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OPSEU Local 365 Congratulates Heart of the Trent Winners!

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

OPSEU Local 365 extends its warmest congratulations to today’s winners at the Heart of the Trent:

Dana Gee
International Development Studies
Nancy Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence

Patricia Heffernan
Provost’s Award for Support Staff

Craig Cameron
Academic Advisor, Durham Campus
Service Award

Laurie Collette
Centre for Teaching & Learning
Service Award

Housing Services
Team Innovation Award

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Team Innovation Award

Thank you for your dedication, commitment, and hard work!

Trent University - Salary Disclosure 2016

Saturday, April 1st 2017

OPSEU Statement of Respect

Friday, February 24th 2017

Harassment or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at OPSEU functions.

Whenever OPSEU members gather, we welcome all peoples of the world. We will not accept any unwelcoming words, actions or behaviours against our union members.

We accord respect to all persons, regardless of age, political affiliation, including people of colour, women, men, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of ethno-racial groups, people with disabilities, gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender/transsexual people, and gender diverse persons, francophones and all persons whose first language is not English.

In our diversity we will build solidarity as union members.

OPSEU Local 365 Statement on US Travel Ban

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

OPSEU Local 365 is adding its voice to those expressing shock and concern about the Trump Administration's recent executive order that bans people from seven predominantly Islamic countries from entering the United States, regardless of their immigration status, for 90 days.

This past weekend, we have read chilling reports of families torn apart, people handcuffed to walls without food or water, green cards and visas confiscated under threat of imprisonment, and customs officials denying lawfully elected members of congress access to detained constituents and travelers despite a stay issued by federal judges.

We echo Prime Minister Trudeau, Jason Kenney, and other prominent Canadian politicians covering our entire political spectrum, when we welcome amnesty-seekers “fleeing persecution, terror and war,” to Canada, and condemn Donald Trump’s “brutal, ham-fisted act of demagogic political theatre.”

We call on the American Government to repeal the ban and to turn away from this self-destructive course of action: you are fracturing what little opportunity for social discourse you have left, legitimizing extremism abroad, and destroying the lives of countless citizens, legal residents, and visitors with your recklessness. We urge you to rethink your approach; greatness is not found in division, exclusion, or bald-faced lies.

Trent is home to an eclectic mix of ethnicities, religious and cultural backgrounds, whether they be students, unionized staff, faculty, or administration. Similarly, Canada is a pluralistic and multi-cultural milieu, and it is through these differences that we are collectively stronger, both as a nation as well as a community. 

In solidarity, we stand together.

Rose Dunford

Matt Keefer
Vice President

John Boudreau
Chief Steward

Jen Walsh-Hopkins

Jean Kirk

OPSEU statement on Sunday’s mosque attack in Quebec

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas issued the following statement today.

OPSEU condemns in the strongest possible terms the tragic shooting of Muslim worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City on Sunday night. Like many Canadians, we were shocked by this terrible crime, and heartbroken at the thought of the families and children who lost loved ones in this violent attack.

This terrorist attack goes against Canadian values of multiculturalism and diversity. It also goes against trade union values, which celebrate the ways in which the diversity of our membership gives our union strength.

The timing of this attack is important. As Canadians, we are seeing actions unfold south of the border that promote Islamophobia and encourage intolerance. These actions, including the recent ban on entry to the United States for citizens of seven Muslim countries, stir up hatred against individuals and groups for political gain.

The world witnessed the fatal consequences of this hatred on Sunday night. In a place of worship, a place that should represent peace and sanctuary, gunshots shattered any sense of moral superiority Canadians may have had. While recent news coverage may highlight the language of hate coming from the south, we need only look to the rhetoric of our own politicians during the recent federal election to see the same intolerance laid bare.

Yet despite the particular horror of Sunday’s violence, we know this hatred reaches much further. As union members, we know that for every overt act of violence there are hundreds of smaller acts of discrimination or harassment experienced by individuals in their workplaces. Whether from employers, customers, or co-workers, these actions rarely make headlines, yet they have devastating impacts on their victims.

Beyond our condemnation for the violence in Quebec and the travel ban in the United States, OPSEU remains committed to protecting our Muslim members, and all our members, regardless of their religious beliefs, from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Through collective agreement language, education about rights under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the committed work of our equity committees and caucuses, we continue to fight for equal and respectful treatment for all. As always, we encourage any members experiencing harassment or discrimination to contact their local officers or union staff for support.

On this day in particular, and on all days, OPSEU stands in solidarity with the Canadian Muslim community, and remains committed to opposing discrimination in all its forms, whether by a masked gunman, an employer, or a President.

In solidarity,

Warren (Smokey) Thomas
President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union

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