Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

April 13, 2007 14:20 ET

OPSEU Stops Union Raid in Chatham

CHATHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 13, 2007) - Office and clerical members at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance have voted to keep the Ontario Public Service Employees Union as their union after an unsuccessful raid attempt by the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC).

"We are very pleased that our members chose to remain with one of the best health care unions in Ontario," said OPSEU President Leah Casselman. "It is unfortunate that this so-called association feels the need to try to steal members from other unions, but I guess that's why they choose to operate outside the policies of Ontario's labour movement."

CLAC, an organization well-known for raiding other unions and certifying members without votes through voluntary employer recognition, is not affiliated with either the Ontario Federation of Labour or the Canadian Labour Congress. Unions affiliated with these bodies have strict rules and policies that prevent union raids such as these.

Steve Nield, OPSEU's Staff Representative in Chatham, is proud of his members who stood firm against the raid. "Our people were able to see through CLAC's rhetoric and choose to remain with the superior, more powerful union," Nield said. "We will now continue to build on the strengths of our members and ensure their rights are protected."

Contact Information

    Steve Nield
    (519) 383-5643