TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) puts the blame firmly on the Ontario Liberal party for the chaos experienced today by parents, students and workers in public elementary schools.
The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) decision issued at 4 a.m. on Friday morning put an end to protests today, but cannot silence what has become a heated issue as the January 26 Liberal Leadership Convention approaches.
"OPSEU stands in solidarity with OSSTF and ETFO," said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "The Ontario Liberals have imposed contracts on education workers, denying their democratic rights, and now they also want to silence all dissent. I can assure you that this is not over. Dalton McGuinty has created a damning legacy for himself and his party."
OPSEU filed a legal challenge to Bill 115 on October 11, 2012. OSSTF, ETFO and CUPE have filed similar challenges.
Thomas affirmed: "This legislation is unconstitutional and a threat to collective bargaining in both the public and private sectors. OPSEU will continue to challenge Bill 115 in the courts."
OPSEU represents more than 130,000 workers, including 2000 members at Ontario's Boards of Education.
For further information:
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936