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August 19, 2016

"The government needs to take some responsibility and impose uniform safety regulations – not to mention eligibility for WSIB — from one end of the province to the other." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU

August 11, 2016

The collapse of the Heron Road Bridge remains one of the single largest construction workplace disasters in Ontario and one of the biggest in North America. On that fateful afternoon, nine workers lost their lives, more than sixty were injured altering numerous lives forever.

July 26, 2016

"These workers are telling their stories because they fear someone is going to get killed at work. How much more blood needs to be spilled before they are heard?” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

July 22, 2016

The Ontario government's introduction of the Social Asisstance Managment System has created a serious health crisis among workers, report shows.

July 21, 2016

The Health Sciences Association of Alberta encourages its members to attend this conference.       

July 19, 2016

“This is a symptom of a massive, systemic management problem around violence and psychological safety we see in mental health care." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

July 18, 2016

“Asking nurses to do double-duty as security personnel runs contrary to the philosophy that there should be a therapeutic relationship between patient and caregiver." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

July 12, 2016

“We are committed to getting these stories out in the open so people can understand what’s going on inside Waypoint.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU

July 8, 2016

“Waypoint management is only adding to our risk of becoming victims of violence by making us work alone.” — Pete Sheehan, OPSEU Local 329 President

June 30, 2016

Vancouver (30 June 2016) — On June 27,  representatives of the B.C. Government and General Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) met with senior WorkSafeBC officials to discuss the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 provincial jails.

BCGEU/NUPGE pushes for action on increased violence in jails

Representing BCGEU/NUPGE was Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President & Chair of Component 1, Brian Campbell, Component 2nd Vice-Chair, Brandon Cox, Component Executive member and Staff Representative Mike Eso.

The issues raised at the meeting include