“It looks like this government is putting corporate interests ahead of public safety. But there’s still time to fix it, and OPSEU/NUPGE members will keep up the fight to hold them accountable.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The current regulations were brought in following a number of heartbreaking tragedies, such as the death of 2-year-old Eva Ravikovich, who died in 2013 after being left in an SUV for hours on a hot summer day.
“OPSEU Local 345 is 98 per cent women, and it’s the only local at the hospital that’s being targeted with a wage freeze." — Eddy Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasuer
“I’m not sure if I’m angrier that they’re rigging job evaluations or that they’re doing it to hurt women who are already among their lowest-paid employees." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Our new members have given themselves the power to improve working conditions and have a real voice in the workplace. They made a very smart choice." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"It’s all part of a bigger plan to pay for whopping tax cuts for his friends on the backs of minorities and the most vulnerable people in our province." — Hervé Cavanagh, Chair of OPSEU’s Francophone Committee.
Despite the government’s rhetoric that improved labour laws were “job killers,” Thomas pointed to the latest Statistics Canada data that shows employment in Ontario increased by 1.2 per cent since last October.
“People earning minimum wage will get a tiny tax cut, but it will be peanuts compared to what they would have received if the government hadn’t canceled the $15 minimum wage. It’s disgusting that they’re trumpeting themselves as champions of ‘the little guy’ while stealing from their pockets.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President Treasurer
“It’s part of their strategy: say the sky is falling to justify a hidden agenda of deep public sector cuts and privatization. Well Minister, we aren’t going to sit by and wait for the fallout. We’re ready to fight.” —Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Our members haven’t been given an exemption from inflation, the cost of living hasn't stood still for them." — Warren Thomas, OPSEU President