“OPSEU/NUPGE wrote the book, literally, when it comes to wages and working conditions for full-time college support staff, but part-time staff at our community colleges have endured inferior wages and working conditions for too long." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Education and Training
“When Social Impact Bonds first appeared we expected that they would prove to be more expensive, but this is even worse than what we expected." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Ottawa (09 March 2016) — Based on figures from the intermediary group running the first Social Impact Bond project funded by the Canadian government, 60 per cent of the funds are being spent on overhead and investor profits.
Only 40% of government funding going to skills training
"Make no mistake: this isn’t about vulnerable children’s welfare. This is about cutting costs." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Getting these three deals finalized is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our bargaining teams. We're glad we can move forward with these contracts in place." — NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle
“There is no better cure for precarious work than giving workers a voice. And there’s no better voice for workers than a union.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Funding per student is down 18 per cent since 2008. We’re dead last in Canada. Meanwhile, the demands on colleges are through the roof. It’s no wonder they’re desperate." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“I’m delighted the Premier has turned her mind to the intolerable situation in Saudi Arabia. But what’s she going to do about the pain she’s inflicted on Ontario’s colleges? That’s where this whole mess started” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas
"This kind of endorsed discrimination against women is never okay, and certainly not in 2016. For a government that claims it wants to close the wage gap between men and women, it’s highly problematic that it won’t allow women into two of its colleges." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Now it's time for the membership to study the tentative agreement and vote." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
NSGEU/NUPGE is optimistic that the strong collective message members have sent will help in the next step of bargaining.