“The tables are turning for these workers. Joining OPSEU/NUPGE is going to be the change they’re looking for and more. With the full strength of OPSEU/NUPGE on their side, things are about to get a lot better.” —Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Sudbury (05 Sept. 2018) — Food service workers at Cambrian College in Sudbury are now members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
The successful certification shows that the 32 members are determined to improve their lives and workplaces, said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“The tables are turning for these workers. Joining OPSEU/NUPGE is going to be the change they’re looking for and more. With the full strength of OPSEU/NUPGE on their side, things are about to get a lot better.”
OPSEU/NUPGE's reputation for representing college staff spoke loudly
Chad Ravary, President of Local 656 with OPSEU’s College Support Division, said food services workers approached him because they saw how well OPSEU/NUPGE representation benefited the other college staff. OPSEU/NUPGE represents full-time and part-time support staff as well as faculty at Cambrian College.
“These workers have been struggling to survive on minimum wage for years. The only time they have ever seen a wage increase is when the minimum wage goes up. They deserve better than that," said Ravary.
“Minimum wage simply isn’t livable. No one can get by on $14 an hour,” Ravary added.
Providing a stronger voice for workers
Food service workers at Cambrian College are employed by Chartwells, which is a Compass Group Canada company.
Thomas says this latest certification is just another reason that public sector workers who don’t have a bargaining agent should consider OPSEU/NUPGE.
“There is always room in our tent for more members,” Thomas said. “If you want your employer to hear you, the smart choice is to let OPSEU be your voice.”
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 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