Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

December 15, 2006 13:51 ET

Leah Casselman to Step Down as OPSEU President in 2007

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 15, 2006) - Leah Casselman has decided not to seek re-election as president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union next year.

Casselman, 52, has piloted the 115,000-member union for more than 11 years through the most turbulent period of public-sector downsizing and reorganization in Ontario history. She will remain as president until the union elects a new president at its annual Convention in April.

"I am honoured to have worked with wonderfully dedicated people," Casselman said. "OPSEU members are committed to delivering the best possible public services to the people of Ontario, despite regressive government policies. Our union is stronger that ever."

"This is an excellent time for the transition to new leadership," she said.

First elected in 1995 and re-elected five times, Casselman led OPSEU through two province-wide public service strikes against the policies of the Mike Harris Tory government. She was also pivotal in mergers with the Allied Health Professionals and the Ontario Liquor Boards' Employees Union, and the current campaign for the legal right to unionize for 15.000 part-time workers at Ontario community colleges.

OPSEU represents employees of the Ontario government, correctional facilities, courts, community colleges and universities, hospitals, ambulance services, social service agencies, cultural institutions and the LCBO.

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