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2017 Press Releases

February 24, 2017
Toronto – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne should cut all ties with her top economic adviser, Ed Clark, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
February 21, 2017
Renfrew County – Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) working at Family and Children’s Services Renfrew County have voted 77 per cent in favour of strike action if negotiat
February 17, 2017
Toronto – In a stunning victory for nine Ontario communities, most of them rural, the provincial government has announced that their publicly operated ServiceOntario centres, which had been slated
February 16, 2017
Parry Sound – Physiotherapists and occupational therapists working at West Parry Sound Health Centre have voted unanimously to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
February 16, 2017
Toronto – Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk is “100 per cent correct” when she says the provincial government has no unfettered right to count public employees’ pension funds as government asset

2016 Press Releases

December 22, 2016
Winchester – All fourteen non-management staff with Naomi’s Family Resource Centre, a women’s shelter in Winchester, 25 kilometres north of Morrisburg, are now members of the Ontario Public Service
December 15, 2016
Windsor – With wait lists for treatment exceeding one year for young people with behavioural and mental health issues, the next Ontario budget must include more funding to prevent a grave problem f
December 15, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is reacting positively to this morning’s announcement from Ontario Corrections Minister David Orazietti regarding reforms to the provinc
December 15, 2016
Thunder Bay – A steward with Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 737 representing frontline staff at the Thunder Bay District Jail is expressing disbelief on learning that the Mini
December 15, 2016
Aurora – All 50 frontline staff with Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) have become members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
December 13, 2016
Toronto – Provinces should base their plans for retailing cannabis on scientific evidence, not their feelings about the drug, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
December 13, 2016
Ottawa – OPSEU members at the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa are condemning some of their own supervisors for doing the work of striking CUPE members in Peel Region, west of Toronto.
December 9, 2016
Toronto – The Government of Canada must boost funding for health care and use its powers to rein in provinces that want to privatize the system, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
December 9, 2016
Toronto – In a rebuke of the College Employer Council (CEC)’s delay tactics, the Divisional Court today dismissed the CEC’s application to overturn the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB)’s decis
December 9, 2016
Toronto – Children’s aid workers represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are voicing their support for changes proposed in the Ontario government’s Bill 89, the Supporting Chi
December 9, 2016
Toronto – Ontario’s Liberal government has ignored input from hundreds of patients, health care workers, and organizations to charge ahead with its latest health care legislation, the Ontario Publi
December 9, 2016
Toronto – As liquor shoppers ramp up their holiday spending, the union representing workers at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario has a simple message: Don’t buy into privatization.
December 8, 2016
Toronto – In a letter this week to the president of Niagara College, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) says the college will face censure if it fails to resolve concerns over i
December 2, 2016
Toronto – Wednesday’s report from Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows once again that the provincial Liberal government’s “core policy” is failing Ontarians, the President of the Ontario Pub
December 2, 2016
Toronto – Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) working at Fred Victor have voted 88 per cent in favour of strike action if negotiations of a new contract fail.
December 2, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is urging the government to honour its commitment to end to the continuing crisis in Ontario’s correctional system.
December 1, 2016
Toronto – Big pay hikes for managers in the Ontario Public Service are a sure sign the province can afford to put money into public services and roll back years of public sector wage cuts, the Pres
November 28, 2016
Thunder Bay – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has strongly endorsed a Thunder Bay City Council resolution calling on the Ontario government to “approve the funding necessary” to
November 28, 2016
Toronto/Durham – More than a hundred patients, workers and concerned residents travelled by bus to Queen’s Park today to deliver a clear message to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne: stop cutting our
November 25, 2016
A decision yesterday to abandon plans to close several schools in the Sudbury area is a decisive victory for the community groups that fought to keep them open, the Ontario Public Service Employees
November 24, 2016
Oshawa/Ajax/Scarborough – Hospitals in Scarborough and Durham region may have been given the green light to merge, but they still don’t know where they’ll get the money to do it, the Ontario Public
November 23, 2016
Toronto – On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas addressed First Nations Leaders from across Ontario who are meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario cabinet m
