Warren (Smokey) Thomas

“Enough is enough. Perhaps the Premier isn’t being told the truth about why all these deaths are happening, and what has to be done to stop them. The truth needs to come out. Someone has to be held to account." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-11-13)Read more

"More than unnecessary, Bill 132 is dangerous. Front-line inspectors are worried about being handcuffed. Things could end badly down the road if the government does not listen to our members." ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-10-06)Read more

“These workers have been overlooked, overworked, and underpaid for decades, despite our pleas to successive governments. I’m glad to see those issues are finally being addressed." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-10-02)Read more

“It’s imperative that front-line workers, through their union, are consulted every step of the way during the design and build. The eyes of Corrections staff are everywhere. We know what keeps communities safe. Developers are only looking at their bottom line.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-08-31)Read more

500 new full-time Correctional staff and new capital projects for Kenora and Thunder Bay will turn the tide on the crisis.

(2020-06-19)Read more

“The pandemic is showing us that the cost-cutting and understaffing that go hand-in-hand with privatization can also be deadly.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President 

(2020-06-18)Read more

“I’ve been watching politics and polling for a long time, and I’ve never seen numbers like these.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-06-15)Read more

“Many people have said that we can’t go back to the old normal after we’ve got COVID-19 under control. This poll shows how true that really is." — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer

(2020-06-09)Read more

Just last week, a strong majority of the company’s couriers in Toronto voted to join OPSEU/NUPGE, but the company is holding up their union certification with stall tactics and baseless procedural wrangling. And now in the most hamfisted, anti-union move possible, directly linked to the successful union drive, the company is laying off up to 15 per cent of its workers in Toronto and sending them home immediately.

(2020-05-22)Read more

“The bottom line is supply issues are governing the day, not worker health and safety. The government knows that if it were up to inspectors, the precautionary principle would be a foundation in any workplace inspection. But plain and simple, inspectors are not being allowed to do their important jobs.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer

(2020-05-15)Read more

“The safety of front-line workers and the safety of our communities should be our top priority,” stated Thomas. “Ignoring expert medical advice by expanding hours ahead of the long weekend increases the risk of community spread, for what reason?" — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-05-06)Read more

“There is just no excuse. When lives are at risk, employers like Homes First need to come to the table. They need to come clean.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer

(2020-04-23)Read more

“You can’t provide emergency housing over a video conference. We need to be there to ensure that they get the safe and supportive housing they need.” — Kareen Marshall, OPSEU Community Agencies Sector Chair

(2020-04-02)Read more

“Joining a union is the best way for them to protect their work and the patients they care for.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-03-10)Read more

"I encourage meaningful nation-to-nation dialogue...Respect, not force is the key to resolution.” —  Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-02-26)Read more

“The shamelessness here is staggering. A patronage appointee gets caught red-handed in a scheme that potentially violates election spending laws, but he isn’t removed from the trough.” ― Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer

(2020-02-19)Read more

“We’re going to make sure that people are held accountable and that real change starts to happen at Canadore.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-02-12)Read more

“A legislated raise limited to 1% comes to less than $8 a week, far less than the $60 a day the government is spinning through its propaganda machine doubling as our education minister. The government should abandon this cruel and ham-fisted legislation and get serious about bargaining right now." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-01-16)Read more

“This award is long overdue. These members had to dig into their own pockets to bring their qualifications up to the highest standards but were then told they didn’t deserve increased compensation.” ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-01-14)Read more

“This is a great victory for both these health professionals and the patients they serve." ― Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-01-06)Read more