“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
Education and Training
"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.
"Will the Liberals stop forcing Ontario’s colleges to seek revenue sources through offshore boondoggles? Or will they adequately fund our colleges so they can focus on providing the skills that bring jobs and prosperity to the province?" — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (14 Jan. 2016) — As more facts come to light on Algonquin College’s questionable presence in Saudi Arabia, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), is seeking answers from Reza Moridi, Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities.
"The government needs to provide adequate funding for public services in Canada, not come up with short-term revenue schemes that end up costing more." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“Algonquin College needs to get out of Saudi Arabia, and the Liberals need to give colleges the means to do their job: providing the education that will bring jobs and prosperity to the province.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"York has recognized their expertise, experience and contributions. The ratified agreements advance members’ issues and set the stage for further improvements in the future.” — Bernard King, OPSEU staff representative