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October 23, 2017
More than 12,000 OPSEU college faculty members continue to make headlines following the start of their strike at 12:01 a.m. October 16, 2017.
October 20, 2017
More than 12,000 OPSEU college faculty members continue to make headlines following the start of their strike at 12:01 a.m. October 16, 2017.
October 19, 2017
More than 12,000 OPSEU college faculty members continue to make headlines following the start of their strike at 12:01 a.m. October 16, 2017.
October 19, 2017
Region 2 Vice President Lucy Morton addressed St.
October 18, 2017
More than a week after the We Own It town hall meeting in Brockville on October 10, local media outlets are still reporting on it.
October 18, 2017
More than 12,000 OPSEU college faculty members continue to make headlines following the start of their strike at 12:01 a.m. October 16, 2017.
October 17, 2017
More than 12,000 OPSEU college faculty members continue to make headlines following the start of their strike at 12:01 a.m. October 16, 2017.
October 16, 2017
More than 12,000 OPSEU college faculty members are making headlines today following the start of their strike this morning. Click the links below to see a sampling of some of the coverage.
October 13, 2017
There has been much debate in the news, social media and social service reports on segregation/solitary confinement and interest groups, such as the Ontario Ombudsman’s office, have been calling to
October 10, 2017
Their political stripes spanned the spectrum, but for one night they all had one thing in common: An opposition to privatizing and closing public services.
October 5, 2017
On October 4, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas hosted a press conference in St.
October 5, 2017
Staff at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Elgin branch held an info picket on Wednesday in response to harassment by upper management in their workplace.
October 5, 2017
Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas traveled to St.
October 5, 2017
OPSEU Region 3 We Own It mobilizers and Executive Board Members hosted a We Own It town hall meeting in Barrie on Tuesday, October 3.
September 29, 2017
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority chair Sandy Annunziata met with regional staff in September to get Niagara Region to take on more of the planning portion of its watershed management respon
September 28, 2017
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has cut eight frontline staff in a move that has angered the union, stunned local MPPs and incensed local environmental activists. 
September 21, 2017
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority board’s approval of its 2018 operating budget is being applauded by the agency’s CAO and panned by the union. OPSEU, the union that represents the workers,
September 20, 2017
London West MPP Peggy Sattler put Liberal cabinet ministers on the spot Wednesday when she asked about government plans to help improve job security and bring in "equal pay for equal work" for cont
September 18, 2017
Welland NDP MPP Cindy Forster delivered a comprehensive and blistering critique of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in the Ontario legislature this week, and received cross-party suppor
September 12, 2017
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas was on Hamilton talk radio this week to chat with CHML-AM's Scott Thompson about how selling cannabis through the LCBO will affect cannabis retail workers.
September 12, 2017
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas appeared on the Larry Fedoruk radio show on Newstalk 610 CKTB in the Niagara region to discuss the sale of cannabis through the LCBO, and the toxic workplace
September 10, 2017
Concerned about the racist overtones of a proposed anti-loitering bylaw in Leamington, a group of activists held a rally on Sunday, September 10.
September 8, 2017
The president of the public sector union expects the sale of recreational marijuana to create about 2,000 new public sector jobs in Ontario in the next three or four years.
September 8, 2017
Correctional officers at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario say they're concerned about an increase in the amount of fentanyl getting inside the facility.
September 7, 2017
Various media outlets reported on the results of the workplace stress survey completed by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority employees earlier this year.
August 28, 2017
Media outlets reported last week on the upcoming strike vote at Ontario colleges.
August 25, 2017
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU, will be on the Roy Green radio show on Sunday, August 27 at approximately 4:05 p.m.
August 21, 2017
Paramedics on Beausoleil First Nation voted to join OPSEU in June.
August 18, 2017
Former OPSEU Local 604 member-activist Janice Martell has spent years fighting for justice for miners whose health has been harmed by exposure to aluminum-based McIntyre powder.
August 18, 2017
Sir Adam Beck spent his political career fighting for affordable hydro. On Aug. 15, several dozen Londoners gathered to pay tribute to Beck on the 92nd anniversary of his death.
August 16, 2017
Opioid overdoses are on the rise in Ontario prisons, and correctional officers are doing what they can to protect themselves.
August 15, 2017
OPSEU is demanding that the government act immediately to improve living conditions at North Bay Jail in the wake of a riot Saturday evening that lasted about nine hours.
August 14, 2017
Media reports indicate that a riot broke out damaging a number of rooms and one correctional officer was allegedly taken to hospital.
August 9, 2017
More than a dozen of the former Wardens of Grey County wrote an open letter on Aug. 2 criticizing the current Grey County Council for voting to privatize long-term care.
August 9, 2017
On August 3, 2017, John Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane, wrote an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne regarding the recent closure of the LCBO outlet in Larder Lake, which is about 35 kilom
August 9, 2017
After 33-years, North York shelter scheduled for demolition and rebirth, but laid-off workers worry about gaps in service during interim.
August 4, 2017
When people in Hamilton frantically dial 911, increasingly, no ambulance crews are free to respond.
August 4, 2017
Dozens of people in Brant are joining forces to fight privatization.
July 28, 2017
500 people marched in Brockville's sixth annual Pride parade on July 15.
July 28, 2017
We Own It mobilizers greeted Premier Kathleen Wynne during her tour on July 27 of the Chatham-Kent Museum.
July 27, 2017
A faction of two dozen Ontario Public Service Employees Union protesters gathered outside the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation early last Wednesday morning to voice their disappointment and out
July 26, 2017
The union representing the YMCA workers in Sudbury and North Bay says time is running out to reach a first contract.
July 20, 2017
More than 85 per cent of Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) workers say their workplace is harmful to mental health, according to a stress survey conducted by the Ontario Public Servic
July 13, 2017
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) asked Ontario's Labour Ministry this week to appoint a conciliator in its contract negotiations with the College Employer Council when talks stall
July 7, 2017
One of OPSEU's international partners in the fight against privatization has scored a huge victory, leading a successful fight against a P3 scheme to expand a hospital in Australia.
July 6, 2017
Unionized workers at New Path Youth and Family Services could go on strike later this month.
July 6, 2017
Workers at New Path Youth and Family Services are poised to go on strike after the union says management offered gift cards instead of a pay raise.
