“It’s not too late for Ford to abandon his failed privatization policy and switch back to the original plan of putting cannabis sales in the trusted and experienced hands of the LCBO." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Organizing isn’t a suspicious activity, it is a constitutional right fully given to workers. I demand the Premier and his government back off." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The hospital is resorting to censorship to prevent our members from speaking up about sexism and injustice.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU
“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.