not funny” that the government had passed Bill 148, which improves certain labour standards, “just a few days after it had walked all over the Charter rights of more than 12,000 workers.”
“When working people . . . say what they need, they have the power to get it. Bill 148 is a significant step forward for workers’ rights, and I think every union, community group, and individual who helped make it happen should take a bow.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The Portage Plains United Way says they have raised close to 30 per cent of their 2017 campaign goal of $232,000.
"We look forward to working with our new members and the city of Charlottetown to foster a safe, productive and just workplace culture.” — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President
This group of LifeLabs professionals is the first in Ontario to be unionized.
"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
The new team has trained up more than 30 new member engagers, and over the next few months they'll be reaching out to colleagues on the phone, in the worksite and at events.
“It is hypocritical of the colleges, who promise students a good job and a bright future, to turn around and force thousands of contract staff into jobs with low pay, no benefits, and no job security of any kind.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Today's result is another example of the important role unions play in fighting for workers' rights in today's economy and family-supporting jobs." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President