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November 1, 2017

"Currently 16,000 members of my own union who are instructors, librarians and other professional staff in community colleges in the province of Ontario have been on strike for the past 3 weeks on this very issue. Over 60 per cent of the faculty are on short-term contracts, usually 4 months long. They are seeking creation of more permanent positions and equality of wages for contract staff." — Cliff Andstein, NUPGE delegate to PSI World Congress

June 30, 2016

“These votes could be counted tomorrow, if Kathleen Wynne says so. After more than 7 years, and 2 organizing drives, these workers have waited long enough.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

June 1, 2016

“This has been the biggest organizing drive in Canadian history,” Thomas said. “I’m calling on the colleges, and the Premier, to recognize the deep desire of thousands of Ontarians to have their voices heard, and to cooperate with us to schedule this historic vote.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

April 26, 2016

“Our goal remains to protect the mental health services for our communities by protecting the people who provide that service." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division

April 21, 2016

“I urge all staff in both bargaining units to get out and exercise their right to vote." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

March 30, 2016

“Now, more than ever, it’s important to have the protection that comes with belonging to Ontario’s strongest advocate for hospital sector workers." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

March 10, 2016

“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

January 4, 2016

The BCGEU/NUPGE represents most unionized casinos in British Columbia. River Rock Casino is the largest casino in the province.

December 14, 2015

“Our goal is to represent all front-line workers in the college community, and we are well on our way.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

November 19, 2015

OPSEU/NUPGE continues to be the union of choice for changing times in Ontario." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President