OPSEU welcomes new members in health and university sectors

“Once again, health care workers have chosen OPSEU/NUPGE as the union that has the experience and innovation to best represent them in these changing times,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

Union yes checkmarkToronto (15 Oct. 2012) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) welcomes two new groups of workers into the union. The newest bargaining unit is at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division in Toronto. In a vote held on October 11, employees voted 83 per cent in favour of joining OPSEU/NUPGE.

These new members provide policy, research and communications for all CMHA branches in Ontario. “Once again, health care workers have chosen OPSEU/NUPGE as the union that has the experience and innovation to best represent them in these changing times,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “They are a solid addition to the union's Mental Health Division.”

The second group, the Campus Police at the University of Western Ontario voted to join the union on September 21. These special constables provide enforcement and security for the university’s community members and guests.

Members voted over 90 per cent to choose OPSEU/NUPGE as their new union, as a result of a merger of the University of Western Ontario Police Association (UWOPA) with OPSEU/NUPGE.

Doug Rook, President of the Association, said that his members are very happy to now be a part of their new union. “The mere mention of OPSEU/NUPGE has moved the dynamics of our workplace in a positive direction,” Rook said. “There are still a lot of issues to be addressed and we're still striving for a safe and respectful workplace but we're confident these issues will be addressed and we look forward to even more improvements in the near future.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas welcomes our newest members of the union's Universities Sector. “We are proud to represent this group and will work with them to achieve a better working environment.”

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