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President's Messages: 2009 to Current
Seasons Come and Go. Good Work Lives On.
February 19, 2019
And so it begins. That time in OPSEU referred to as silly season.
My New Year's resolution: to fight for a better Ontario
January 23, 2019
Once again, it’s that special time of year - New Year’s resolutions season.
Times may change, but our principles never do
December 12, 2018
Times may change, but our principles never do. Just look at the historic year we’ve had.
What will Ford try next? Bring it on!
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.
Democracy isn’t always easy, but it always makes us stronger
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.
Doug Ford, Ontario’s ‘rinse and repeat’ premier
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.
Steadiness, strength and discipline: a winning combination
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.
A new battleground for OPSEU
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.
Vote Better and TalkON: The rewards of our risks
May 24, 2018
Sometimes, playing it safe is the riskiest thing you can do. It means you stagnate and lose your edge.
OPSEU's platform: Vote Better for a Better Ontario
April 27, 2018
Some thoughts about our annual Convention
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.
Out-of-touch Tories offer stale solutions to non-problems
February 16, 2018
Solidarity beats bad bosses, precarious work
January 11, 2018
Making a difference on the picket line
November 24, 2017
Dear friends: The recent strike by OPSEU college faculty was a major event in the history of this province.
One day longer. One day stronger.
November 10, 2017
Dear friends: College faculty are making history right now.
I’ve got a way with words
September 15, 2017
Dear friends: People tell me I’ve got a way with words. But sometimes words get away from me.
Labour Day: We Own It!
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.
Thank you, Janice Martell
August 24, 2017
Dear friends: Janice Martell knows how to win.
We must challenge racists always
August 17, 2017
Dear friends: Racists are on the march.
Fighting for good jobs – every way we can
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?
Canada 150: Towards a new Confederation
June 26, 2017
Dear friends: Last week, students at Algoma University voted to not celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
Yet another hydro betrayal
May 26, 2017
More of the same in this year’s budget
April 28, 2017
Protecting a sacred gift
March 28, 2017
Dear friends: None of us can live without water.
Saying good-bye to two very special mentors
March 10, 2017
A pension plan that’s working
February 23, 2017
Concerning news from Ontario's colleges
January 24, 2017
Dear friends: I’m concerned about the news from Ontario’s colleges.
We Own It is building a bigger tent
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.
The perils of partisan punditry
December 13, 2016
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.
Get used to bad jobs? Forget that!
October 27, 2016
My turkey wishbone wish: keep your private sector forks away!
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.
It’s all about accountability
September 20, 2016
This Labour Day, let’s commit to fighting for what belongs to us all
September 2, 2016
Council of the Federation: cheers to nothing
July 28, 2016
Let’s celebrate our successes!
June 24, 2016
Dear friends: Summer is here!
Imagine politics without money
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.
Let’s all join the fight for injured workers
May 27, 2016
Dear friends: June 1 is Injured Workers Day.
Change is the only constant
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.
Help all workers with PTSD
April 8, 2016
Dear friends: Sometimes I don’t like being right.
Taking the lead on women’s wages
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.
We need a revolution
February 26, 2016
Dear friends, Our provincial government is killing public services.
Colleges must stand for good jobs
February 19, 2016
Dear friends, I’ve said it before: there aren’t enough good jobs out there.
Human rights must trump austerity
January 22, 2016
Dear friends, Would you set up shop in a country where you could lose your head for criticizing the king?
This crisis is bigger than Corrections
January 8, 2016
Dear friends: If you’ve seen the news lately, you know there’s a crisis in Corrections.
Best wishes for a safe holiday season and a prosperous new year
December 24, 2015
Facing a dangerous government
December 10, 2015
Dear friends, There is something deeply wrong with the Liberal government at Queen’s Park.
AIDS: Awareness matters
November 23, 2015
Dear friends: On December 1, we mark World AIDS Day – sadly, the 28th such commemoration since 1988.
SIBs: a new way to privatize
November 13, 2015
Dear friends, If there’s one thing Ontario Liberals are good at, it’s creating distractions.