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COVID-19 has taught us a lot about ourselves – for the better

As hopefully we are starting to come out the COVID-19 crisis, we should pause to think about what is getting us through this now, and how we can use it to solve other challenges in the future. Determination, kindness, understanding, and humility come to mind when I think of the past two months. Sure, there……

To all the workers on the front lines: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

In the face of COVID-19, we are strong. We are OPSEU strong. And we are Ontario strong.  We have a simple message to each and every worker who continues to do critical work – in both the public and private sector – thank you. Thank you for every sacrifice you’re making and every risk you’re……

Fewer public services isn’t the answer; demands set by COVID-19 prove this

COVID-19 has everyone understandably on edge. But we are in a good place – for now. A robust healthcare system – with around-the-clock monitoring and world-class medical professionals – is the answer to protecting the public and coming up with even better protocols and solutions if there is a similar threat in the future. At……

Ask not what your union can do for you

My last blog struck a positive chord with the majority of you who wrote in and I’m glad it did because that is why I wrote it. I come from a large family and sometimes I had to speak in plain and blunt terms to get everyone’s attention. The same is true of the other……

Member money matters

We’ve been through a year and a half of Premier Doug Ford’s government and I don’t think you need me to tell you we are in for a tough fight ahead. Scary as many of the Conservatives’ actions are, I think there is a lot more bad news ahead.  I’ll get to that in a……

This holiday season reach out and make someone’s day

It’s been quite a year as things slow down for the holiday season, it’s a good time to be thankful for what we have and also thank those who we work with at OPSEU. Yes there has been bad news. Together we face a government whose policies pose a significant threat to how we do……

Hope for the best, prepared for the worst

At heart, I think of myself as a cautious optimist. I like to hope to be the best, but I always prepare for the worst. Sadly, most OPSEU members are now facing prospects close to the worst: another three years of falling further behind. Mr. Ford’s government just passed a law that will leave most……

The change we want is the change we create

There’s a buzz around OPSEU head office these days and we couldn’t bee more pleased. This summer, we partnered with the GTA’s Bee Company to install 10 hives on the roof of our Toronto head office. It’s early days, but so far things are looking good. The population of these hives has now swelled to……

We’re citizens, not just consumers

The federal election campaign has officially kicked-off and as the rhetoric ramps up, Ontarians have a minefield of messages to navigate. It’s easy to buy into the selfish individualism of “getting ahead.” More money in your pocket might mean you can buy more “stuff” but definitely not a higher quality of life. Politicians promising a……

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Despite all the bad news we’re bombarded with on a daily basis, this is the best time to be alive. We’re living longer, healthier lives, we’re more educated and we’ve made groundbreaking achievements in science and technology like never before. Our future is bright, but it must start with a fundamental respect for working people……

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Doug Ford had one helluva party during his first year in office. It was almost like watching one of those college movies like Van Wilder or Animal House — things got out of hand. Tax breaks and privatization deals for the rich. Endless six-figure jobs for friends and family members. A personal party bus complete……

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It takes commitment, hard work and some time to build a powerful movement. It also takes resources and experience to make it all work. That’s why I’m honoured to continue to serve our members as OPSEU’s First Vice-President/Treasurer.  We’ve built a powerful machine, but making it work takes sound finances and strong investment. We believe……

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They say budgets are a roadmap to the future. But the budget tabled a couple weeks ago by Vic Fedeli and Doug Ford isn’t a roadmap, it’s a getaway plan. This government is running a heist on OUR hard earned money, stealing it away from us and giving it to their rich backers. The question……

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America is a nice place to visit. But like most people in Ontario, I sure wouldn’t want to live there. I wouldn’t want to live in a place where a health problem could bankrupt me and my family. Or where mass shootings happen almost every day.  Or where for-profit jails are stuffed to the rafters……

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Hello friends, How we can stop our provincial bully boss Doug Ford? Well what do we do when the boss is a bully? It’s a question on the minds of millions of Ontarians and many hundreds of thousands of frontline public service workers across Ontario, because our boss – Doug Ford – is using just……

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