Resources for OPSEU members
Working people didn’t cause the Great Recession of 2008-09, but
we’ve been paying for it from the start. First the high-rolling
financiers whose risky bets torpedoed the private sector had to be
bailed out by governments. Now those same financiers are demanding
deep cuts to public services, jobs, and wages to pay for the
bailouts – and protect the profits of private bondholders.
They might not get away with it. Around the world, working people
are saying NO to this “austerity” agenda. We’re refusing to pay for
a crisis they didn’t cause.
Here at home, fighting austerity starts with understanding it –and
knowing how to talk about it with your friends, family,
neighbours and co-workers. The materials
listed here are designed to help OPSEU members do exactly that.
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June 21, 2012 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas addressed issues
concerning the new Ontario Budget on CTV News shortly after it was passed
June 20, 2012 The Ontario Budget Bill 55 cleared the Legislature today,
but not without changes forced by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and the caucus. more...
June 19, 2012 News on developments at Queen’s Park here. .more...
Austerity in Ontario
May 18, 2012
This brief PowerPoint presentation provides basic facts about Dalton
McGuinty’s “austerity” campaign to cut public services, jobs and
wages. Complete with speaker’s notes, anyone can deliver it to local
meetings, bargaining team caucuses, area councils, or any other
Budget 2012 and the Public Sector’s Contribution to Ontario’s
April 18, 2012
OPSEU commissioned this report from the Centre for Spatial Economics
to quantify the economic damage to Ontario from the 2012 budget. The
report also compares the economic impacts of public service cuts vs.
tax increases. more...
Ontario Budget 2012 analysis
March 30, 2012
The Shock Doctrine Comes to Ontario
March 28, 2012
OPSEU’s analysis of the 2012 Ontario Budget
Out of Step With Ontario
February 16, 2012 OPSEU’s analysis of the report of the Commission on the Reform of
Ontario's Public Services (the Drummond Commission)
Questions and answers for supporters of good jobs, quality public
services, and healthy unions in Ontario