Workers at Reconnect Mental Health Services vote to join OPSEU

Members of Reconnect join those of five other mental health agencies that have made OPSEU/NUPGE their union of choice this past year." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division

Toronto (17 Nov.2015) — Workers from Reconnect Mental Health Services in Toronto voted to become the latest members to have the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) represent them. OPSEU/NUPGE now represents more mental health workers than any other union in Ontario.

OPSEU/NUPGE represents majority of mental health workers in Ontario

The new members provide a diverse range of vital community-based mental health services. The workers specialize in areas that include addiction counseling, crisis intervention and housing support. Reconnect services clients within the Greater Toronto area and southern Ontario.

Reconnect plays a major role in the area of community mental health and addictions by providing safe, effective and personalized services. The organization drives innovation to improve services and creates conditions that deliver the highest standard of care.

The workers joining OPSEU/NUPGE include case managers, nurse case managers, mental health workers, workers for short-term crisis beds and case managers for older adults with addictions.

OPSEU/NUPGE champions issues for mental health workers

Ed Arvelin, chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division, said the new members enhance OPSEU/NUPGE’s reputation as the best union for mental health workers. “Members of Reconnect join those of five other mental health agencies that have made OPSEU/NUPGE their union of choice this past year,” Mr. Arvelin said.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas welcomed the new members and pledged to champion the trust they had placed in the union. “We truly know and understand the issues that are of particular concern to mental health workers. OPSEU/NUPGE has the expertise and the experience.”

Reconnect ensures public service resources and budgets are used appropriately and effectively to achieve the best outcomes for individuals and the community.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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