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Established decades ago, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO) represents over 180,000 public sector employees in Ontario, improving their working conditions, wages, benefits, and job security.

A diverse group of people

Should I Join?

When you join a strong union like OPSEU/SEFPO, you’re joining 180,000 other front-line workers always pushing to make things better for the people we support and care for.
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Better job security

If you’re scared of losing your job, join OPSEU/SEFPO. We’ve stopped thousands of COVID-related layoffs at many of our workplaces.

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Better wages

Join OPSEU/SEFPO to dramatically increase your chances of getting the wages you deserve.

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Better benefits

If you want a pension, health coverage, paid vacation, paid sick leave, overtime pay and other benefits, join OPSEU/SEFPO

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Better voice

In the community, in the media, and at Queen’s Park, OPSEU/SEFPO is one of the strongest voices pushing for stronger investment in health care, mental health, education, and social services. Just a few of our many wins:
  • Prevented layoffs in dozens of different workplaces during the pandemic
  • $1 billion extra for Development Services to cut waitlists
  • Potential pension coverage for millions of non-profit workers
  • Millions in pay equity payouts to workers just like you

Added benefits

Very low dues – just pennies an hour

At just 1.375 per cent, OPSEU/SEFPO has some of the lowest union dues in the country.


There’s strength in numbers, and joining OPSEU/SEFPO means that when you and your co-workers speak, your managers have to listen.
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Workplace and legal experts

OPSEU/SEFPO’s 300+ staff includes experts in bargaining, grievance handling, pensions, benefits, health and safety, pay equity, human rights, communications, campaigns, education, research and organizing.

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Transparency & accountability

Joining OPSEU/SEFPO and bargaining a collective agreement means putting everything important down in writing. That keeps management transparent and accountable for its decisions.
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OPSEU/SEFPO members receive a range of discounts on things like insurance, wireless service, travel, and tickets to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre.

What’s next?

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We will lay out the process for you in easy-to-understand terms.

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Get information​

OPSEU/SEFPO will work with you to develop strong demands to improve your wages and working conditions.

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Sign membership cards​

With OPSEU/SEFPO’s help, every eligible employee is asked to sign a confidential OPSEU/SEFPO membership card.


“I started getting involved in OPSEU/SEFPO when I was working as a mental health nurse. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – I hope you’ll make the same good decision, too.”

Warren (Smokey) Thomas
President, OPSEU/SEFPO

“I was working as a Correctional Officer when I became a member. You won’t find a union that’s got a bigger voice – and a bigger heart – than OPSEU/SEFPO.”

Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida
First Vice-President/Treasurer, OPSEU/SEFPO 

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