TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public Service Employees
Union will not attend this week's convention of the Ontario Federation
of Labour in Toronto, the president of OPSEU announced today.
At a recent meeting of its executive board the union voted
overwhelmingly to withdraw its support from the OFL. Several other
unions, including the Ontario Nurses Association and the Service
Employees International Union (Local 100), have taken similar action.
While OPSEU's action is significant the union's president Warren
(Smokey) Thomas said the decision remains an internal OFL matter of
concern primarily to the Federation and its affiliates.
"Various labour leaders involved know why the situation has reached this
point. Like any family, the labour movement has strong personalities
which can lead to strong differences," said Thomas.
The OPSEU president said he still believes Ontario's unions can continue
to work together to deal with those issues most important to working
people and their communities, such as the growing income inequality,
job creation and maintaining strong public services.
"The fact that government chooses to implement corporate tax cuts
instead of creating jobs to build a strong economy, and the fact that
government has failed to fulfill its promise to rebuild public services
means the importance of organized labour in Ontario is greater than
ever," said Thomas.
"OPSEU is focused on these matters as it continues to work with other
unions and community groups to build a unified voice and equally
powerful campaign to address these challenges. For all of us the key
question remains: What kind of Ontario do we want?"
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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