July 4, 2017
Measures taken in recent months by the provincial government to improve conditions at the Ottawa jail have proven successful enough that they should be considered for all facilities in Ontario, acc
June 28, 2017
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas was on Owen Sound's Midweek with Murdoch on June 28, giving kudos to all the Grey
June 27, 2017
At a time when Ontario prison officials have vowed to take a more humane approach to inmate care, the province has recorded a significant rise in the number of suicide attempts in its correctional
June 23, 2017
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, joined Breakfast Television to talk about the LCBO strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Monday.
June 22, 2017
OPSEU sets up strike headquarters outside LCBO head office
June 22, 2017
As we draw closer to a possible Monday strike at LCBO outlets, it’s become fashionable in some circles to lambaste LCBO workers as being greedy and out of touch.
June 21, 2017
In the wake of the launch of LiqiLeaks.ca and an accompanying province-wide ad campaign, media outlets from across Ontario are covering the issues faced by workers and the possibility of a strike o
June 21, 2017
Twenty-five St. Joseph's Care Group staff members will be out of work when the organization's mental health care services are transferred to the new St.
June 20, 2017
About 100 people signed their names to a petition demanding the province stop privatizing public properties, The O
June 20, 2017
With just days to go before a potential strike, employees at the LCBO are blasting the province for alleged mistreatment and accusing Premier Kathleen Wynne's government of hypocrisy over its propo
June 20, 2017
Global News, CTV and CP24 covered OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas’ midday media availability during an information picket by members at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto.
June 20, 2017
Workers at the Legal Aid Ontario office in Peterborough have voted in favour of unionizing.
June 19, 2017
Sheila Block, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, joins a panel on CBC’s On The Money to discuss the LCBO labour situation.
June 19, 2017
With the deadline for a deal a week away, media coverage over the weekend focused on the union's launch of LiqiLeaks.ca and the stories about working conditions shared by members through the site.
June 16, 2017
The OPSEU-led "We Own It" campaign picked up favourable news coverage at its town hall meeting at the Benson Centre in Cornwall June 12. Panel member and OPSEU Regional Vice-President (Region 4) Ga
June 15, 2017
Algonquin College's failed, men-only college in Saudi Arabia has lost $6.2 million in both operating losses and costs associated with exiting the deal, according to figures released Monday at the s
June 15, 2017
The provincial government has signed another quick deal giving thousands of civil servants a 7.5-per-cent raise over four years, prompting accusations the Liberals are buying labour peace for next
June 13, 2017
Premier Kathleen Wynne is hopeful job action by LCBO employees can be averted so Ontarians can toast the nation’s 150th birthday on Canada Day.
June 13, 2017
Talks between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) continue, but the danger of a possible strike bleeding into Canada Day long weekend a
June 9, 2017
OPSEU members continue carrying their plan for “A Better LCBO” across Ontario with a fourth week of information pickets. LCBO workers bring labour concerns to public
June 8, 2017
Seven Grey County councillors successfully delayed by at least two weeks a final vote on the county's long-term care plans by walking out of a council meeting Thursday, reports the
June 7, 2017
Time is running out for the LCBO to reach a deal with its unionized workers.
June 6, 2017
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says it has requested a no board report from the Ministry of Labour.
June 5, 2017
LCBO workers staged an information picket in North Bay Friday to drum up public support and draw attention to contract concerns ahead of talks set to resume next week.
June 2, 2017
As OPSEU members at the LCBO continued with a third week of information pickets, coverage from media focused on concerns about casual work and scheduling, worker safety, job security, and the threa
June 1, 2017
The debate over the future of Grey Gables and Rockwood Terrace long term care homes isn't over yet.
May 30, 2017
“Privatization hurts us.
May 29, 2017
It’s known as “We Own It” — a grassroots movement that is trying to create awareness about the privatization of provincial assets and how to save public services. A rally in Kingston on Friday, May
May 29, 2017
A vote by Grey County council to overhaul long-term care and sell the Grey Gables long-term care facility is facing a strong challenge from union and community activists.
May 26, 2017
The second week of pickets brought continued coverage from local and regional media outlets across the province.
May 24, 2017
In these Sudbury Star videos, We Own It mobilizer Jamie Kensley talks about why he and others want t
May 24, 2017
Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown continued to voice his disapproval of the Liberal’s government decision to privatize provincial assets during an OPSEU rally in Penetanguishene last week.
May 23, 2017
Trained Ministry of Natural Resource officers — not police officers — should deal with so-called nuisance bears, OPSEU president Warren “Smokey” Thomas says.
May 19, 2017
With pickets underway in communities across Ontario, local and regional media outlets came out to talk to workers about the issues facing them at the table, and the importance of keeping the public
May 18, 2017
OPSEU members picketed outside the Orangeville LCBO yesterday to raise awareness of the growing number of casual employees, who now make up more than 84 per cent of the LCBO’s retail workers.
May 12, 2017
In part one of Global News’ investigation into Ontario’s probation system, chief investigative correspondent Carolyn Jarvis looks at how the lack of monitoring in the system is leaving many crimina
May 5, 2017
Some new provincial funding is on the way for Health Sciences North in Sudbury.
May 5, 2017
Catherine Saulino wants to make her community a better place.
May 5, 2017
The May 4 announcement that Thunder Bay is getting a new jail is welcome news in the northern city, OPSEU Local 708's Mike Lundy told CBC News today.
May 4, 2017
Denis Collin, a correctional officer and president of the OPSEU local representing correctional officers at the jail, comments.
May 1, 2017
Ottawa’s jail has been so full some weekends that inmates have had to sleep on the floor in the day room of a segregation area typically reserved for those with mental illness.
April 28, 2017
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas reacted this morning to Ontario’s 2017 budget measures for transforming the province’s correctional system.
April 27, 2017
Union officials including Smokey Thomas, President of OPSEU, addressed supporters and activists before the NPCA Board meeting.
April 26, 2017
93% of LCBO workers support strike mandate in province-wide vote, union says
April 24, 2017
A province-wide strike vote for thousands of LCBO staff workers has begun and the union representing the workers says the province's "ill-advised plan" to sell alcohol in grocery stores is a key co
April 24, 2017
LCBO workers will be holding a strike vote Monday and Tuesday. OPSEU says the contract proposals they’re being presented with “look like they’ve been ripped out of the past.” They’re bringing stron
April 21, 2017
If not for a mundane tweet, two forthcoming investigations into solitary confinement would likely never have been launched – and a young Indigenous man named Adam Capay might still be languishing i
April 20, 2017
OPSEU President Thomas will be in Campbellford this Saturday for another rally on the picket line at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton.
