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January 12, 2018

The Ontario Council of Education Workers (OCEW) continues discussions with the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) on finalizing a benefit plan for its members.

December 11, 2017

The members of your OPSEU Sector 3 executive would like to thank you for your support at the 2017 BPS Conference!

September 28, 2017

Barrie – Following the latest assault on an educational assistant with the Simcoe County District School Board, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is calling on the board to make staff safety its top priority.

June 30, 2017

Tens of thousands of students are graduating this week from schools that OPSEU members have helped keep open.

June 29, 2017

Some 800 delegates to the OPSEU Broader Public Service conference on June 23-25 held elections for their divisional executives. The following members were elected for a two-year term:

Sector 1: Ambulance

James Ramage (L256), Chair

Jason Brearley (L303), Vice Chair

In the wake of the surprise collapse of the UK-based multinational Carillion, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on the provincial government to put the privatized services that Carillion delivered back into the hands of professional and qualified public service workers.

“This is a clear sign that privatization doesn’t work,” says Thomas. “It’s ineffective. It’s over-priced. And as we’re learning today, it’s totally unreliable. This is another example of failed privatization taking more money out of the pockets of Ontarians.

“I’m demanding that our government face these facts and begin bringing privatized services back under public management, where they belong,” Thomas says. “Here in Ontario, let’s start with services Carillion had been providing — we clearly can’t count on them anymore.”

Before its collapse, the Ontario government had privatized a variety of services to Carillion, including maintenance services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and the snowplowing of significant stretches of the 400-series and rural highways. Even before this week’s collapse, Carillion’s track-record in Ontario has been poor:

  • In 2004, Carillion led the privatized design and construction of the William Osler Health Centre, which the Ontario Auditor General later said cost us a half-billion too much.
  • In 2014, the company was fined $900,000 for failing to fulfil its contractual duties in highway maintenance.
  • In 2016, the company pleaded guilty to illegally dumping oil and toxic paint coating.
  • Late last year, the corporation abandoned its snowplowing contract in the Huntsville area after a string of complaints from the public.

“Carillion was a mess, but its sudden demise puts services, workers, and the public at needless risk,” said Thomas. “We have to protect ourselves from privatization disasters like this by bringing these services back in-house.

“Remember: Carillion isn’t the only large corporation providing privatized public services in Ontario,” Thomas added.  “It’s time for us to look at all of those contracts and ask ourselves if they’re worth the risk.”

For more information: Warren (Smokey) Thomas, 613-329-1931




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