August 13, 2013 Liberal governments since 2008 bear
responsibility for a labour board decision yesterday that takes away the
democratic right of college part-time workers to form a union more...
2013 OPSEU’s quest to recognize the right of part-time workers in
Ontario colleges to union representation has been consistently stonewalled
April 3, 2012 For the third time in seven years,
the International Labour Organization has reprimanded the Ontario government for
impeding 16,000 part-time community college workers from exercising their basic
human right to form a union. more…
October 11, 2011 OPSEU’s national body, NUPGE, gives an
update to the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the ILO’s November
review of the complaint filed against the Government of Ontario for failing to
count part-time workers certification votes.
download the letter...
April 11, 2011 Hundreds of OPSEU members marched to the
College Employer Council on Thursday April 7 demanding the votes of thousands of
college part-timers be counted in the province's largest organizing drive.
February 23 2011 At a Queen’s Park news conference today
OPSEU President Smokey Thomas made a public plea to the Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities to intervene on behalf of part-time college
part-timers who have signed union cards.
more... Read the text of Smokey Thomas’ statement
February 8, 2011 Not all workers are created equal in
Read the flyer
February 7, 2011 In a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty,
OPSEU president Smokey Thomas writes that the Minister of Training, Colleges and
University has the legislative authority to order Colleges to count the ballots
of part-time college workers who voted more than two years ago to organize more...
From left: Region 4 executive board member Dave Lundy; Fernand
Bégin (La cité collegiale); Premier Dalton McGuinty; Region 4
executive member Lynn Orzel; Mary Ann White (St Lawrence
College) and Marlaine Finnegen (Algonquin College)
DivEx members meet with Premier Dalton McGuinty
On January 20 OPSEU executive board members and CAAT-A
DivEx members met with Premier Dalton McGuinty in Ottawa and urged
him to order the Colleges to stop their obstruction to counting the
votes cast by CAAT part-timers in favour of joining OPSEU.
November 23, 2010 An exchange was recorded between NDP education critic Rosario Marchese and the Honourable John Milloy at a recent budget estimate committee debate. Milloy is the minister responsible for the delays in the CAAT vote count. more...
November 19, 2010 The McGuinty government has
snubbed the International Labour Organization by refusing to respond to OPSEU’s
allegations regarding the rights of part-time college workers to organize,
according to a recent ILO report. more...
April 29, 2010 In a letter to Premier Dalton
McGuinty, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas demands that the
government direct the employers at Ontario’s 24 community colleges
to immediately withdraw their challenges to the certification votes
and allow the ballots to finally be counted.
April 29, 2010 The National Union of Public and
General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on the International Labour
Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, to re-open its
investigation of a complaint that the Ontario government is denying
16,000 part-time community college workers the basic right to form a
union and participate in collective bargaining.
April 29, 2010 OPSEU and part-time workers in
Ontario colleges and Ryerson University are tired of waiting for our
votes to be counted. Please join us on Thursday, May 6 at 12 noon as
delegates from the OPSEU Convention march to the Ministry of Labour
to demand justice for part-time workers.