Georgian student wins CAAT support staff scholarship

A man presenting a cheque to a studentCongratulations to Luke Bonsi, a first-year Electrical Engineering Technology student at Georgian’s Barrie Campus, who won a $1,200 scholarship this year from the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Scholarship Fund.

The CAAT support staff division offers annual scholarships to full-time students at any of the 24 colleges. This year, five $1,200 scholarships were given out.

Students have to submit an essay based on topics ranging from the importance of unions to bullying and harassment.

Local 349 President Craig MacKenzie presented Luke with his cheque on June 21.

This is the second time a Georgian student has won one of the scholarships. Last year, Alessandro Simonetti, a student from the Owen Sound Campus, won a scholarship. Local 349 steward, Kailey Hawkins, presented Alessandro with his cheque.

woman presents a male student with a cheque

Congratulations Luke and Alessandro!

College Support Part-time workers: OPSEU Q and A

Your bargaining team is hard at work on the first-ever collective agreement for College Support Part-time workers. The following Q and A is designed to answer some of your questions about how best to get involved, support your team, and better understand what it means to be a member of OPSEU.


Congratulations to the newly elected College Support Part-time bargaining team!


College Support Part-time workers from across the province came together at the Delta Chelsea hotel in downtown Toronto on March 24-25 to discuss issues, share stories and elect their bargaining team.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida attended the event, which included College Support Part-time members and 140 College Support members who also had their Divisional Meeting and elections that day.  President Thomas offered special congratulations to all of the new College Support Part-time members present, saying: “This is an exciting new chapter in labour history. You are part of the change to the college system that will make Ontario college jobs and workplaces better.”


OPSEU brokers historic new pension deal for Ontario

The finishing touches were put to the agreement on the eve of OPSEU’s Convention, and President Warren (Smokey) Thomas signed the deal on stage to the applause of nearly 2,000 OPSEU/NUPGE members.

“The OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust) Select defined benefit jointly sponsored, jointly trusteed pension plan is a game-changer,” said Thomas.  “Many Ontario workers in the public service currently have no access to a workplace pension. This world-class new plan will help fix that.”  READ MORE

Thomas elected to sixth term as OPSEU president

Smokey Thomas has been re-elected as President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union for a sixth consecutive two-year term. He was first elected to the union’s top post in 2007.

Thomas defeated Myles Magner, OPSEU Regional Vice-President for the Toronto area. Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, a correctional officer from Hamilton, was acclaimed for his fourth two-year term as First Vice-President/Treasurer yesterday.

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Part-Time College Workers #SignUp with OPSEU

So you’re working part time at the local college… but you don’t have the SAME protection that full time workers do…

Have you ever asked yourself…Why does the college pay me less than someone that does the same job as me? You shouldn’t be paid less.  OPSEU will help you negotiate EQUAL pay for EQUAL work. Read more . . .