April 20, 2017
On Wednesday, OPSEU members from across the province came together to picket in front of Pathways to Independence and Quinte West Community Living, two agencies that have been sending managers to c
April 11, 2017
The head of Ontario Public Service Employees Union is demanding the resignation of David Barrick, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s Director of Corporate Services.
April 7, 2017
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says a strike is looming over the province’s liquor retailer if a new contract deal isn’t reached with LCBO management by April 24th.
April 6, 2017
Creeping privatization at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario is behind a tough round of labour talks that’s headed for a strike vote later this month, says the president of the union representing
April 5, 2017
LCBO workers represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union will hold a strike vote on April 24 and 25.
April 5, 2017
OPSEU members working at the LCBO continued their antiprivatization campaign with an information picket in North Bay last Saturday.
March 31, 2017
A delegation of OPSEU women was in New York City this month for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
March 28, 2017
Port Colborne City Council has called a moratorium on the privatization of public services.
March 24, 2017
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, blasted failed Liberal and Conservative policies in a move to convince beer, cider, and wine buyers to stop buying t
March 24, 2017
Striking workers at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton (Local 316) continue garnering public support, and are gearing up for a rally Monday where OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will be
March 24, 2017
Citizens opposed to the selloff of Grey Gables, a long-term care home in Markdale, near Owen Sound, packed a county council meeting on March 23 to show their support for publicly run long-term care
March 23, 2017
OPSEU members at Community Living Campbellford/Brighton are “revved up” and showing a united front on the picket line in Campbellford, Ontario.
March 20, 2017
The Fort Frances Times covered the We Own It presentation made to Fort Frances town council on March 15 by OPSEU Local 735
March 18, 2017
A union denounces the intimidation at La Cité
March 9, 2017
After being threatened by OPSEU with legal action, Community Living Tillsonburg will finally comply with the Pay Equity Act, and staff wages will jump by $1.60 an hour for 2017 as a result
March 2, 2017
Ange Thompson is with the OPSEU-supported Hydro Not For Sale campaign. She tells radio host Craig Needles that the Wynne's government's latest scheme to quell criticism is just another shell game.
February 27, 2017
Joined by dozens of community members, union allies, and We Own It mobilizers, OPSEU members working at the LCBO braved brutal weather as they demonstrated outside a Kingston LCBO on Saturday.
February 24, 2017
Joined by We Own It! mobilizers and a number of community members, OPSEU members working at the LCBO hosted another successful information picket Thursday, this time in Sault Ste. Marie.
February 22, 2017
A group of people involved with the We Own It campaign, including OPSEU Region 1 Executive Board Member Laurie Nancekivell and OPSEU member mobilizer Jordan McGrail, convinced Chatham MPP Rick Nich
February 18, 2017
Residents of Belle River want a publicly run ServiceOntario centre, a community meeting on Saturday heard.
February 18, 2017
LCBO workers staged an information picket in Windsor Saturday as part of their union’s ongoing campaign against the continuing expansion of alcohol sales to grocery stores.
February 16, 2017
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to state in writing that her government will not take money from public sector pension funds to spend elsewhere.
February 9, 2017
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is urging Kingston city council to resist using a public-private partnership (P3) to finance a new crossing over the Cataraqui River.
February 6, 2017
The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre needs major improvements to its phycial infrastructure, OPSEU Local 411 president Denis Collin told listeners on CBC's Ottawa Morning last week.
January 31, 2017
While college presidents and senior managers in the public service are pushing for even fatter salaries, the government is squeezing public services on the frontlines, says OPSEU President Smokey T
January 27, 2017
Ontario colleges sent back to drawing table to readjust wage hikes for execs
January 27, 2017
As Premier Kathleen Wynne visited North Bay Wednesday, OPSEU member and We Own It mobilizer Catherine Saulino was interviewed by CTV about the role privatization plays in rising tuition fees.
January 27, 2017
Following allegations of tampering with union elections in 2013, Algonquin College will forfeit $100,000 in faculty union fees, provide training in labour relations to managers, and remain neutral
January 25, 2017
Pay hike considered for Confederation College president
January 25, 2017
Geri Kakeeway, a member of the OPSEU Indigenous Circle, will be travelling to Guatemala next month.
January 24, 2017
With the closure this week of Belle River’s ServiceOntario office and no immediate new operator on the horizon, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union is urging the province to step in to fill
January 19, 2017
Ontario college executives are angling for big pay increases by claiming their salaries should match those of executives of much larger organizations, says RM Kennedy, chair of OPSEU's College Acad
January 19, 2017
Ambulance dispatchers say they're getting electrical jolts through their headsets
January 18, 2017
The chair of OPSEU's Academic Workers Divisional Executive, RM Kennedy, expressed concern this week over Ontario colleges' recently-announced proposal to increase executive pay by as much as 54 per
January 12, 2017
OPSEU Region 3 Regional Vice-President Sara Labelle commented this week on the severe hospital bed shortage in the Durham region.
January 10, 2017
OPSEU Region 3 Regional Vice-President Sara Labelle commented today on the severe hospital bed shortages across Ontario that have resulted from a lack of provincial funding -- not the seasonal flu
December 31, 2016
Here’s a thought for our political leaders as they set their 2017 goals: Ontario needs a working class hero and you could be it.
December 16, 2016
The Ontario government "is hiring more than 200 staff to focus on prisoners with mental-health needs and inmates in solitary confinement," the Globe and Mail reports.
December 15, 2016
Sault Online featured an article this week about the letter-writing event being organized by We Own It member mobilizer Carole Gregorcic.
December 12, 2016
Members of OPSEU’s Liquor Board Employees Division rallied in downtown Toronto Friday evening to urge shoppers to say no to buying beer and wine in grocery stores and choose the public option inste
December 12, 2016
The Canadian Association of University Teachers is turning up the heat on Niagara College over the college's operations in Saudi Arabia.
December 7, 2016
Staff shortages and new rules around segregation are just two of the reasons violence in Ontario jails is "out of control," OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says.
