"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
"Premier Ford has chosen to launch a partisan attack by introducing his Making Ontario Open for Business Act. Dismantling the previous government’s legislation means 'open for business' is really just code for shutting down workers’ rights and attacking unions." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Ford talks about bringing quality jobs back to Ontario to help families get ahead, but the actions he takes to attack the workers of Ontario, and eliminate quality jobs, speak louder than words." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"These workers are about to start reaping the benefits of joining OPSEU/NUPGE. They had no wage grid, no pay in lieu and no group RRSP. All of that has just changed." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Communities need a real choice. A responsible choice. A choice like the LCBO." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The need for an investigation is clear. Members of the public — along with investors who don’t enjoy insider connections to the premier of the day — deserve to know that the market is truly free, fair and efficient.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President