Hundreds of OPSEU members tell Liberal Leadership delegates to vote for 99%
January 28, 2013
OPSEU members from all over Ontario converged on the Ontario
Liberal Leadership Convention early on Saturday, January 26. As the sun rose
over Maple Leaf Gardens on this chilly January morning, Liberal delegates were
greeted by union chants, speakers blasting labour tunes and OPSEU flags.
CP24 caught OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, Vice-President/Treasurer
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida and EBM Nancy Pridham live on their 7:00 and 7:30 am
spots, followed by CTV National coverage and appearances on City TV, CBC and
OPSEU made their message clear to the Liberal leadership contenders as they
arrived with their sign-toting supporters: It is time for a new kind of Premier
who will stand up for the 99 per cent. OPSEU members became more and more vocal
as Wynne, Pupatello, Sousa and other key delegates squeezed through the crowd
trying to get to the doors. Favourite chants included "Let the third party
through!" and "Never forgive, never forget."
Energy bolstered with hot coffee and doughnuts, OPSEU members caught buses to
Toronto starting as early as 2 am. They came from all over the province: from
Sudbury to Orillia, Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough and Oshawa.
Toronto's Region 5 office hosted a welcoming pancake breakfast after the 9 am
finale. Spirits were high as best stories were shared and EBMs served up masses
of hot food to the chilled and hungry crowd.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union,
100 0 Lesmill Rd. Toronto, ON M3B 3P8 (416) 443-8888
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