December 6, 2016
This month's issue of Canadian Business Journal features a profile of OPSEU and a wide-ranging conversation with President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
December 5, 2016
How many of the Ontario Liberal’s millionaire and billionaire friends cared about what Ontario’s Auditor General reported last week?
November 26, 2016
LCBO workers want to see alcohol sales removed from local grocery stores.
November 21, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas joined forces with CUPE Ontario’s Fred Hahn and hundreds of parents to protest the possible closure of up to 145 Ontario schools, mostly in rural areas.
November 18, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new "P3 bank" is set to make Canadians pay billions too much for big public infrastructure projects.
November 15, 2016
On Monday, Nov. 14, OPSEU released polling data that shows the vast majority of Ontarians are opposed to the privatization of public services.
November 7, 2016
Residents of West Durham gathered on Saturday to oppose the multi-million dollar hospital restructuring plans in the region. Click here to view the full
November 5, 2016
Demonstrators, including OPSEU members, gathered Saturday outside the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital to voice their concern over the impending merger of the Rouge Valley Health System wit
October 29, 2016
When Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced the expansion of wine sales into up to 70 grocery stores Friday, OPSEU members were there to tell the other side of the story.
October 20, 2016
I finally had the chance this week to ask Premier Kathleen Wynne’s business adviser, Ed Clark, if he loses sleep at night knowing his advice to sell off Hydro One is one of the most unpopular decis
October 19, 2016
At a press conference on October 17, representatives of OPSEU expressed deep concern about "ill-advised and expensive" hospital mergers that will undermine the health of nearly a million people liv
October 18, 2016
Effective immediately, Ontario jails and correctional facilities will only use segregation as “a measure of last resort.” That’s the major takeaway 19 months after the Ministry of Community Safety
October 17, 2016
"The bosses have not been affected by this austerity at all while workers really and truly have fallen behind," OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says in this
October 6, 2016
Our family’s annual Thanksgiving tradition is to stand and say what we’re thankful for, and no one can leave the table till they’ve had their say.
October 5, 2016
A $2,100 donation from OPSEU locals is setting the stage to help indigenous youth from outside Thunder Bay succeed at school in the city,
October 3, 2016
OPSEU's Indigenous Circle made the news in Cornwall this weekend for hosting a major conference to discuss the union's response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconcilation Commission
October 3, 2016
OPSEU members working for the Town of Midland are ramping up their campaign for a fair contract, Ou
September 15, 2016
CBC News examines how addiction counsellor layoffs at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre will shortchange patients who are struggling with substance abuse issues. 
September 12, 2016
Read OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas's take on today's Speech from the Throne in this
September 9, 2016
An analysis by Local 110, representing academic workers at Fanshawe College, examines the deal between McDonald’s and Colleges Ontario and the arguments being made by advocates and opponents of the
August 30, 2016
CBC News reports on the results of a Nanos Research poll commissioned by OPSEU, which shows that Ontarians prefer the LCBO’s trained workers to be responsible for sales of marijuana after legalizat
August 30, 2016
A new survey shows many Ontarians rank the LCBO as their top choice for where legalized marijuana should be sold.
August 29, 2016
A groundbreaking deal with fast-food giant McDonalds’ to grant Ontario college credits for corporate training is being slammed as “a chilling precedent for outsourcing public education to private c
August 25, 2016
Warren “Smokey” Thomas says colleges have a bright future if labour and management representatives can trust each other and keep the dialogue open.
August 25, 2016
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union opposes the recent partnership between McDonald's Canada and Ontario's colleges to offer advance placement to the chain's managers who complete some inter
August 19, 2016
A member of OPSEU Local 381 and member of Citizens Coalition Against Privatization (CCAP), Joel Usher writes in a letter to the Toronto Star for the case against privatizing
August 16, 2016
Algonquin College is ending its operations in Saudi Arabia, citing financial reasons.
August 12, 2016
Ontario says there are no plans to close residential schools for special needs students, but the Liberal government issued conflicting statements Monday about the schools' future.
August 12, 2016
After just three years, Algonquin College is pulling out of Saudi Arabia.
August 9, 2016
Those dissatisfied with the privatisation of Hydro One expressed their opinion directly to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Sault MPP David Orazietti on Monday. Wynne and Orazietti held a barbecu
August 8, 2016
Sagonaska is staying open for the foreseeable future, but officials say they aren’t celebrating yet. Monday morning, the Ministry of Education announced it would be keeping its provincial and demon
August 8, 2016
Ontario says there are no plans to close residential schools for special needs students, but the Liberal government won't say if that is a permanent decision. Parents and staff protested after the
July 29, 2016
LCBO employees have a clear message to the Wynne government: "Stop privatizing alcohol." Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) were at the LCBO on Howard Avenue today, provi
July 28, 2016
A small group of OPSEU members picketed MPP David Orazietti’s office Thursday afternoon with a lot of questions but no answers.  Orazietti is now the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional S
July 27, 2016
A new provincial bill designed to clean up political donations was slammed by local groups who say it would muzzle debate. Ron Kelly, an official with Local 109 of the Ontario Public Service Employ
July 19, 2016
Penetanguishene - Walk-through metal detectors should be installed at all program areas and wards at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, says the union representing its employees.
July 18, 2016
YMCA staff in employment and newcomer services have voted to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the union announced this week.
July 14, 2016
Penetanguishene – There has been another attack on staff at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Centre.
July 7, 2016
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has launched a media blitz to highlight what it sees as unsafe working conditions at Penetanguishene’s Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.
July 4, 2016
The “leave” campaign in the U.K.
June 29, 2016
OPSEU workers and staff gathered on Wednesday in front of the ServiceOntario outlet at 2800 Highpoint Drive in Milton, one of 10 outlets that until recently were slated for closure by the Liberal g
June 29, 2016
Hospital officials say it’s too soon to tell how many jobs will be affected by the merger. They say the same services will continue to be offered to patients.
June 28, 2016
One in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health illness or problem during their lifetime, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
June 23, 2016
A protest was held in Westdale Mall Wednesday to contest the closure of a ServiceOntario office.
June 21, 2016
Ensuring recreational marijuana sales are restricted to the LCBO is a key priority for Ontario as the legalization of weed looms, says Premier Kathleen Wynne.
June 16, 2016
An article in the Muskoka Region this week outlined the impacts of a potential MPAC strike for municipalities across the province and reported on OPSEU members’ push for a fair deal that reflects t
May 31, 2016
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has a lot to say "I'm sorry" about, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said in a Toronto Sun column today.
