"This is not the end. This is a new beginning and provides us clarity for what we must do. Your work is valuable and deserving of a wage that is fair and representative of your colleagues across the country. Benefits that you have earned over the years should not be legislated away with the swipe of pen from a hand sitting in the Premier’s Office." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.
“These workers need and deserve the kind of working conditions that will allow them to continue providing the best possible blood services to the people of Ontario — public services that Ontarians can trust and have complete confidence in." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"After all the labour havoc they have caused during their last term in office, haven't they realized they should stay out of the process and stop causing employees such unnecessary distress?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“One of our top priorities is ensuring our services foster the inclusion and dignity that adults with developmental disabilities have a right to. However, the employer doesn’t think we deserve the same kind of dignity — not when they’re offering us dimes.” — Sue Walker, President, OPSEU Local 249
"We will continue to push for [domestic violence leave] in negotiations, with the ultimate goal of it becoming part of the labour laws in our province." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
“They are proud to be part of the fabric of the local community and the nearby counties. It’s time their hard work and dedication to their jobs be acknowledged with a fair collective agreement.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"All we're asking for is a fair deal for workers. We urge the employer to come back to the bargaining table with a view to getting a deal done." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“College faculty are committed to providing high-quality education for the hundreds of thousands of students who rely on Ontario colleges to prepare them for the rest of their lives. It’s time for management to listen to their expertise on how best to do that.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
"It is now abundantly clear that government is not genuinely interested in reaching an agreement with our members." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“By agreeing to these additional conciliation dates, we are leaving no stone unturned and taking every possible step to try and reach a fair collective agreement for our members.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.
"These are folks who have dedicated their lives to helping those in need find employment and get a fresh start on life. They deserve a hell of a lot better than the way their bosses are treating them." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"When the employer saw that workers were determined to get a deal that respected their professionalism and dedication to their work, management came back to the table at the 11th hour. My warm congratulations to New Path workers and thanks to bargaining team members and OPSEU staff." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"These workers weren’t about to accept that. Instead, this bargaining team took on the challenge of not just limiting the growth of casual positions, but actually pushing back and demanding an increase in the number of good, full-time jobs." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"When the employer saw that workers were determined to get a deal that respected their professionalism and commitment, they came back to the table at the 11th hour." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The people of the province deserve to know what this government is spending to outsource and duplicate efforts on the negotiations front. Our members deserve to know what their employer is paying to have a law firm take them on at the bargaining table.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“In this day and age,” he said, “it’s hard to imagine a government-funded agency would think it could throw gift cards at staff, rather than meaningfully and fairly compensating them for the outstanding services and care they provide.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Union says contract is fair and equitable for both sides.
Delegates from around the province will be elected to represent their region at the December conference at the union’s regular fall regional meetings in September and October.
“I want to thank these workers for taking a stand against the negative impacts of precarious work, which is a sad fact of life for far too many workers today.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
5-year agreement improves wages and benefits.