Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

April 17, 2007 10:22 ET

OPSEU to Elect New President at 32nd Annual Convention

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - More than 1,800 delegates and observers will attend the 32nd annual Convention of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, April 19-21, 2007 as the union elects a new president.

Leah Casselman will retire after serving an unprecedented 12 years as OPSEU president.

The election will take place Friday, April 20. Three longtime union activists have declared their candidacy for the position of president.

Declared candidates for the union's top post are: Warren "Smokey" Thomas, 54, a registered practical nurse from Kingston; David Rapaport, 59, an information technology professional from Toronto; and Nancy Pridham, 42, a registered practical nurse from Toronto.

The 2007 recipient of the union's highest honour, the Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award, will be Madame Louise Arbour.

The convention runs each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OPSEU represents about 120,000 employees of the Ontario government, Ontario's community colleges, and more than 500 broader public sector employers such as hospitals, the LCBO, ambulance services, school boards, municipalities, social service agencies and private corporations.

Note: On Wednesday April 18, at 11:30 a.m. Leah Casselman will be available to the media at a news conference at the Sheraton Centre, Lower Concourse Hall C.

Contact Information

    David Cox
    (416) 443-8888 x 8314