“I do know that organizing the staff and negotiating a first contract with Saint Elizabeth Health Care was extraordinarily difficult, and the employer was very clear that they did not want to deal with a union in any way, shape or form." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“We have poured millions of taxpayers’ dollars into a system that is creating real hardship for people who depend on social assistance. At a certain point, we should cut our losses and move on.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“So privatization costs the government more; and this move with beer and wine sales will mean the government takes in less. This is a strange approach in hard economic times." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (17 March 2015) — "The news that the government plans to introduce the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores is troubling in four very distinct ways," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
Workers across Ontario vote to join OPSEU/NUPGE.
The breakdown of the SAMS computer program has had a heavy toll on the thousands of disadvantaged people who rely on social assistance.
"Ms. Jaczek ignored the sound advice she was offered by frontline staff months ago and chose instead to forge ahead with a new system that was not fit for operation." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Too many tax dollars are being stuffed in the pockets of the private sector when the evidence shows that public service workers can achieve the same results cheaper and fairer.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“Home care is key to health system reform, yet the government has done little over the last decade to stabilize the sector." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“OPSEU would not make this effort if we did not truly believe that public services in Sudbury and across Ontario are at risk of privatization like never before. But they are, and the Wynne government’s privatization scheme is real.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"Both sides should understand clearly, we are prepared to throw the full resources of OPSEU/NUPGE behind our members if Care Partners forces us to resort to job action. That's not our preferred option but one we're willing to take if this standstill continues much longer." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.