OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union, Ottawa District Labour Council and community activists
will protest this Monday over Algonquin College's unjust suspension of
a union official following comments made to the Ottawa Citizen.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Woodroffe Avenue Entrance
The protest is in response to the College's decision to give a 30-day
suspension to a union official for commenting to the Ottawa Citizen
about the poor labour relations climate at the College. This follows a
series of media reports about working relations and the high number of
grievances that have been filed against Algonquin management.
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says that the union will not
tolerate any actions taken against elected local officials who speak
out on behalf of the union.
"Not only has this member been suspended for 30 days, but she has also
been given a gag order preventing her from speaking on this issue,"
Thomas said. "This violates her Charter Rights, and is also a violation
of her union rights and protections."
Thomas says that this kind of heavy-handed approach goes a long way
toward explaining why there are so many problems at Algonquin College.
"There are substantial labour relations issues at this college, and
management will not solve them by disciplining and gagging those who
speak out about it," Thomas said. "We will vigorously defend our
members, and not allow Algonquin management to sweep their dirty
secrets under the rug."
For further information:
Chris Cormier, OPSEU Executive Board Member 613-921-5346