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February 15, 2017

Thousands of OPSEU members took part in four recent telephone town halls for workers in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Two were held on February 9 for members of the Correctional Bargaining Unit. It will be bargaining for a new standalone collective agreement, to be effective January 1, 2018.

July 21, 2016

Dr. Wayne Lewchuk1 School of Labour Studies and Department of Economics McMaster University
July 2016

July 20, 2016

Toronto – Dr. Wayne Lewchuk has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Ontario government over implementation of its Social Assistance Management System (SAMS). In a 55-page report released July 19, the McMaster University economics professor labelled SAMS a “health and safety disaster.”

May 2, 2016

Despite 18 months of problems associated with the software responsible for tracking Ontarians on social assistance, the Ontario government has awarded a two-year $32-million IT contract aimed at servicing the software to the same company that created it.

April 28, 2016

Toronto – Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Minister of Community and Social Services must go following revelations that Helena Jaczek knew the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) was deeply flawed even before it was rolled out.

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December 2, 2014 Honourable Kevin Daniel Flynn Ministry of Labour 14th Floor, 400 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario M7A 1T7 Dear Minister Flynn:
Cabinet Ministers and MPPs who attended the OPSEU and ODSP Action Coalition Lobby April 10, 2013 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Committee Room 230 Queen’s Park
Congratulations to all OPSEU Locals that took part in Community Engagement Week June 11 through June 17.
Sault Ste. Marie - Members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 601 held a Sidewalk Bake Sale and Rally to protest changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program June 21.


SAMS Campaign


Saturday, May 27, 2017 (All day)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:45pm