May 13, 2016
OPSEU is proud to announce that eight members have received the prestigious Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery.
May 3, 2016
OPSEU and the Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) recently demonstrated their support for the new Student Centre at Trent, each donating $5,000 in support of the Student Centre Challenge.
May 2, 2016
Despite 18 months of problems associated with the software responsible for tracking Ontarians on social assistance, the Ontario government has awarded a two-year $32-million IT contract aimed at se
April 28, 2016
According to local personal support workers with Ontario Public Service Employees Union the Victoria Order of Nurses is calling them back to the negotiating table.
April 28, 2016
Sara Labelle, chair of the Hospital Professionals Division of OPSEU, was at Durham Regional Council on Wednesday to ask for support in the Ontario health coalition referendum.
April 28, 2016
The CEO of Canadian Blood Services says he won't rule out paying Canadians for their plasma donations.  OPSEU fiercely opposes this move.  So does the Globe and Mail. 
April 21, 2016
Two sets of hospital workers voted this week to choose which union will represent them — once they merge at Providence Care’s new hospital.
April 17, 2016
In a guest column in the Toronto Sun, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas urges the premier to take action now and stop driving the gender wage gap wider in the public sector by cutting women’s
April 13, 2016
Staff at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care are sounding alarm bells about safety, saying they regularly face danger in their jobs and management has not done much to help.
April 12, 2016
Charges have been laid following an assault at Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene last week.
April 10, 2016
Police, firefighters and paramedics with post-traumatic stress disorder will no longer have to prove it was caused by tragedies they handled on the job, erasing a major roadblock to prompt treatmen
April 7, 2016
There are clearly huge safety and security problems at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, particularly in its $474-million Atrium building, which has housed the most dan
April 7, 2016
An inmate at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) says inmates at the facility have to beg for toilet paper and are denied proper medical treatment.
April 7, 2016
Nurses at Ontario’s all-male maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Penetanguishene warned the Sun back in September they fear for their lives.
April 6, 2016
In a guest column published in today's Toronto Sun, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas calls on Premier Wynne to launch an independent investigation after
April 6, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on Corrections Minister Yasir Naqvi to resign over his “inept” handling of Ottawa’s jail.
April 1, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas toured the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London, Ont. on Thursday.
March 30, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas was a guest on 1310 NEWS on Wednesday, discussing the Crisis in Corrections.
March 29, 2016
Correctional Services Minister Yasir Naqvi says he has put an end to the “absolutely appalling” practice of squeezing inmates into shower cells at the Innes Road jail, but correctional officers say
March 28, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas was a guest on 580 CFRA discussing the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC). Listen to the full interview with host Bill Carroll.
March 22, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says he is "relieved" the government is finally doing something to ease issues at jails across the province.
March 21, 2016
OPSEU President  Warren (Smokey) Thomas was a guest on News & Views with Rob Snow on AM 580 CFRA, discussing the province's hiring announcement of 2,000 new correctional officers. 
March 17, 2016
Recently, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been calling for increased privatization in the health care system and now plans a major year-long campaign to promote the idea.
March 16, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, was a guest on CP24's Live at Noon with host Stephen LeDrew, discussing the privatization of health care.
March 14, 2016
Medical radiation technologists who work at St.
March 11, 2016
OPSEU Local 604 President Janice Martell is leading the quest to have Timmins-area miners compensated for neurodegenerative diseases she believes were caused by McIntyre Powder.
March 10, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas speaks about the gender wage gap on AM 900 CHML in Hamilton. Click below to listen to the full interview with Scott Thompson.
March 10, 2016
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas was a guest on The Pulse with Devon Peacock on AM 980 to discuss the overcrowded conditions in Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) as well as the Crisis i
March 5, 2016
The beleaguered Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre will be getting 16 new correctional officers in the very near future.
March 2, 2016
This cap-and-trade scheme in Ontario is a foggy deal if you ever saw one, writes OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas in a guest column for the Toronto Sun.
February 23, 2016
The last remaining paramedic station staffed completely by volunteers in Ontario shifts to unionized staff. Starting Monday, the Frontenac Paramedic Service's station on Wolfe Island officially tra
February 10, 2016
On any given day, the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre could well be described as the worst jail in the province. So says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employe
February 10, 2016
Ottawa’s jail contends for the worst in the province and is much worse than when he last saw it about 10 years ago, said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, after a tour of the facility on Tues
February 9, 2016
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and NDP leader Andrea Horwath took a first-hand look inside the Barton street jail in Hamilton. 
February 8, 2016
Seven first responders in Ontario have committed suicide this year, according to a PTSD advocacy group, and there have been four more deaths across the country.
February 4, 2016
Wanda Montague and Martin Wood were inseparable for 20 years.
February 4, 2016
Toronto NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo has been fighting to have emergency responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) recognized as a workplace illness ever since a distressed paramedic
February 4, 2016
Replacing community jails in northern Ontario would be a "disaster," OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas told CTV news in North Bay.
February 2, 2016
Jack Wilson, a communications professor with Algonquin College and Vice-President of OPSEU Local 415, discussed the all-male campus the college established in Jazan, Saudi Arabia on CBC Radio’s 
February 1, 2016
Peel paramedics are mourning one of their own in the death of veteran paramedic Martin Wood who died suddenly on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
February 1, 2016
Janice Martell, President of OPSEU Local 604, is featured in "A Miner's Daughter" on the CBC's The Fifth Estate as she searches for answers about a dangerous powder. 
January 29, 2016
The news of a Burlington man's death after his car was struck by a runaway tire has brought back a flood of memories to a man who survived a similar incident two decades ago.
January 28, 2016
The alarming issue of workplace violence at the hands of patients at some Ontario mental health hospitals was central to talks at a conference hosted by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.
January 28, 2016
Janice Martell, President of Local 604 in Elliot Lake, has been doing remarkable work on behalf of miners who were poisoned because their employer told them to inhale McIntyre Powder.
January 26, 2016
The news that two publicly funded Ontario colleges are operating men-only campuses in Saudi Arabia feels wrong at first glance. At second glance, too.
January 26, 2016
Algonquin College appears to be violating its own hiring equity policy by not employing women at its controversial men-only campus in Saudi Arabia.
