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GTAC Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre Trip

Saturday, July 9th
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (approx.)

On Saturday, July 9th, the Greater Toronto Area Council has arranged a tour of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton. The cost of the trip is $20 per person and includes admission to the centre, tour, lunch and transportation to the Centre. The maximum amount of attendees is limited to 40 people and is limited to OPSEU members and 1 guest. If you would like to RSVP to join us on this outing please sign up on our event page at:  or by emailing us at: by July 4th. If you have any questions about the trip please email us at:

The Workers Arts and Heritage was conceived in the late 1980’s by a dynamic group of labour historians, artists, and union and community activists who gathered together to discuss the need for a place where workers’ history could be celebrated. In 1996, after intense work by a volunteer board of directors, the (Ontario) Workers Arts and Heritage Centre purchased the historic Custom House on Stuart Street in the north end of Hamilton. The building is ideally situated in the heart of a working-class neighbourhood.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre aims to preserve, honour and promote the culture and history of all working people. But we also hope to learn from the past towards challenging the future – for future generations. The contributions of working people – not only in Canadian history but worldwide – are showcased in art, exhibits, and performances. Their labour and advocacy has made this country a fair and vibrant place to live and work, and we acknowledge these struggles. Without them, Canadians would not be living in a country ranked among the best in the world.

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We will leave from OPSEU’s Toronto office at 9:00 AM sharp and leaving to return at approx. 3:30 PM. The cost will be collected at the bus prior to leaving.

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Thank you for visiting the Greater Toronto Area Council’s (GTAC) website. GTAC’s mandate is found under OPSEU’s Constitution Section 22.2

Section 22.2 – The purpose of a Council shall be to coordinate Union activities on a regional basis in such matters as political action, community involvement, social issues, participation in or co-operation with labour councils, education, and public relations.

GTAC is committed to building a powerful OPSEU in a powerful union movement that:

– is based on shared values and strong member engagement,
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works to actively challenge inequality in the workplace and society.

OFL Young Workers’ Assembly: a powerful day of activism and allyship

The Young Workers’ Assembly brought together activists from across Ontario on November 18, 2017. To see more photos from the event, click here.

Over 100 workers from across Ontario attended the OFL Young Workers’ Assembly at the Sheraton Centre Toronto on November 18. Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, opened the day with an inspiring welcome to the group.

“Each and every one of you deserves decent work and a good job,” said Buckley. “And I want to thank you all for your activism and for making this the Ontario you want.”

“This is absolutely fantastic, all of your voices coming together, representing so many different communities,” said Ontario Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. “We will continue to work together to ensure that the government addresses the issues facing young workers in Ontario.”

Assembly participants, working to Make It Fair and change labour and employment laws in Ontario.

“We have governments in this country who are telling young people that they should simply accept precarious work, but we won’t accept that. You deserve better,” added Ontario Federation of Labour Executive Vice-President, Ahmad Gaied.

The day’s first panel discussed the Fight for $15 & Fairness and Make It Fair campaigns. Panelists highlighted the importance of organizing around issues like a higher minimum wage, and the power of workers rallying around a common goal.

Panelist Rajean Hollett, Fight for $15 & Fairness, said it was important to set goals that were “lofty enough to be energizing, but realistic enough to be achievable.”

Lesley Jamieson, Kingston and District Labour Council, talked about the crucial role played by labour councils in organizing, as important meeting spaces for activists.

“I look at all of you as not just activists and change-makers, but as educators.” said panelist Walied Khogali, Co-Founder of the Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia, during the panel on challenging white supremacy and Islamophobia.

When asked what it means to be an effective ally, panelist Sarah Jama, Community Engagement Liaison to Councillor Matthew Green, said: “An effective ally is proactive in building a long-term movement by helping to mentor young activists.”

Hamilton City Councillor Matthew Green encouraged labour activists to work to support not just union members, but to seek justice and fairness for all.

In addition to the great lineup of speakers and panelists, attendees participated in a variety of skills-building workshops and discussions offered throughout the day.

To see pictures of the event click here, or download our App for iPhone, or Android.

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We can and must do better by parents.

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Back-to-work legislation is a violation of constitutional rights, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) –The Premier’s decision to table back-to-work legislation for striking OPSEU contract faculty undermines the constitutional right of all Ontarians. The right to strike is protected under the Charter.

“Today’s decision to table back-to-work legislation by the government is wrongheaded,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “The government’s action sends a message that employers are more important than working Ontarians and that leaves workers across this province unsure of whether the government values what they do every day to keep this province going.”

“Collective bargaining is a constitutional right, and it should not be removed with the stroke of a legislative pen,” added Buckley.

The OFL applauds the Ontario’s New Democrats action in standing up for the rights of workers and students.

Taking a stand at the bargaining table and going out on strike is one of the most important ways that workers can make gains for themselves, their co-workers, and future generations of workers – including the college students that are affected.

More young workers today find themselves in precarious and insecure work than a generation ago. The work conditions contract faculty currently face is no different than the reality awaiting these students when they graduate. The fight for decent work is their fight too.

With less than one week until the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act passes, the government is sending the wrong message with its back-to-work legislation.

The OFL’s Make It Fair campaign has been advocating for worker protections under Bill 148. The OFL is demanding changes to the Bill equal pay for equal work, as OPSEU contract faculty are demanding. The government is set to vote on Bill 148 next week.

The OFL supports faculty and the hundreds of thousands of precarious workers across this province in their demand for decent work. The contract faculty on strike are on the picket line not just for themselves but for all Ontario workers.

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.


For further information contact:

Meagan Perry
Director of Communications
Email: l Phone: 416-894-3456

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OPSEU to government: disband College Employer Council

Back to work legislation would have been unnecessary and students would have been back in class faster if the College Employer Council had taken negotiations seriously.

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The Tories seem pleased. 🤦

“United Conservative Party house leader Jason Nixon said poor fiscal management and ideological policies have created a hole that’s “going to be very, very hard to get out of.”

“We’ve been telling the NDP for years now that we have to get Alberta’s fiscal house in order, so I’m excited to see that the NDP are finally looking that way,” he said Thursday.”

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Link: NAFTA Talks: What’s the Deal?

“Given that the Mexican and Canadian administrations, Republican Congressional leaders, and corporate lobbies have all already agreed to the text of the TPP, a speedy conclusion to the NAFTA talks likely would mean one thing: a TPP-style agreement.” (2 likes)

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Tentative agreement reached with New Brunswick Community Colleges

The contract will be presented to NBU/NUPGE members working as instructors in the community college sector.

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Bullshit. (26 likes, 20 comments)

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