The 6,500 members represented by the Council of Health Care Unions need to send Stephen McNeil a message that he direct the employers to take bargaining seriously and get a deal done.
“The last thing we want to do is go on strike. But we need to send a very clear message: we will stand up for the services we provide." — Carl Brisson, mental health worker and Chair of OPSEU Local 426’s Valoris bargaining team
An astounding 99.5 per cent vote in favour of strike action.
“College faculty are committed to providing high-quality education for the hundreds of thousands of students who rely on Ontario colleges to prepare them for the rest of their lives. It’s time for management to listen to their expertise on how best to do that.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“This time, outside workers were bending over backwards to get a deal,” said Thomas. “And while councillors are the only part-time town workers with benefits, they tried to rob full-time workers of their drug and dental benefits." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Overwhelming support shown in strike vote for bargaining priorities.
Negotiations achieve improvements for MGEU/NUPGE members.
“The strength of the strike vote reflects the commitment of our members to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer.
Outstanding issues include wages, job security and displacement rights, and job classification and appeal process.
Overwhelming strike vote by BCGEU/NUPGE members demonstrates commitment to bargaining a fair contract.