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Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling the provincial government’s announced closure of the Ontario Fire College a major blow to small and rural communities. “Most communities are already suffering the effects of never-ending COVID-19 lockdowns,” said Thomas. “They don’t need more costs piled on their plate, they need relief now.” The college,...

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Layoff notices issued for Ontario hospitality and gaming workers during the COVID-19 crisis are just another example of greed, and highlight how privatization is eroding government social safety nets aimed at protecting people from financial ruin or worse, says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “All I can do is shake my head,” said Thomas, pointing...

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On March 10, approximately 25 OPSEU members from Canadian Blood Services (CBS) locals across the province info-picketed at CBS’s College St location in downtown Toronto. They were there to inform people about their concerns for public safety as a consequence of frontline staffing cutbacks. They were joined by OPSEU members from the Heath Care Divisional...

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