“Premier Wynne has spoken at great length in recent months about the plight of precarious workers. The hundreds of thousands of Ontarians in part-time, temporary and insecure jobs will judge your government’s sincerity on this issue by your actions in this case.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU
“These votes could be counted tomorrow, if Kathleen Wynne says so. After more than 7 years, and 2 organizing drives, these workers have waited long enough.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A submission from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union provides a recipe for a revitalized college system that can continue to serve a vital role in supporting and strengthening Ontario’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.
“To every part-time support staff worker in every college, I say, ‘It’s taken half a century to make this vote happen. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.’” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This has been the biggest organizing drive in Canadian history,” Thomas said. “I’m calling on the colleges, and the Premier, to recognize the deep desire of thousands of Ontarians to have their voices heard, and to cooperate with us to schedule this historic vote.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"In the last two years, courts across Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have ruled that collective bargaining rights deserve constitutional protection because they enhance Charter values of democracy, dignity and equality.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“Based on the Liberals’ track record, when faced with opposition, they respond just enough to blunt that opposition but then continue on the same track once things quiet down." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We’ve been flooded with stories from students and parents who’ve been deeply touched by these schools.They speak of miracles — miracles that come from an education these kids simply can’t get in the regular stream." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Our newspaper ads go right to the heart of the matter. The highest-paid people in Ontario’s colleges are doing everything they can to stop some of the lowest-paid from getting ahead. That’s a fact.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“OPSEU/NUPGE wrote the book, literally, when it comes to wages and working conditions for full-time college support staff, but part-time staff at our community colleges have endured inferior wages and working conditions for too long." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“When Social Impact Bonds first appeared we expected that they would prove to be more expensive, but this is even worse than what we expected." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"Make no mistake: this isn’t about vulnerable children’s welfare. This is about cutting costs." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Getting these three deals finalized is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our bargaining teams. We're glad we can move forward with these contracts in place." — NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle
“There is no better cure for precarious work than giving workers a voice. And there’s no better voice for workers than a union.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Funding per student is down 18 per cent since 2008. We’re dead last in Canada. Meanwhile, the demands on colleges are through the roof. It’s no wonder they’re desperate." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President