Education workers will hold a rally outside the
constituency office of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Charles
Sousa, on Friday, November 2, 2012. Protesting the undemocratic Bill
115, OPSEU members are calling for its repeal.
In spite of Bill 115, education workers are determined to bargain as
usual with the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin Peel Catholic
District School board.
DATE: Friday, November 2, 2012
TIME: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Constituency office of Charles Sousa
120 Lakeshore Road West, Suite 1 & 2
Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1E8
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“Collective bargaining is essential to democracy,” said OPSEU President,
Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “OPSEU has filed a legal challenge to protect
our Charter rights, and stands in solidarity with all education
Adult non-credit English as a Second Language and Basic Skills Teachers
are “poor cousins” in the education system.
“We are hourly paid teachers,” said Robyn Lambe, OPSEU Local 283
President. “We object to this legislation that takes away our right to
strike and to collective bargaining protected under the Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms.”
“Minister Sousa voted in favour of Bill 115. As the Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, perhaps he should make an effort to
properly fund educational services for immigrants to Ontario,” said
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union filed a legal challenge to
Bill 115 on Thursday, October 11, 2012. OSSTF, ETFO and CUPE have filed
similar challenges in an effort to protect the Charter right to bargain.
OPSEU represents more than 130,000 workers, including 2000 members at
Ontario’s Boards of Education.
For more information:
Robyn Lambe, OPSEU Local 283 President: 416-540-4538
Greg McVeigh, OPSEU negotiator: 1-800-268-7376 x5200