The agreement to allow full searches of the institution is a step forward but underlying problems of over-crowding, low staffing, inadequate training and lack of security equipment remain.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“It appears that home support staff earning as little as $12.88 per hour in Canada are being asked to pay the price for Extendicare’s business decisions in the U.S.,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“From the beginning, the Ministry resisted making changes. Now, lives have been lost and the very people who raised the concerns are being fired. This is heart-breaking on all levels.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Workers want a fair deal from ParaMed Home Health Care — not five-year wage freezes and increased mileage costs.
"I want to congratulate college faculty on negotiating a tentative contract that helps to protect and enshrine quality education for students." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“On behalf of these skilled hospital workers, we are able to bargain from a real position of power.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“The cost of the managers’ strike accommodations is estimated to be over $500,000. If they took that money and invested it in their front-line staff and facilities, it would go a long way in ensuring there weren’t any future labour disputes.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (05 June 2014) — Hiring private companies to deliver public services and finance infrastructure projects is costing Ontarians more and delivering less, says a new short film from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUGPE).
New documentary shows "epic fail" of privatization
“Whoever wins the upcoming Ontario election, we will hold them to account with regards to committing to quality post-secondary education,” said Thomas.
“We always knew Hudak’s positions on a score of issues were extremist, but a job-killing plan on this scale will help destroy the economic health of communities across Ontario." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.