November 18, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) will host its fourth human rights conference this weekend, this time under the theme of “New Realities, Different Directions.”
November 18, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario government’s plan for a Basic Income (BI) program has noble goals, but could turn into “a scheme to demolish public services, and leave Ontarians worse off,” the President of
November 15, 2016
Toronto – “Embedded privatization” is killing home care, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union told a legislative committee yesterday.
November 14, 2016
Toronto – When presented with the facts on cost overruns, Ontarians agree that governments should stay away from public-private partnerships (P3s), according to a new province-wide poll.
November 7, 2016
Toronto – Ottawa’s plan to use a Social Impact Bond (SIB) to reduce hypertension in Canadians is a betrayal of medicare and a further privatization of the country’s public health care system, the P
November 7, 2016
Toronto – The union representing 7,500 LCBO workers has signed a breakthrough deal with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the province to make “equal pay for equal work” a reality for thousan
November 7, 2016
Owen Sound – Some 80 workers at Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services – members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 295 – have ratified their first collective agreement.
November 2, 2016
Toronto - As violence against mental health care workers continues to escalate, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) says it’s time the provincial government replaced well-meaning cha
November 2, 2016
TORONTO – Ontario college faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are throwing their support behind today’s Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) National Day of A
October 31, 2016
Toronto – Without a clear ban on “pay-to-play” donations, the people of Ontario can’t trust that wealthy donors won’t get preferential treatment from provincial cabinet ministers.
October 28, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario government’s move to put wine in grocery stores, announced today, is another step in the backdoor privatization of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), the Ontario Publ
October 27, 2016
Scarborough – Workers at Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services (SAFSS) voted yesterday to ratify the tentative agreement reached October 17.
October 27, 2016
Toronto – In a solid show of confidence in the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), workers at Sistering – which helps homeless, low-income, and underhoused women – have voted overwhelmi
October 27, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario Labour Relations Board’s (OLRB) assignment of the Alternate Chair to the part-time college worker organizing drive is great news, according to the president of the Ontario Pub
October 26, 2016
Toronto – Sunday’s vicious attack on a nurse at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the latest example of violence growing out of control at the facility, says the Ontario Public S
October 26, 2016
Toronto– The Ontario Liberal Party is dodging public scrutiny of its new election finance bill because the loopholes it contains are meant to give the party an edge in the 2018 election, the Presid
October 25, 2016
Toronto – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says he couldn’t be prouder of the young workers who stood up for what they believed in and turned their backs on the Prime Minister at this morning
October 21, 2016
Midland – Members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 328, representing outside workers with the Town of Midland, have ratified a tentative agreement reached last week.
October 21, 2016
Toronto – Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals are learning the wrong lessons from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s fundraising scandals, says the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Uni
October 21, 2016
Mississauga – Friday, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) at the LCBO will host their ninth anti-privatization information picket, this time in Mississauga.
October 20, 2016
Toronto – A leading Ontario health care union is raising concerns over what it calls a “Harper-era hangover” in the federal-provincial Health Accord talks that took place this week in Toronto.
October 18, 2016
Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is reacting with skepticism to today’s announcement by Corrections Minister David Orazietti that he will appoint an external reviewer to
October 18, 2016
Toronto – Chronic underfunding of mental health services is putting frontline workers and the patients they care for at high risk for their personal safety, the president of the Ontario Public Serv
October 17, 2016
Scarborough – Today, workers at Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services (SAFSS), Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 518 are bracing once again for a possible strike.
October 17, 2016
Oshawa/Ajax/Scarborough – At news conferences this morning, representatives of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union expressed deep concern about “ill-advised and expensive” hospital mergers t
October 14, 2016
Thunder Bay – Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) members at the LCBO will host their eighth information picket on Saturday, this time in Thunder Bay.
October 13, 2016
Owen Sound – Sixty-four workers at HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services have cast their vote in favour of joining the over 130,000 members represented by the Ontario Public Service E