January 25, 2016
Sara Labelle, Chair of the Hospital Professionals Division of OPSEU, joins the 'Loonie Politics with Robert Wood' podcast to discuss how funding and the privatization of vital services are resultin
January 25, 2016
After 9 years of minimal funding in the public healthcare system in Ontario, OPSEU says it's time to reach out and make a change before we lose the healthcare system Ontarians deserve.
January 22, 2016
Wynne government underfunding of health care services hits northern Ontarians extra hard, says Jeff Arbus, OPSEU Region 6 Regional Vice-President.
January 22, 2016
In Elliot Lake, OPSEU Local 604 President Janice Martell has embarked on
January 12, 2016
The community safety ministry is defying orders to protect probation and parole officers from weapons, according to inspection documents obtained by the Citizen.The papers document a two-y
January 11, 2016
Algonquin College officials admit they didn’t do enough homework before opening a technical college in Saudi Arabia that lost $1.486 million last year.
January 8, 2016
The union representing academic staff at Algonquin College is calling on the school to sever ties with its Saudi Arabia campus after the country executed 47 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges
January 8, 2016
Niagara College has a campus in Saudi Arabia that teaches tourism, business and culinary courses. Despite the ongoing horrors in that nation, the college refuses to reconsider its involvement.
January 8, 2016
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is calling for Algonquin College to close its school in Jazan, Saudi Arabia.The union has been a long-time critic of the male-only foreign campus, which r
January 5, 2016
The union for jail guards and probation officers will meet with the Ontario government Friday in a last-ditch attempt at reaching a contract deal ahead of a looming strike date.
December 24, 2015
​What began as concerns over Ontario’s correctional services system is heading to a crisis. On my recent visit to Northern Ontario, I had the opportunity to visit the Thunder Bay District Jail.
December 21, 2015
 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says his members in correcitonal services don't want to walk off the job, but they're prepared to do so if necessary, the
December 16, 2015
Listen to OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas on CBC Radio One's Metro Morning with host Matt Galloway to discuss the merits of the LCBO selling marijuana should legalization move ahead.
December 15, 2015
Warren (Smokey) Thomas didn’t mince words after touring the Thunder Bay District Jail, comparing it to what you’d find under an outhouse.
December 15, 2015
When he heard about the December 7 riot that tore apart the top floor of the Thunder Bay Jail, the head of the union representing its correctional workers left a voicemail for Premier Kathleen Wynn
December 14, 2015
Weed with your whisky and wine? It’s still unclear when it will happen, Wynne said Monday at Queen’s Park, but when it does she believes the liquor distribution system is “very well-suited to putti
December 14, 2015
Growth of temporary work in government undermining public services, critics say.
December 8, 2015
Listen to Laura, a Probation and Parole officer speaking about the current crisis in Corrections.
December 8, 2015
In Question Period at Queen's Park today, Oshawa MPP and NDP Community Safety and Correctional Services Critic Jennifer French called on the Liberal government to take responsibility for the crisis
December 8, 2015
If Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas gets his way, recreational cannabis will be sold through the LCBO, and as president of the largest public service union in Ontario, his proposal carries weight.
December 4, 2015
St Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton is facing "extreme cost restraint,"
December 4, 2015
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas appeared on the Jerry Agar show on CFRB AM 1010 to discuss Kathleen Wynne's term thus far in office.
December 3, 2015
Scarborough community development workers rallied outside Liberal MPP Brad Duguid’s constituency office last Friday where they protested a plan to close the community’s only employment and training
December 2, 2015
President Thomas appeared on National Post XM radio, listen to the interview here:
December 1, 2015
By Warren (Smokey) Thomas  
November 30, 2015
Many employers are resisting the ORPP as a “job-killing payroll tax.” Now one company -- CarePartners -- wants to offload its share of the costs onto its workers.
November 26, 2015
North Bay is facing a crisis sparked by the provincial government, according to the organizer of a rally Monday to reverse cuts at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
November 26, 2015
It’s one thing for a premier to make airy promises at 30,000 feet.
November 24, 2015
If recreational marijuana is legalized then as a controlled substance the LCBO should be the sole source of legal marijuana in the province, as is the case with most alcohol.
November 5, 2015
Tracey Newton has been a nurse for more than 25 years, but only recently has she been afraid to go to work.
November 4, 2015
Frustration over work place safety at Providence Care hospital spilled onto the street today. Dozens of workers at the Mental Health Services site on King Street staged a day-long picket. See the f
November 4, 2015
There have been more than 300 incidents of workplace violence at the Providence Care, Mental Health Services site in the past year, mostly on the adult mental health units and the forensic unit.
November 3, 2015
Earlier this week, I was stunned when three security guards threw me out of the annual Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships conference.
November 1, 2015
Voting stragteically is not a progressive choice.
October 26, 2015
Workers at Participation Lodge at Holland Centre have a new four year contract.
October 23, 2015
The union representing Ontario public servants has appealed a decision by the Ministry of Labour not to hold the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) responsible for an attack on a nurse.
October 18, 2015
Concern for the safety of automobiles explains why Kingston-area ferries have been travelling at under capacity, says the president of OPSEU Local 428 which represents crew members.
October 16, 2015
The threat of a strike by OPSEU workers at Participation Lodge is over, after a tentative agreement was reached with the employer.
October 15, 2015
Nurses who have faced homemade weapons blame design of Waypoint, a new hospital for men with a history of violence.
September 20, 2015
Taxpayers are on the hook for the cost of constructing the province’s $474-million maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Penetanguishene.
September 18, 2015
The province needs to step up and protect workers at its badly flawed maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Penetanguishene, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
September 16, 2015
City Councillor Jim Neill is doing his part to stop the sale of Hydro One to private companies in Ontario.
September 15, 2015
Barely three months after a maximum-security forensic facility set up shop in a new building, designed as a hospital rather than a prison, a patient escaped — something that hadn’t happened in the
September 14, 2015
Men living out their days in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Penetanguishene still have a right to get paid — regardless of how many innocent victims they killed, raped or brutally beat.
September 13, 2015
Patient volatility has nurses on high alert at psych hospital.
September 12, 2015
Staff at new Ontario mental health hospital fear for their lives.
September 12, 2015
Ministry of Community and Social Services to begin a comprehensive examination of Community Living Elgin's financial statements.
