TSSA safety inspectors on strike now

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Strike for safety

Tell Doug Ford: stand up for public safety!

Public safety is a provincial responsibility, but how safe is Ontario as the premier lets public safety inspectors  languish on strike?

We’re proud of the work we do as TSSA inspectors. All we want is a fair contract – it’s what everyone should have as we celebrate Labour Day.

But Doug Ford is making that impossible for us.

If you agree that people deserve respect at work, union standards, and fair treatment – send an email right now to the Premier to get it done! Get it done!

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You can help end the Strike for Safety:

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Make a call!

Contact the heads of the TSSA and urge the employer to negotiate fairly with safety inspectors!

Sign the petition!

OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 TSSA members are safety inspectors at the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). They inspect everything from amusement park rides, food trucks and elevators, to fuel burning equipment, propane dispensing stations, boilers and pressure vessels and elements in nuclear power plants. They are experts in their field who care strongly about public safety; the work they do is critical to the safety of Ontarians.

What these workers are asking for is reasonable. They want improved accountability for public safety standards and practices from the TSSA. They want wages and benefits that are consistent with industry standards, to help address understaffing issues and improve retention and recruitment. They want to have a stronger voice in their workplace as an equal partner at the TSSA.

Petition

I stand with OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 TSSA Members.

I stand for treating safety inspectors with respect.

I stand for ensuring that frontline workers receive the support necessary to do their jobs successfully.

I stand for ensuring that frontline workers have a strong voice in their industry of expertise.

I stand for a stronger public safety industry in Ontario for years to come.

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with all safety inspectors at the TSSA during bargaining for their first collective agreement. We ask that the TSSA negotiate respectfully and fairly during the bargaining process and work with the OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 TSSA bargaining team to reach an agreement and end the strike/lockout.

Sincerely,

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Email your MPP!

The government is the ultimate authority on safety. You can help end this strike by making sure your MPP knows what’s at stake!

Here’s text of an email you’re welcome to use. Please CC opseucommunications@opseu.org

Subject line: Intervene for public safety – tell the TSSA to negotiate fairly with safety inspectors

Dear [Your MPP name here — find their name on the Ontario Legislature’s website]

I’m writing to you on behalf of all members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 – TSSA. The safety inspectors working at the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) have been bargaining since November 2021 for their first collective agreement. They unionized in 2021 to remedy a host of inequitable practices in their workplace (understaffing, high workloads, wages below industry standard, and more).

Safety Inspectors at the TSSA inspect everything from amusement park rides, food trucks and elevators, to fuel burning equipment, propane dispensing stations, boilers and pressure vessels and elements in nuclear power plants. They are experts in their field who care strongly about public safety; the work they do is critical to the safety of Ontarians.

It’s been eight months since bargaining began, with little progress in reaching a fair collective agreement with their employer. This led to the membership voting 89% in favour of a strike mandate.

What these workers are asking for is reasonable. They want improved accountability for public safety standards and practices from the TSSA. They want wages and benefits that are consistent with industry standards, to help address understaffing issues and improve retention and recruitment. They want to have a stronger voice in their workplace as an equal partner at the TSSA.

TSSA safety inspectors are valuable in maintaining a high standard of public safety and they deserve to be treated with respect by their employer.

I am asking that you intervene by reaching out to the heads of the TSSA (contact information below) to demand that they stop the stonewalling, intimidation and manipulation tactics they have been engaged in, and negotiate fairly with OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 TSSA members to reach a deal.

Thank you.

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Voice your support!

Send a message of solidarity to Local 546 TSSA Safety Inspectors telling them why you support the #StrikeforSafety!

Tell the TSSA: Put safety first!

You care about the safety of your family and community.

Tell us your name and the town/city you live in, and we’ll send an email on your behalf to the leaders of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), urging them to get back to bargaining and start treating safety and safety inspectors with the respect they deserve!

Text of email

To TSSA chairman Robert (RJ) Falconi, TSSA CEO Bonnie Rose, and TSSA VP of Human Resources Laura Desjardins:

My name is [your name will appear here] and I live in [your community will appear here].

I’ve just met some of the safety inspectors who you've forced on strike.

Like all Ontarians, I expect the highest standard of safety for myself and my family, which is why I’m disturbed to hear you’ve forced these inspectors out on strike.

If you care about public safety, then get back to the table and bargain a fair deal so these inspectors can get back to work!

Sincerely,

[Your name will appear here]

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Donate!

We really appreciate your support for the #StrikeforSafety. If you’d like to donate to OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 – TSSA, here are the details:

Please write the cheque to: OPSEU Local 546

Write in memo line: “Local 546 TSSA Strike Donation”

Mailing address:

John Noga
22 Oak Street
Georgetown, ON
L7G 5T6

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Spread the Word!

Share your solidarity on social media using the hashtag #strikeforsafety !