Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

October 17, 2007 12:15 ET

Labour Council President Signs OPSEU Card to Kick Off Largest Union Drive in Ontario History

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HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2007) - The president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council will sign an OPSEU membership card on Thursday night to launch the largest union organizing drive in Ontario history.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Steelworkers Hall
1031 Barton Street East, HAMILTON, Ontario

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which currently represents over 16,000 full-time support and academic staff at 24 Ontario community colleges, is inviting more than 12,500 college part-timers and sessionals to sign union cards now. Don Fraser, president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council and a member of the United Steelworkers, will sign the first card. Fraser teaches part-time in the Labour Studies program at Mohawk College.

"Our union is throwing its full support and resources into the drive to win union representation for college part-timers and sessionals," said OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "These workers have been exploited as a source of cheap labour for far too long. It's time they had access to the advantages collective bargaining offers."

"We are seeing enthusiastic support for our organizing drive from right across the labour movement," said Roger Couvrette, president of the organization of college part-timers. "This organizing drive, when it succeeds, will right an historic wrong."

Thomas, Couvrette, and Fraser will all be available to speak to reporters at the launch event.

Contact Information

    Roger Couvrette
    (416) 553-0769 (cell)