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Power of together: 100 per cent of Power Plant workers vote ‘yes’ to OPSEU/SEFPO

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on the Toronto Harbourfront

After a smart and strong internal organizing drive, 100 per cent of the workers at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on the Toronto waterfront have voted in favour of joining OPSEU/SEFPO.

“Hearty congratulations to all involved,” said OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “I’ve been in the labour movement for decades, but I haven’t seen many groups put in as much time and energy organizing themselves as the young workers at The Power Plant.

“They’ve elevated organizing to an art form, and I couldn’t be more proud that they’ve decided to join our union.”

The group of approximately 50 work at the well-known gallery – a part of Harbourfront Centre – as Gallery Attendants and Assistants, Art Installers, Art Technicians, Assistant Curators, Major Events Co-ordinators, Grants and Sponsorship Officers, Marketing and Communications Outreach Assistants, and Programs Assistants.

“Young workers are the future of our union. Judging by the passion, professionalism, and resolve of these new members, OPSEU/SEFPO has a very bright future in store,” said First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida. “They love the work they do, and they know they can do their work even better by standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the workplace and at the bargaining table.

“They can count on me and every one of our other 170,000 members to be standing right there with them.”

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