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President's Messages: 2009 to Current

June 5, 2019
With another Convention come and gone, I’m honoured to have been re-elected to serve as President of our great union once again.
April 29, 2019
There’s an old joke about bad bosses like Doug Ford.
March 25, 2019
The he-said-she-said coverage of the SNC-Lavalin scandal is compelling political theatre.
February 19, 2019
And so it begins. That time in OPSEU referred to as silly season. 
January 23, 2019
Once again, it’s that special time of year - New Year’s resolutions season.
December 12, 2018
Times may change, but our principles never do. Just look at the historic year we’ve had. 
November 1, 2018
From cannabis to climate change to the public coffers, Ontario faces huge challenges. Over the next few years, we need a leader who will help us move forward.
September 14, 2018
It will go down as a shameful moment in Ontario’s history: a group of senior citizens, a 77-year-old woman among them, escorted from the public gallery of the people’s chambers.
August 10, 2018
It’s like bad TV – provincial politics that are perpetually stuck on reruns. After two months of Ford Nation, it looks like we’re in for more of the same.
August 1, 2018
I’ve heard from many of you this summer about your anxiety about Doug Ford; about what his new government might do and what we, as labour activists, should be doing to respond.  
June 12, 2018
OPSEU has entered a new era with last week’s election of a Conservative government and the road ahead brings new dangers.
May 24, 2018
Sometimes, playing it safe is the riskiest thing you can do. It means you stagnate and lose your edge.
April 5, 2018
When it comes to fighting for a better Ontario, there’s nothing more inspiring than the dialogue, debate, and dedication that OPSEU members bring to Convention.
November 24, 2017
Dear friends: The recent strike by OPSEU college faculty was a major event in the history of this province.
November 10, 2017
Dear friends: College faculty are making history right now.
September 15, 2017
Dear friends: People tell me I’ve got a way with words. But sometimes words get away from me.
August 30, 2017
Dear friends: Labour Day is all about celebrating people that work. This Labour Day, I’d like to add something to that: Let's also celebrate the public services that work for people.
August 24, 2017
Dear friends: Janice Martell knows how to win.
August 17, 2017
Dear friends: Racists are on the march.
July 12, 2017
Dear friends: What comes to mind when you hear the word “precarious”? Do you think of a walker on a tightrope? A cup of coffee on the roof of a car?
June 26, 2017
Dear friends: Last week, students at Algoma University voted to not celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
May 26, 2017
Dear friends,
March 28, 2017
Dear friends: None of us can live without water.
February 23, 2017
Dear friends:
January 24, 2017
Dear friends: I’m concerned about the news from Ontario’s colleges.
January 6, 2017
Dear friends, It isn't every day that an issue comes along with the power to unite communities across the province.
December 22, 2016
Dear friends, The last year was a busy one for OPSEU, from start to finish.
December 13, 2016
Dear friends:
November 10, 2016
Dear friends: Donald Trump is about to become President of the United States. For progressives around the world, it’s a nightmare come true.
October 27, 2016
Dear friends:
October 7, 2016
Dear friends: 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.
September 20, 2016
Dear friends:
June 24, 2016
Dear friends: Summer is here!
June 10, 2016
Dear friends: If there is one principle that is central to the idea of democracy, that principle must be equality. I get one vote. You get one vote. That’s the theory.
May 27, 2016
Dear friends: June 1 is Injured Workers Day.
April 22, 2016
Dear friends, Everything changes, and that's a fact. On April 21, a big change happened in OPSEU Local 431 in Kingston.
April 8, 2016
Dear friends: Sometimes I don’t like being right.
March 4, 2016
Dear friends, International Women’s Day, March 8, is a day to celebrate the achievements of women, here at home and around the world.
February 26, 2016
Dear friends, Our provincial government is killing public services.
February 19, 2016
Dear friends, I’ve said it before: there aren’t enough good jobs out there.
January 22, 2016
Dear friends, Would you set up shop in a country where you could lose your head for criticizing the king?
January 8, 2016
Dear friends: If you’ve seen the news lately, you know there’s a crisis in Corrections.