OPSEU/SEFPO celebrates International Workers’ Day

JP Hornick and Laurie Nancekivell with a group of people holding signs saying respect workers

This May Day, OPSEU/SEFPO joins workers around the world in celebrating International Workers’ Day. It’s a time to celebrate the labour movement’s many hard-fought achievements as we continue to build power in our solidarity.

It’s particularly poignant this May Day as a critical provincial election campaign begins this week. We have an opportunity to be a catalyst for change if we stand together and demand better.

We are tired of empty lip service from politicians – we want respect, dignity, and action! And if we join together and demand a fairer, safer Ontario that respects all workers, we can make our dreams a reality.

Today, let’s commit to joining together to elect a government that will eliminate anti-worker laws – like bills 124, 195 and 106 – that cut working people’s pay and infringe on frontline workers’ rights. We have had enough of Doug Ford and his anti-worker agenda, it’s time to elect a government that will do better.

We must continue to demand safe working conditions, a living wage, racial justice, and equal pay for equal work, as we fight for a better Ontario. We know it’s possible, as long as we stand together, just like the activists who stood in solidarity to achieve an eight-hour workday, paid parental leave, the right to refuse unsafe work, and stronger protections against harassment and discrimination. They made this province better for all workers. Together, we can make Ontario even better for the generations to come.

OPSEU/SEFPO’s platform for working people can be found at buildON2022.org – it’s our roadmap to a brighter future, and over the next month, our members will be mobilizing in every workplace and community to achieve just that.

Join us as we celebrate May Day, and as we work to build Ontario.

In Solidarity,

JP Hornick, President
Laurie Nancekivell, First Vice-President/Treasurer