“Our goal remains to protect the mental health services for our communities by protecting the people who provide that service." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division
Toronto (26 April 2016) — On April 20, mental health professionals from the Brant branch and Haldimand-Norfolk branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) voted to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
Mental health workers choose OPSEU/NUPGE
The Haldimand-Norfolk branch is scheduled to merge with the Brant County branch this spring, and by joining OPSEU/NUPGE nearly 65 mental health professionals will now have the union’s protection.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, extended a warm welcome to the new members on behalf of the executive board. “If it’s about protecting wages, benefits and working conditions through all of this restructuring, there’s no better choice than OPSEU/NUPGE,” Thomas said.
Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU’s Mental Health Division, was also pleased to welcome the new members. “Our goal remains to protect the mental health services for our communities by protecting the people who provide that service,” he said.
The CMHA has been providing community outreach services and affordable housing since 1988.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE