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President's Messages: 2009 to Current
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.
Lest We Forget
November 9, 2015
Dear friends: We set aside November 11 as a day to remember the sacrifices that Canadians have made through the years to ensure our nation remains a land of peace and freedom, of respect and tolera
Promises to keep
October 21, 2015
Dear friends, Canada is getting a new Prime Minister.
E-Day: Let’s set a record
October 16, 2015
Dear friends: Well, this is it.
Harper’s “TPP” leaves Canada out in the cold
October 8, 2015
Dear friends: Winter is coming.
Message to progressive Canadians: the Liberals aren’t
September 25, 2015
Dear friends: I won’t be voting Liberal on October 19.
Our government is driving the bad jobs trend
September 22, 2015
Dear friends: Good jobs are hard to find these days.
Keeping hydro public: it’s your business
September 14, 2015
Dear friends: I’m sure many of you get sick of being solicited at every turn and at every moment. People want your attention, they want your help, they want your money.
A Labour Day commitment to a healthy public sector
September 4, 2015
The forecast is for warm and sunny weather in most of the province, so it should be a great Labour Day long weekend. I encourage you to march in your local parade or take the family to a Labour Da
Get out and vote. It can be fun!
August 10, 2015
Many people enjoy a special memory of the first time they were legally entitled to vote as a young person. I know I do.
Standing up to the privatization bullies
July 14, 2015
Dear friends: It was a terrible thing to watch. This week, some of the richest countries in the world ganged up on Greece, beat it to its knees, and then robbed it.
Celebrate public services!
June 23, 2015
Dear friends: June 23 is Public Services Day. It’s a day to celebrate the value of public services and to honour the work of public employees everywhere.
There are alternatives to bad Liberal choices
June 10, 2015
Dear friends, Last week I sent an e-mail to top provincial Liberals across Ontario.
Privatization: the fight is on
May 20, 2015
Where’s the plan for equal paydays, Kathleen?
April 16, 2015
Dear friends, For every dollar a man in Ontario makes in a year, a woman makes 69 cents. That’s what Statistics Canada says.
Fraser numbers just don’t make sense
April 2, 2015
Dear friends, Sometimes you see a news story and you think, “That doesn’t make sense.” For example, did you know that your salary has “skyrocketed” over the last 10 years?
A number every politician should know
March 13, 2015
Dear friends: How much do public sector wages contribute to household incomes? How much do they add to the economy?
A Women’s Day challenge for Kathleen Wynne
March 6, 2015
Dear friends: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she cares about women’s equality. I don’t doubt it.
Women’s wages and the public sector
February 24, 2015
How about a real “net zero” approach?
February 13, 2015
Dear friends, It’s winter time, and Deb Matthews wants to freeze your wages.
Speaking up for fairness
February 3, 2015
Dear friends, I am always proud of OPSEU members, and last week Region 7 gave me another reason to be.
Liberals push public services to the brink
January 16, 2015
Dear friend: A few days ago I put out a call to OPSEU members. I wanted to know, directly from you, how the current Liberal era of cutbacks is affecting you and the service you provide.
We need a better Ontario budget
January 7, 2015
Dear friends: It’s that time of year again.
One hundred Ornges
December 12, 2014
This week, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk reported that our provincial Liberal government has spent eight billion dollars too much to build schools, hospitals, courthouses an
Liberal “austerity” just keeps on failing
December 3, 2014
Dear friends: So I guess the June 12 election didn’t exactly make things better for Ontario.
Put government contractors on the Sunshine List
November 13, 2014
Dear friends, Every spring, a strange ritual takes place in Ontario.
Can private sector companies meet public sector standards?
November 6, 2014
Dear friend, Big business has big plans for Ontario’s public sector.
Losing with Wynne
October 8, 2014
Dear friends, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has advice for union members at the bargaining table: take that pay cut and smile! At a conference last weekend, Wynne said that:
It’s time to push back on privatization
September 29, 2014
Dear friends, The public sector in Ontario is on the block.
A Labour Day commitment to union and community
August 27, 2014
Fire up the barbeque, Labour Day has arrived.
Even with a majority, we can force change
June 17, 2014
Ontario is moving on from the June 12th election. The people have spoken. Some MPPs are packing up while others are getting ready to head to Queen’s Park for the first time.
Ontario Election: The result depends on you
June 3, 2014
Dear friends, The upcoming Ontario election is the most important one since 1995.
Liberal? Conservative? NDP? It’s all up for grabs
April 30, 2014
As talk of an Ontario general election ramps up, pundits and the chattering class have no shortage of opinions on possible outcomes.
A Long-Term Scam
April 1, 2014
Twenty years is long time to run a successful scam.
March 21, 2014
When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run, There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Important choices ahead
February 21, 2014
Divide and conquer? Or, are we all in this together? Will only the strong survive? Or, will solidarity reign?
The 60% Solution
January 14, 2014
Civics class taught me elected governments should work for all the people.
A Gift That Keeps On Giving
December 16, 2013
Sometimes the best gift comes from the strangest placeâ€¦or more precisely, person. For the holiday season, Tory leader Tim Hudak offered up a gift of mammoth proportions.
We must never forget
December 6, 2013
Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is trying to redefine Ontario with his recent attack on the LCBO and proposal to privatize it. Hudak claims Ontario has grown up.
It's a Mess
November 8, 2013
It is an ugly mess. It’s unproductive and confidence sapping. In Ottawa, scandal pock marks the political landscape.
Ontario and the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement
October 23, 2013
The president of a 130,000 member union like OPSEU, with 500 bargaining units and collective agreements, learns a lot about the art of negotiations.
To Hell with Wall Street
September 23, 2013
Income equality is on the map. It wasn't easy. I want to congratulate the members, leadership and staff of OPSEU for making this happen.
I am Canadian
August 29, 2013
A popular brewer hit pay dirt a few years ago with their catchy slogan, "I am Canadian." That cheeky statement became wildly popular with hockey fans, ball teams, back yard charbroil lovers and a l
United we stand: by-elections show us the power of politics
August 6, 2013
The recent by-elections saw Ontarians reject Progressive Conservative proposals for austerity, reduced services and the introduction of American style labour laws.
The Death of a Dream
July 23, 2013
I like some of things about the U.S.A., but a lot of what they do doesn't fit my values. This tension arose last during the attempt by the city of Detroit to declare bankruptcy.
Personal Prosperity and Social Justice
July 11, 2013
Personal prosperity and social justice – why are these ideals often polarized? Can they coexist? Why do politicians oppose an overlap when trade unions have united the ideals for decades?
May 24, 2013
Product branding. From Ford to Coke, corporations, organizations and political parties rely on it to build their customer loyalty.