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Aug 11, 2020, 09:49 ET An Alberta repeal would threaten Canada's blood and plasma supply

TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is raising the alarm in the wake of an Alberta private member's bill that would repeal that province's Voluntary Blood Donation...


Jul 27, 2020, 16:21 ET Kenora Jail staff save inmate lives

KENORA, ON, July 27, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU is praising the heroic actions of correctional staff at the Kenora Jail that saved the lives of five inmates who had overdosed on fentanyl over a 24-hour...


Jul 23, 2020, 17:02 ET OPSEU: Canadian Medical Association study proves it's time to get profit out of long-term care

TORONTO, July 23, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says new research by the Canadian Medical Association showing that long-term care residents have been nearly twice as likely to...


Jul 20, 2020, 15:11 ET Media Advisory - OPSEU Members at LCBO to Picket Against Privatization and Lack of Paid Sick Days

TORONTO, July 20, 2020 /CNW/ - LCBO workers from OPSEU Local 5111 will be holding a Day of Action next week Tuesday, rallying outside of Scarborough MPP offices to protest against the Conservative...


Jul 17, 2020, 11:11 ET OPSEU: crack down on private outlets selling in the early morning, and reopen LCBOs on Mondays

TORONTO, July 17, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is asking the government to crack down on private stores illegally selling alcohol as early as 7 am, and to push the LCBO to...


Jul 16, 2020, 19:30 ET LifeLabs workers in Toronto and Oshawa join OPSEU despite employer's union-busting tactics

TORONTO, July 16, 2020 /CNW/ - Despite their employer's heavy-handed union-busting campaign, nearly 100 LifeLabs workers in Toronto and Oshawa have voted in favour of joining OPSEU. "I always say...


Jul 06, 2020, 18:01 ET 'Build the new jail in Thunder Bay - right now': OPSEU

THUNDER BAY, ON, July 6, 2020 /CNW/ - In the wake of the Ontario Ombudsman's scathing report on the state of Ontario corrections, the union representing the province's 9,000 correctional officers is...


Jul 01, 2020, 06:00 ET /R E P E A T -- Educational support workers in Peel say Yes to OPSEU/

TORONTO, June 30, 2020 /CNW/ - In a historic vote, more than 3,700 school workers in Mississauga and Brampton have said a resounding "Yes" to OPSEU, with 86 per cent in support of joining the most...


Jun 30, 2020, 18:42 ET Educational support workers in Peel say Yes to OPSEU

TORONTO, June 30, 2020 /CNW/ - In a historic vote, more than 3,700 school workers in Mississauga and Brampton have said a resounding "Yes" to OPSEU, with 86 per cent in support of joining the most...


Jun 26, 2020, 17:52 ET Staff, youth put at risk of COVID-19 in custody centres

TORONTO, June 26, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU is greatly concerned that six youth custody centres run by the Ontario government have been denied the ability to isolate or test new admissions for COVID-19....


Jun 24, 2020, 21:31 ET OPSEU stands with vulnerable migrant workers

TORONTO, June 24, 2020 /CNW/ - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU, and OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida have issued the following statement: One of the great...


Jun 23, 2020, 16:57 ET Speedy reaction to COVID-19 saves lives at the Kenora Jail

KENORA, ON, June 23, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is praising corrections members at Kenora Jail for their swift action in containing an outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates....


Jun 18, 2020, 21:13 ET OPSEU provides expert and first-person opinion on fixing crisis in long term care

TORONTO, June 18, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU has presented Premier Doug Ford with key and vital recommendations from the front lines on how to fix the crisis in long term care, including hiring more...


Jun 17, 2020, 08:59 ET Media Advisory - OPSEU members bring frustrations over pandemic pay exclusion directly to the Premier

TORONTO, June 17, 2020 /CNW/ - While frontline healthcare workers across the province are working tirelessly to keep Ontarians safe, the provincial government has shown an incredible lack of respect...


Jun 16, 2020, 17:26 ET New hires in Corrections a big step in the right direction: OPSEU

TORONTO, June 16, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Ford government's decision to hire hundreds of new Corrections staff is an important step to easing the crisis in...


Jun 16, 2020, 10:34 ET OPTrust Select reaches milestone offering retirement security for Ontarians

TORONTO, June 16, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says he is pleased to see OPTrust Select, Ontario's newest defined benefit pension plan in a generation, has hit the 1,000-member ...


Jun 13, 2020, 06:00 ET Thomas: wide-ranging poll reveals 'seismic shift' in how Ontarians value public services, workers

TORONTO, June 13, 2020 /CNW/ - Statement from OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas: Since I began my career working in the public service as a mental health nurse, our union has worked hard to...


Jun 12, 2020, 06:00 ET Poll shows few Ontarians want to sell off Crown corporations like the LCBO

TORONTO, June 12, 2020 /CNW/ - A new Nanos poll shows that seven out of 10 Ontarians feel the government should prioritize improving our long-term care and public services over tackling the deficit....


Jun 11, 2020, 06:00 ET Poll finds fixing long-term care a priority for Ontarians, OPSEU says the time for action is now

TORONTO, June 11, 2020 /CNW/ - A new Nanos poll shows that 98 per cent of Ontarians want the government to focus on fixing long-term care. OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the first steps...


Jun 10, 2020, 06:00 ET "Close to unanimous:" vast majority want health and long-term care improved

TORONTO, June 10, 2020 /CNW/ - As the province begins to slowly emerge from the worst of the pandemic, a new poll shows that Ontarians overwhelmingly agree on what the government's priority should be ...


Jun 09, 2020, 06:00 ET Ontarians don't think cutting services is the answer to tackling the deficit, poll shows

TORONTO, June 9, 2020 /CNW/ - A new poll conducted for OPSEU shows that nearly three-quarters of Ontarians don't want government to reduce a post-pandemic deficit by cutting public services. The...


Jun 08, 2020, 06:00 ET Public Services are the foundation to Ontario's Economic Recovery

TORONTO, June 8, 2020 /CNW/ - A new poll reveals that Ontario has faith and trust in public services - more than three out of four Ontarians want a post-pandemic economic recovery built on investment ...


Jun 03, 2020, 18:20 ET OPSEU calls on federal government to extend pandemic pay to all front-line health workers

TORONTO, June 3, 2020 /CNW/ - Many front-line health workers risking their lives -- and the lives of their families -- are not getting pandemic pay, and OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is...


May 29, 2020, 06:00 ET /R E P E A T -- OPSEU's Thomas calls on Premier to publicly apologize for long-term care blunder/

TORONTO, May 28, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on Doug Ford to publicly apologize for wrongfully accusing unionized long-term care inspectors of refusing to inspect...


May 28, 2020, 22:42 ET OPSEU's Thomas calls on Premier to publicly apologize for long-term care blunder

TORONTO, May 28, 2020 /CNW/ - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on Doug Ford to publicly apologize for wrongfully accusing unionized long-term care inspectors of refusing to inspect...