Durham College has promised to take immediate action regarding their policy banning political activity of employees following receipt of a letter from OPSEU to Durham College President, Don Lovisa, on May 18, 2018.
Last week, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) slammed the college, saying it was violating academic freedom and democratic rights after an email was allegedly sent to employees by Durham College president Don Lovisa that referenced a policy that says employees may not “engage in political activity … inside and outside the workplace.”
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said he will continue to respond if he hears of other employers trying to suppress democratic participation. “Voter turnout is at an all-time low in this province,” he noted. “The last thing we need is ill-informed managers making a bad situation even worse.”