OPSEU members took part in a teletown hall on health care, which was held on April 23 from 7 to 8.30 p.m.
Some 30,000 members from seven OPSEU sectors were invited to participate, including workers in Sector 1 (Ambulance); Sector 8 (Long-Term Care); Sector 10 (Hospital Professionals); Sector 11 (Hospital Support); Sector 17 (Community Health Care Professionals); Sector 18 (Mental Health); and Sector 19 (CBS and Diagnostics).
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas responded to members’ questions. Also on hand were Rick Blair from the labour law firm Ryder Wright Blair and Holmes LLP, as well as Sector 10 Chair Sara Labelle, Sector 17 Chair Lucy Morton, Sector 11 Chair Jill McIllwraith, and Sector 18 Chair Ed Arvelin.
Over the course of 90 minutes, many important questions were raised, including Doug Ford’s agenda for health care and the so-called super-agency Ontario Health. There was a lot of lively discussion and many valuable insights into the future of health care in Ontario – and the hardworking people who provide it – under the Tories.