Category Archives: Young Workers

Provincial Young Workers take action on a $14 per hour minimum wage

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Anyone can set up an information picket on a sunny day

Anyone can set up an information picket on a sunny day

Good jobs are under attack and in turn we are seeing more and more people being paid minimum wage. Since 2010 our minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25  an hour while the cost of living has continued to grow. The Provincial Young Workers Committee has joined forces with the Workers Action Centre in the quest to have the minimum wage raised to $14/hr. Fourteen dollars an hour would bring us 10% over the poverty line which in turn would allow people to spend more in their communities and positively increase our economy.PYC12IMG_1321

On Saturday December 14th, the Provincial Young Workers Committee offered free hot chocolate to all those walking past the corners of Dundas and Yonge at the Eaton Centre. We prepared personalized cups stating “Peace, Prosperity and a $14 minimum wage”, while encouraging people to sign the holiday cards to Premier Wynne that the Workers Action Centre had provided. We received hundreds of signatures and gave out over 800 cups of hot chocolate. We hope that everyone will visit and support this important campaign.PYC12IMG_1350 PYC12IMG_1349 PYC12IMG_1344 PYC12IMG_1341 PYC12IMG_1335 PYC12IMG_1334 PYC12IMG_1329

International Youth Day 2013


OPSEU International Youth Day
Toronto Membership Centre 
31 Wellesley Street East, Toronto August 13 – 14, 2013

Dear Young Workers:

The Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) invites you to submit your application for the 2013 International Youth Day (IYD).  In addition to welcoming previous IYD participants, we would like to extend a special invitation to those who have not attended in the past.  We welcome all members who identify as young workers and look forward to meeting you!

This year’s event is called “Lobby for Your Future!”  The focus will be to build strong communities through political action.  The goal is to educate young workers and empower them to make informed choices about their futures in OPSEU, their workplace and the broader labour movement.  Planned activities will be interactive and will equip participants with the necessary tools and knowledge of the importance of lobbying and how it can be used to bring about change for a better future.  We hope participants leave the event with solid ideas that they can take back to their communities to make a difference.

Event participants will be selected by the PYC with assistance from the Equity Unit.  The selection process will try to achieve a diverse group of attendees, representative of the young workers within our membership. Confirmation will be issued to the selected participants in late June.

Do not miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun.  Please submit your completed application by e-mail or fax to the Equity Unit no later than midnight, June 23, 2013.  Please note that we will be using an anonymous selection process and will be applying the criteria as set out on pages 4 and 5 of this application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download the application here


Election Results 2013/2015

Sara Labelle, L. 348 Regional Vice-President
Gord Longhi, L. 314 EBM, Alternate RVP
Sean Platt, L. 368 EBM
Judith Richardson, L. 345 Alternate EBM

Provincial Women’s Committee

Angela Rossley, L. 303 Delegate
Tammy Carson, L. 369 Alternate

Provincial Francophone Committee

Glenna Caldwell, L. 302 Delegate
Paulette Chaisson, L. 377 Alternate

Provincial Young Workers

Jeff Weston, L. 369 Delegate
Amanda Montague, L. 345 Alternate

Provincial Human Rights

Dave McCarl, L. 330 Delegate
Vince Gobind, L. 311

Regional Hardship Committee

Vince Gobind, Andrea Gordon, Karen McKinnon & Julie Miller

Credentials Committee

Tom Young

Constitution Committee

Tim Hannah


Students deserve fair treatment , and they make the public aware

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Park Protests2Park Protests3 Student parks workers, members of OPSEU Local 310 and 313 respectively, leafleted cars going into Sibbald Point and Six Mile Lake Provincial Parks on Saturday, July 11. Students are protesting the decision by the Ontario government to not pay them vacation and holiday pay this summer.

About half the students earn minimum wage, $9.50 an hour. In past years, 8.16 per cent of gross pay was added to the summer students’ hourly wage to compensate them for not getting a paid vacation and for having to work statutory holidays. The government notified the union that the employer had erroneously made these payments in past years and would no longer do so because the Crown, (the government), is exempted from its own legislation, the Employment Standards Act.

“The Ontario government should be a model employer, especially for students who are the future of the province,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

“Instead, they exempted themselves from labour standards that they enforce with respect to all other employers in the province. The McGuinty government must do the right thing: change the law so they abide by the same rules as everyone else and, in the meantime, pay the students their vacation and holiday pay.”Park Protests8