“We’ve been flooded with stories from students and parents who’ve been deeply touched by these schools.They speak of miracles — miracles that come from an education these kids simply can’t get in the regular stream." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“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
"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
"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.
“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
“At a time when the provincial government is scrambling to find money for public services, it doesn’t make sense to sell off profitable liquor stores.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“This conference is about bringing women labour activists together to educate and share experiences about the myriad of issues they face in the workplace and our communities." — NAPE President Jerry Earle
"We are asking all our members and the general public to respect TSSU picket lines, and join us in calling on SFU management to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its employees.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"These agreements aren't reached without the hard work and dedication of the bargaining teams," said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle.