Mental health workers in Leeds-Grenville vote to join OPSEU | National Union of Public and General Employees

Mental health workers in Leeds-Grenville vote to join OPSEU

"Our union is unquestionably the leader when it comes to protecting community mental health workers, especially at a time when the sector is facing an unprecedented realignment of services." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

Toronto (31 July 2015) — Workers with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Leeds-Grenville have unanimously voted to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) following a representation vote in Brockville last week.

For community mental health workers, the union of choice is OPSEU/NUPGE

“The trend is clear: more and more community mental health workers in Ontario have signaled that OPSEU/NUPGE is their union of choice,” said Ed Arvelin, chair of the union’s mental health sector. “They see what OPSEU/NUPGE can deliver in respect to stronger contracts and better contract enforcement.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas echoed that view.

“The fact that these members voted 100 per cent in favour of joining OPSEU/NUPGE demonstrates that our union is unquestionably the leader when it comes to protecting community mental health workers, especially at a time when the sector is facing an unprecedented realignment of services," said Thomas. "On behalf of our executive board, I wish to welcome our newest OPSEU/NUPGE members.”

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