Activist Myles Magner to Challenge for OPSEU Presidency

TORONTO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU) Region 5 Vice-President Myles Magner will stand for election as OPSEU President at the union's annual convention on April 7, 2017. His platform calls for reforms to engage, organize and mobilize its 130,000 members to challenge privatization, cut backs and concessions, and reinforce basic union principles of respect, democracy and solidarity.

"We need to rebuild OPSEU's power as a genuinely member-driven union," said Magner. "Over the past decade, we have lost ground in practically every area that matters to our membership, with concessions to employers, mounting privatization, weaker collective agreements, multi-tiered contracts and wage settlements that keep falling behind inflation."

Key issues of Magner's campaign include:

  • Building on public opposition to privatization to get real results;
  • Opposing multi-tiered contracts that leave thousands of members, usually younger workers with less seniority, with lower salaries and fewer benefits; and
  • Defending the right to strike, maintaining the integrity of OPSEU's Strike Fund, and leveraging them to win gains for OPSEU members and defend quality public services; and
  • Restoring effective, respectful partnerships with OPSEU's frontline staff, the union's members, activists and elected leaders, and its labour and community allies.

Magner, age 56, has been an OPSEU activist and leader for more than 22 years.  He joined OPSEU in 1995 by helping lead a successful organizing drive at the Addiction Research Foundation (now part of Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH). He has served four terms as President of Local 568 and represented members on three collective bargaining teams. Since 2013, he has been an OPSEU Executive Board member and Regional Vice-President for the union's Region 5, which covers Toronto and parts of the Greater Toronto Area.

Without change at the top, OPSEU will continue to lose ground, Magner said. "I have a proven track-record of listening to everyone's viewpoint and working with our members, activists and elected leaders to build power at the bargaining table," he said. "That is the kind of President OPSEU needs to rebuild our power to defend our members' interests and the public services our communities depend on."

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