Union business is lots of work these days. Volunteers can’t do it all.
It’s been “all hands on deck” for our staff over the past year as OPSEU weathered a “perfect storm” of bargaining and some massive organizing drives for new members.
Now, perhaps more than ever, as we face tougher times ahead, our union will depend on expert and professional help to keep afloat.
Our staff assist members and locals on a wide range of complex issues, and they help negotiate and enforce our collective agreements, organize new members, and lobby governments for positive change.
OPSEU handles the largest grievance caseload in the country and we maintain a hectic bargaining and arbitration schedule that couldn’t get done without the help of staff.
We have experts in health and safety, pensions, benefits, compensation and equity to assist locals and members. Our communications are constantly being updated and we know how to mobilize our members when we have to.
We maintain a province-wide network of offices and membership centres and provide a solid educational program for our members. And we extend our solidarity to national and international causes.
Staff help us do all that. I see first-hand how our head office staff make sure our day-to-day operations of accounting, dues collection, printing and our digital information systems are working well.
So on behalf of the Executive Board and all of OPSEU members, I’d like to thank all our staff – professional, technical and support.
They are a dedicated bunch, and we appreciate it.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas