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Thomas, OPSEU members protest Ford fundraiser

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas rallies with OPSEU members outside a Doug Ford fundraiser rally

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and a large group of OPSEU leaders, executive board members, and activists braved the snow and cold to help lead the “United We Resist” protest outside of Doug Ford’s $1,250-a-plate cash-for-access fundraiser on February 27.

“While hundreds of thousands of Ontarians struggle to put food on the table and pay their hydro bills, the premier and his wealthy backers are inside eating gourmet meals and toasting their schemes to privatize and sell off our public services,” said Thomas. 

“We’re here to remind Ford’s backbenchers that they’ll pay a heavy political price if they continue to let Ford and his backroom boys get away with this kind of corruption and cronyism.”

Along with the OPSEU members the crowd of nearly 300 included members of a number of other unions and social justice allies such as the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. OPSEU had a much different idea on the ticket the Ford dinner guests should have been showing at the door:


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