OPSEU will not participate in the 2011 OFL convention this week

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)

For further information:

Greg Hamara
OPSEU Communications
647-238-9933 mobile


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