“On October 27th & 28th Region 3 local presidents met in Orillia to hear about the effects of the Liberal government wage freeze will have on the OPSEU members. President Smokey Thomas started the information session off on Wednesday evening outlining the history of the consultation process and bringing the members up to date. On Thursday the local president’s heard from Randy Robinson, Political Analysts about the economic climate in Ontario and assisted members in calculating the amount of money they would loose if the government was successful in implementing wage freezes. Astoundingly, the group on members at the session would loose $408,000 in five years. In total the wage freeze would save the government an estimated $18.4 billion at the same time as the Liberals give corporate tax cuts costing the Government almost $24 billion. Money from working peoples pockets, money from our pockets, directly in to the hands of huge corporations.
Wage freeze calculator can be found on the OPSEU website http://www.opseu.org under the STOPTHEWAGEFREEZE link (also available on the Region 3 website). Members can calculate the impact the wage freeze will have on them and simply email a letter to your MPP outlining your concerns about the wage freeze and corporate tax cuts.
Brenda Wall, OPSEU, Campaigns officer then outlined the OPSEU “Invest in Ontario” campaign that will be happening very soon. Regional mobilizers will begin training on November 1st. They will continue to educate the members on the wage freeze will have on each and every OPSEU member and will lobby Liberal MPP’s outlining our concerns.