“I can’t believe the province is allowing public dollars to be spent on hotels and travel expenses for supervisors from Ottawa to work in Peel. All of that money could go into providing better services for children and families." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"These workers make a tiny fraction of the $300,000 she [Lise Bourgeois, college president] makes each year — yet she continues to use every trick in the book to try to keep them from having a voice.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Shelter House of Thunder Bay provided shelter to 928 individuals for a total of 20,352 bed stays in 2016. The SOS program provided 4,923 transports, and gave out 21,696 amenities such as blankets, coats, food, and water to homeless people in need.
"For years, OPSEU/NUPGE has campaigned tirelessly to improve conditions inside care facilities for the benefit of patients, their families and workers alike. We look forward to carrying forward that tradition at Waterford." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Watch OPSEU/NUPGE's new video, Telling our stories: reimagining the safety net, about social services and social service workers in Ontario.
"On behalf of our 370,000 members across Canada, we send our condolences to Fred's family and friends, and thank them for sharing Fred with us for so long." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We’ll be able to stay engaged with broader faculty issues...at the same time we’ll add the strength of a major union to fight the battles our members face, while allowing us to play a part in the wider struggle for social justice.” —Pelham Matthews, President, Algoma University Faculty Association
“Our work is protecting society’s most vulnerable children. We can’t give each child the attention and care they need if we’re juggling more cases than we can handle.” — Nicole Dennison McLeod, President of OPSEU Local 459
“They’re hearing – from people like the Auditor General – about the tremendous waste of their tax dollars through outsourcing and public-private partnerships. They’re also discovering no one is immune to this assault on public services." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"At a time when hospitals are increasingly facing cuts and restructuring across Ontario, hospital professionals are highly aware of the importance of joining a union." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President