Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

January 09, 2007 11:00 ET

OPSEU Says McGuinty Liberals Courting Disaster in Oshawa

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 9, 2007) - Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President Leah Casselman warned of possible serious consequences if the new Oshawa courthouse is built in a contaminated site without a proper Class Environmental Assessment (EA).

In a letter to the Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten and Attorney General Michael Bryant, OPSEU asked that the government not agree to waive the Class EA. The union also said the government should consider other possible sites for the courthouse.

"This is a serious issue fraught with risk not only for these workers but also for the government," Casselman wrote. "To rush ahead today without a proper EA is to put this entire project in jeopardy."

Worker health and safety "should not be compromised on the job," wrote Casselman, noting the Ontario government's previous experience with toxic buildings including the Newmarket courthouse which had to be closed for a long time because of contamination.

"Given the potential risks, and the Ontario government's sorry history of contamination and toxic air in court buildings, I strongly urge the government to seriously consider the implications of this move for worker health and safety, and listen to the concerns of the Durham court workers."

Contact Information

  • OPSEU Communications
    David Cox
    1-800-268-7376 x 8314