January 31 2011: OPSEU president to address corporate tax cuts at pre-budget consultation


(TORONTO) – Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), will deliver a deputation that speaks against corporate tax cuts and addresses the importance of pubic services at the Queen’s Park pre-budget consultation at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, January 31.

Date: Monday, January 31

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Place: Queen’s Park, Toronto

Prior to the recession, Ontario consistently had the second-lowest program spending of any province in Canada. Real wages in the provincial public sector in Ontario only returned to 1992 levels in 2008. Meanwhile, the money saved through the wage freeze, which could run as high as $1.8 billion a year when fully phased in, will go to pay for corporate income tax cuts. None of it will go to save jobs, protect services, or pay down the deficit.

OPSEU has been publicly campaigning against corporate tax cuts since April 2010.

OPSEU represents over 125,000 Ontarians working in 500 bargaining units that span the entire public sector.

For more information:

Emily Visser, Bilingual Communications Officer