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President's Messages: 2009 to Current
Time to Place our Bets
May 1, 2013
For those that don’t support a financial transaction tax and think that a free market economy is the key to prosperity, I point to the San Francisco-based hedge fund Hyphen Partners Ltd.
Outsourcing and Temporary Foreign Workers
April 16, 2013
Sometimes when I think I've seen and heard it all, sweet irony serves up another life lesson.
Happy International Women's Day 2013
March 8, 2013
On this day of celebration for all the achievements of women, I want to pay a special tribute to all of OPSEU’s women leaders, activists and members.
The Ground is Always Shifting
February 22, 2013
At first, we didn't know what to call it even though we could feel it. We had a growing sense that something wasn't right. Things that mattered to Ontarians stopped being fair.
Black History is a story of hope, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity
February 5, 2013
OPSEU's commitment to equity issues and international solidarity makes me proud to be president of this union.
A very Happy New Year greeting to everyone!
January 17, 2013
As I look forward I believe 2013 will be the year in which we rebuild the floor under Ontario's middle class and eliminate the threat of job loss and economic decline that many (for good reasons) n
Hijacked and Out of Control
December 7, 2012
Hijacked. That’s a word to describe the morphing of the once proud Progressive Conservative Party (PC) of Ontario into the neo-liberal wing of the American Tea Party. So, how did it happen?
We're not for sale!
November 21, 2012
When you apply privatization and outsourcing to public services it all adds up to the same thing: Profit for a few and job losses for many. Worse yet, it brings inferior services to all.
Let Freedom Reign!
November 13, 2012
Mitt Romney was absolutely right. The US presidential election was all about freedom.
Prosperity: Is it at the corner of Main Street and Union Way?
October 26, 2012
Some say that we're all in this together. But are we really?
What Goes Around Comes Around
October 12, 2012
The wheels on the bus go round and round. The more things change the more they stay the same. The question remains, why?
A Pathway to Prosperity
September 25, 2012
In past articles we’ve identified the causes of our current economic crisis. Now comes the hard part: providing solutions. We must now map Ontario’s pathway to prosperity.
Truth and Consequences: Finding the path ahead in 2012
September 7, 2012
It has been a hot summer. The provincial government that had proclaimed itself to be a peace-maker, attacked working people and the middle class.
Cash Without a Pulse
August 27, 2012
“Dead money.” That’s what Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney this week called the half trillion dollars Canadian corporations have stashed away.
Draining Retirement Savings to Build Corporate Wealth
August 8, 2012
When the watering hole shrinks, human nature often forces the herd to embrace a right-wing political agenda. How sad! Tough times should inspire unity and cohesion.
Corporations Giving “the Business” to Canadians
July 6, 2012
Last week, in an apparent moment of heightened consciousness, Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail scolded corporations for their poor behaviour.
We all have choices
June 25, 2012
Dalton McGuinty and Dwight Duncan had choices. People or politics. Decency or deceit. Ontario or their entourage.
Politics and Spin – Don’t get dizzy!
June 6, 2012
Spin. A modern communication tool used by business and government. In a bygone era, we had a bovine reference for that sort of nonsense but I digress.
Convention 2012 Provides An Action Plan For The Year Ahead
May 30, 2012
I’ve been attending OPSEU Convention for four decades. Each has its own theme and personality. The 2012 Convention can be summed up by the following comments that came my way!
Acting on OPSEU’s Action Plan - A Report from Convention 2012
April 26, 2012
With Convention 2012 behind us it’s time to hit the ground running. There is no time for rest and recreation with all the challenges around us.
Responding to the March Budgets
April 5, 2012
The federal and provincial governments, in their budget speeches made one thing perfectly clear- there can be no March break for the middle class, the poor or the vulnerable.
Working Together - Leading the Resistance Movement
March 14, 2012
The clouds of conflict gather as we count down to the federal and provincial budgets.
Ontario at International Women’s Day 2012
March 8, 2012
Premier Dad, Dalton McGuinty, really thinks he knows best.
A vision of life in Drummondville
February 27, 2012
Welcome to Drummondville. We’re not in the city with the same name east of Montreal. We’re in a place in Ontario built on the musings of a $1500 a day consultant/banker.
Information you need! Analysis - Drummond Recommendations
February 15, 2012
Out of Step With Ontario is an initial look at the Drummond Report.
Will austerity lead to prosperity?
February 3, 2012
After the 1930s depression, Canadians recognized that the growth of ungoverned capitalism and greed could destroy the future of a generation.
Celebrating Black History Month
February 1, 2012
February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time where we recognize the diverse cultural heritage of Black Canadians and take pride in their achievements.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself
January 24, 2012
These words, from the inaugural address of Democratic President and New Deal architect Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were as true then as they are now.
The new “government” of corporate elite
January 4, 2012
The power of the stock market has now surpassed the power of nation states. Governments, once guided by democracy, are under the influence of this new “privelegocracy”.
Standing together in 2012
December 19, 2011
Let’s take a few minutes to reflect on our good fortune. At the same time we must be mindful of the problems and threats ahead.
Canada’s democracy has never been at greater risk. Its enemy lies within. The question is where?
December 19, 2011
For years the radical right has spilled a lot of ink to convincing us that special interest groups have high-jacked our most respected and valued institutions.
End the marriage between business and government
November 25, 2011
OPSEU supports the Occupy movement
November 2, 2011
Wall Street protests come to Ontario
October 14, 2011
Dear friends, A new people’s movement is being born before our eyes.
We have voted for a new kind of Ontario
October 7, 2011
Ontario’s elections have demonstrated clearly that our province is mobilizing for change. People across the province are demanding good, permanent full-time jobs.
Oct. 6 is Election Day: get out and vote!
October 5, 2011
Dear friends, Every election is important but tomorrow’s vote holds particular significance. If you are an OPSEU member this election will affect your life at home and at work.
There's a price attached to building a better Ontario
September 12, 2011
The future of good, full-time jobs is on the line
September 1, 2011
Labour Day and the value of work
August 25, 2011
Dear friends, As we head to Labour Day and the Oct. 6 provincial election, I’ve been thinking a lot about work.
Get ready to defend your right to retire
July 13, 2011
If you are an OPSEU member with a pension plan, get ready to defend your right to retire.
Jump in to the election conversation
June 3, 2011
Dear friends: Ontarians go to the polls to elect a new provincial government on Oct. 6. It’s time for all of us to jump into the conversation.
Four tough years for Canada
May 4, 2011
Dear friends, The election of a Stephen Harper majority government marks the start of four tough years for Canada.
Looking ahead to the next 100 years
April 12, 2011
Convention 2011 provided OPSEU with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate 100 years of achievement for our great union as well as a timely occasion to look forward to the century ahead.
Welcome to OPSEU’s 100 Year Anniversary Convention
April 5, 2011
This is a big year for OPSEU: It has been 100 years since we were first established in 1911 as the CSAO. In celebration of this centennial anniversary we are having the biggest Convention ever.
Profits and poverty: a look at two budgets
March 23, 2011
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty called his March 22 Budget A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth. I’d call it something else: A Program for Profits and Poverty.
Celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day
March 4, 2011
For 100 years now, International Women's Day has been celebrated around the world. In North America, it started when women workers marched through the streets of New York City demanding shorter wo
Wisconsin in Ontario
February 23, 2011
Dear friends: Recently, The Economist magazine called on governments everywhere to declare war on public employees and their unions.
International Year for People of African Descent and Black History Month
February 5, 2011
People for Corporate Tax Cuts
January 19, 2011
Have your say on Ontario’s budget
January 11, 2011