OPSEU education workers will walk off the job tomorrow in a show of solidarity with their CUPE colleagues who are set to stage a province-wide protest against the Ontario government’s Bill 28.
OPSEU, with 8,000 members doing basically the same work as CUPE members, is not covered by Bill 28.
"Bill 28, which is a legislative attack on workers’ constitutional right to fair and free collective bargaining, was introduced on October 31 after CUPE gave its five days’ notice for job action, with the possible start of a strike on Friday, November 4.," says an OPSEU news release. "Bill 28 preemptively prohibits these workers’ right to strike, imposes massive fines, imposes four-year long collective agreements, and invokes the notwithstanding clause to preclude any legal action against Ford’s unconstitutional and undemocratic attempt at strong-arming.
"Bill 28 isn’t just an attack on education workers’ collective bargaining rights, it is an attack on all workers’ rights," adds the release, "And after hearing from hundreds of our education workers and their local leaders who want to support their CUPE colleagues, our response to this unprecedented legislative overstep is clear: OPSEU education workers will walk out in solidarity with their CUPE colleagues this Friday.