September 7, 2015
OPSEU members, picket signs in hand, stood loud and proud in Markham on Wednesday, demanding action from the Minister of Community and Social Services as the public sector union navigates a tense l
September 2, 2015
A hard-hitting radio advertising campaign by OPSEU that warns against the privatization of alcohol sales in Ontario has provoked a strong response from the head of the organization that represents
September 1, 2015
With massive layoffs on the horizon caused by a $700,000 shortfall in operating funds, Community Living Elgin workers will travel to Toronto today to protest outside Queen's Park.
August 28, 2015
Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito wrote about the dangers of alcohol in supermarkets, and the Star subsequently published a letter to the editor from President Smokey Thomas supporting Fiorito's v
August 27, 2015
Toronto South Detention Centre was supposed to have been a model corrections' facility.
August 26, 2015
The FOX49 television station in Tallahassee, FL picked up the statement released by OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas concerning his upcoming meeting with Health Minister Hoskins.  See the ful
August 20, 2015
Hundreds attended the informatin picket outside Community Living Elgin's office in St. Thomas.
August 20, 2015
OPSEU members catch up to Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and urge her government to return to the bargaining table.
August 19, 2015
Almost 70 workers at the Owen Sound Family Health Team are now members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
August 19, 2015
The locks on prisoner cells at Toronto South Detention Centre can easily be broken. OPSEU correctional officers reported the problem months ago but the problem persists.
August 19, 2015
With contract talks at an impasse, members of OPSEU Local 427 at St. Lawrence Youth Association in Kingston and management were scheduled to meet today with a conciliator.
August 19, 2015
OPSEU members caught up recently with Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
August 14, 2015
On Friday afternoon OPSEU Executive Board Members Edie Strachan, Sara Labelle, Drew Finucane and Gareth Jones, three members of CarePartners Local 294 and two PYC representatives staged a sit-in in
August 13, 2015
A new campaign was launched yesterday in hopes of enticing more youth to cast their votes in the federal election. 
August 12, 2015
After four months on the picket line with fellow nurses and administrative staff, OPSEU Local 294 president Erin Warman is looking for basic fairness from CarePartners at the bargaining table.
August 12, 2015
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN President, Ontario Nurses Association, published a letter in the Simcoe Reformer in support of members of CarePartners Local 294 who have been on strike since early
August 11, 2015
Youth justice workers at St. Lawrence Youth Association in Kingston held an information picket Tuesday, August 11 to protest their employer’s unwillingness to negotiate a fair contract.
August 10, 2015
OPSEU member activists show their support for World Breastfeeding Week at an event in Sault Ste Marie.
August 10, 2015
OPSEU Local 411 president Scott Forde at Ottawa-Carleton Dentention Centre says security inside the facility is being breached by a chronic shortage of correctional officers, which is also causing
August 6, 2015
With the LCBO about to introduce sales of 12-pack beer to selected retail locations, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas repeated the union's position that private beer and wine sales should be
August 5, 2015
Workers at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Leeds-Grenville voted unanimously to join OPSEU.
July 23, 2015
To cut down on the number of 'look-a-like' inmates from walking away from provincial corrections facilities, OPSEU is calling on Queen's Park to introduce biometric scanners.
July 21, 2015
A few hundred OPSEU protesters demonstrated outside the Liberal party's annual golf fundraiser with calls to end privatization of public services and sale of public assets.
July 21, 2015
The number of jail lock downs in northeast Ontario has gone from zero in 2013 to 14 last year, an increase that is being felt by correctional staff and inmates.
July 14, 2015
Wages have fast become the key issue is a strike by OPSEU Local 2914 against the home health care company CarePartners in Norfolk County and Niagara.
July 12, 2015
The chair of OPSEU's corrections division tells the Toronto Star that a hiring freeze imposed by the provincial government five years ago is directly linked to the dramatic increase in lockdowns in
July 10, 2015
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas told a Queen's Park news conference that his union plans information pickets outside Pan Am sporting venues to drive home the message that while Ontario will
July 10, 2015
It began as a quiet Friday morning for Executive Board member Len Elliott, until he opened the door of his home to see two members of the Ontario Provincial Police.
July 8, 2015
Global News reports that a shortage of correctional officers inside Ontario's jails has triggered a record level of lock downs.
July 7, 2015
Liberal minister Eric Hoskins faced OPSEU protesters at a news conference Tuesday. As CTV News reported, the protesters were upset with the slow pace of OPS contract talks.
July 6, 2015
OPSEU members working at Participation Lodge, a developmental service agency located south of Owen Sound, have overwhelming rejected a tentative contract deal citing management's demand for wage an
July 6, 2015
OPSEU president Smokey Thomas says the health care and social impact risks of expanded alcohol sales outweigh the convenience of allowing supermarkets to sell beer and wine, Canadian Grocer magazin
July 5, 2015
The Toronto Star reports that a plan to make wine available in supermarkets will be delayed for one year.
July 5, 2015
OPSEU activists joined thousands on July 5 in a protest march through downtown Toronto where they demanded action on job creation, climate change and social justice.
July 5, 2015
OPSEU President Smokey Thomas speaks to CTV news at the Local 294 information rally in Kitchener on July 5.
July 1, 2015
The union representing employees at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene has suspended new contract talks and applied for conciliation because of safety concerns there.
July 1, 2015
The high turnout for the strike vote gives the Bargaining Team a strong mandate.
June 29, 2015
Ontario public employees plan pickets to pressure Queen's Park during next month's Pan Am Games.
June 19, 2015
Randy Simpraga, President  Local 135, discusses lack of OPS bargaining with Premier Wynne. See the photo here.
June 18, 2015
Premier greeted with shouts of "shame." Full story in the Sarnia Obs
June 18, 2015
A patient with a home-made sword forced Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care to be locked down.
June 17, 2015
Tim Sywyk of Canfield, picket captain and steward of Local 294, was struck by a van outside the offices of Care Partners.
June 17, 2015
Ministry of Correctional Services increasingly relying on police officers to do correctional officers’ work.
June 17, 2015
OPSEU members turn up heat on Premier Wynne at Pan Am ceremony.
June 17, 2015
OPSEU members attend Pan Am ceremony along with Premier Wynne. See video here.
