“Workers have the right to bargain collectively, and this rests upon the right to strike — otherwise, employers would always have the upper hand. It’s not always pain-free, but it’s principled." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
For workers, even after deductions, an increase in the minimum wage provides two times the benefit of a tax cut.
“Faculty are the real leaders trying to improve the college system, and I am immensely proud that we stood up for fairness for all faculty and a higher quality of education for our students.” — JP Hornick, Chair of the OPSEU college faculty bargaining team
“As expected, privatization means that protecting the environment takes a back seat to maximizing profits.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"It doesn't have to be this way. We hope that growing public pressure on the government and LCBO management will help them do the right thing and come to the table with a fair deal for these workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Is Walmart really the future Kathleen Wynne wants for Ontario?" — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"This move means less money for the government to pay for public services. It means reduced social responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. And with the increased availability of alcohol, it means higher health and social costs.” — Denise Davis, OPSEU Chair, Liquor Board Division
“That’s like putting one fox in charge of keeping the other foxes out of the chicken coop,” said Thomas. “These folks just can’t help themselves. They still believe that, as Liberals, they’re 'entitled to their 'entitlements'." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Toronto Hydro, just like Hydro One, provides real value to the public. It meets an important need, and the profits that it generates help to pay for the public services we all rely on." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Kathleen Wynne’s sudden interest in the needs of everyday Ontarians is all about her political survival, nothing more." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas.