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Statement from OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas calling for media to respect Canadore workers’ privacy

OPSEU members who work at Canadore College will be holding a private meeting tonight to discuss their employer’s refusal to release the independent investigator’s response.

But I am calling on all media to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

As OPSEU’s President, I am the sole spokesperson for our members on this subject, and I will be making a statement on Friday about tonight’s meeting.

Canadore’s workplace is toxic and our members live in genuine fear of retribution and reprisal for discussing any aspect of their workplace. Many of them fear even being photographed or otherwise identified as having attended a union meeting about their workplace.

So again, I ask that you respect their privacy because of the difficult situation they are in.

On Friday, I will provide an update on OPSEU’s response to Canadore’s refusal to release the report.