June 16, 2015
Although her intinerary is a tightly-kept secret, Premier Kathleen Wynne will be in Sarnia on Thursday, June 18 where OPSEU members will protest the government's indifference in negotiating an new
June 14, 2015
Chronic understaffing, attacks on correctional officers and more lockdowns are just some of the problems plaguing the new Toronto South superjail.
June 11, 2015
OPSEU Local 421 President Tim Prewer told the Peterborough Examiner it's been a "difficult week" for his members after the board of governors at Loyalist College announced that 27 workers would los
June 10, 2015
At a news conference OPSEU hospital professionals said mounting job losses at Ottawa hospitals will lead to longer surgery wait times and delayed medical test results for patients.
May 28, 2015
More than two dozen OPSEU members protested the proposed sale of Hydro One outside the offices of Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal, saying the sale amounts to a giveaway that will hurt all Ontarians.
May 27, 2015
In a letter to the editor, the president of OPSEU Local 367 says the loss of lab testing to an outside company at Georgian Bay General Hospital will increase costs and cause delays for patients.
May 26, 2015
By a narrow margin of 52 per cent workers at Community Living Thunder Bay have ratified a new two-year contract but warn the next round of bargaining will be tough.
May 22, 2015
The Toronto Star reports that the Ontario Federation of Labour is facing a severe cash crisis and is "barely able to keep its head above water." OPSEU President Smokey Thomas says it's because the
May 22, 2015
Denise Davis, chair of OPSEU's Liquor Board Employees Division, tells a legislative committee that privatized beer and wine sales should be put on hold until there is a public discussion on alcohol
May 19, 2015
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas tells a legislative committee studying the provincial budget that "the guiding principle of the 2015 budget is cannabalism."
May 12, 2015
Even though only a couple of issues remain on the bargaining table, more than 300 developmental service workers for Community Living Thunder Bay could walk off the job May 21.
May 12, 2015
Charges were dropped yesterday in a London courtroom against an OPSEU corrections officer charged in connection with the 2013 death of an inmate at the the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
May 12, 2015
In a letter to the editor of The Sault This Week, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas challenges local MPP David Orazietti's claim that the public supports his government's hospital funding policy.
May 6, 2015
OPSEU takes credit for ministry decision to add a 'weekender' facility to the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, the London Free Press reports.
May 6, 2015
OPSEU President Smokey Thomas tells the London Free Press that the dropping of charges against a corrections officer has "far reaching implications that could be widespread.
May 5, 2015
OPSEU Corrections Chair Monte Vieselmeyer approves of plans to open a new $8.5 million facility intended to ease strains on the troubled Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
May 1, 2015
Demonstrators, including several OPSEU activists, greeted Premier Kathleen Wynne outside the Peterborough curling club.
April 24, 2015
Region 3 board member Sara Labelle joined picketing OPS members outside the Bracebridge courthouse where OPSEU members protested against the government's demands for a multi-tiered wage grid
April 23, 2015
Local 116 President Karen Cudmore tells the London Free Press that her members are relieved that the local Children's Aid Society director is stepping down after a tumultuous two year reign
April 23, 2015
Members of Local 119 picket outside the Stratford corrections facility to protest slow pace of contract talks and warn of possible jail closure
April 23, 2015
The OPSEU spirit of community was evident when members of Local 317 made a donation to the local Manna food bank in Bracebridge
April 22, 2015
Region 1 board member Ron Elliot tells the Stratford Beacon-Herald that his members feel "totally betrayed" by the Liberal government for the contract concessions they seek in bargaining
April 13, 2015
OPSEU Local 116 President Karen Cudmore tells the London Free Press that child welfare cases in London are up but funding those cases is down.
March 24, 2015
OPS members heckled the Ontario finance minister after he delivered a speech before a Guelph audience.
March 24, 2015
"We're not going to attract the brightest and best workers to the OPS with a contract that contains concessions," OPSEU activist Lorraine Skitch told CTV News.
March 24, 2015
OPSEU Local president Fern Blais told the Pembroke Daily Observer that the provincial government is dragging its heels in contract negotiations with the Ontario Public Service.
March 24, 2015
OPSEU Local 608 president Rob Boulet says job cuts at Nippissing University "reflects a regrettable lack of government support for post-secondary education."
March 18, 2015
Pushing down wages in the public sector takes Ontario in the opposite direction from wage equality for women, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says in
March 18, 2015
OPSEU workers at CarePartners in Niagara region and Norfolk county have been holding information pickets to draw public attention to the fact 20 months of bargaining have left them no closer to a f
March 12, 2015
Hundreds of OPSEU members rallied outside the Liberal party's $1,500 person-per-plate Heritage Dinner to protest against the government's austerity agenda.
March 11, 2015
Read President Warren (Smokey) Thomas's recent opinion piece in the Kingston Whig-Standard here.
March 11, 2015
Planned layoffs at Community Living Elgin will have "devastating effects," OPSEU Local 151 President Steve Abdey told the St. Thomas Times Journal.
February 26, 2015
Dozens of OPSEU members rallied outside the office of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Barrie to demand the government negotiate a new contract without cutbacks.
February 25, 2015
In a letter to the editor at the Ottawa Sun, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas writes that Ministry of Community and Social Services Minister Helena Jaczek has been a disaster and it's time the premier
February 25, 2015
In a letter to the editor of the Kingston Whig Standard, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas writes that public sector workers should not pay the price for wasteful government spending,
February 25, 2015
Government negotiators at the bargaining table appear they would rather push the OPS into a strike than negotiate a fair deal with their employees, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas told the Barrie Exa
February 19, 2015
Hundreds of OPSEU members welcomed MPPs back from their winter break with a noisey demonstration outside of Queen's Park.
February 19, 2015
OPS workers rallied outside MPP Grant Crack's office to demand the provincial government get down to work and negotiate a new collective agreement.
February 12, 2015
Braving cold temperatures and snow, ODSP workers in Belleville stage a noon hour rally to draw attention to the flawed SAMS program.
February 12, 2015
"These are not glitches but systemic failures," OPSEU executive board member Mike Bisallion told the North Bay Nugget.
February 9, 2015
A not-for-profit daycare centre in downtown Toronto could be closed and replaced with a for-profit daycare.
February 6, 2015
Joining a union is an important step to reducing income inequality, says a letter to the editor in the Toronto Star.
January 31, 2015
In a letter to the editor of the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder a reader writes that members of the OPS "are a part of this community and support the local economy."