The OPSEU Local 166 Day at East Park Was Another Great Success!!!!

Over 250 attended this years East Park Event.  Members brought friends and family members who enjoyed the great food and activities while getting an opportunity to network with each other.  The weather was perfect and a special thanks to everyone who helped out this year!!!

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Convention Update

Delegates at Convention defeated the motion to increase dues and also defeated the amendment to allow locals to hold electronic votes. Both came down to a standing vote.

After 3 days of lively debates and cuts to the presented budget, convention delegates passed the budget with amendments.

Occupy Toronto

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Occupy Toronto began October 15, 2011. Occupy Toronto is modelled after Occupy Wall Street. “Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City[7] based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. The protests were initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters.[8][9] They are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the power and influence of corporations, particularly from the financial service sector, and of lobbyists, over government.[10][11][12] The participants’ slogan “We are the 99%”[13] refers to the difference in wealth between the top 1% and the other citizens of the United States.[6]”
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street

OPSEU members, including our very own VP Jonathon Guider, attending the Editor’s Weekend joined the protesters today for a march to City Hall. They also visited “Tent City” in St. James Park where protesters have set up camp for a week now.

Local 166 Members Spotted at Queens Park

Members from local 166 attended the rally at Queens Park to support our public health care. Cuts to health care often means cuts to services and this not only means job losses but also a reduction in the quality/availability of health care in our communities.
Leaders from various unions and public interest groups gave great speeches. Several people told their personal stories that clearly show how poorly our current system is already failing. People suffering and dying while in care is unacceptable. We need to be asking our politicians to invest in health care not cut it. As members we need to share this message with friends and family for the upcoming election.