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Canada: Union-busting Puts Public Safety at Risk!

In partnership with NUPGE. The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component and 3 affiliate unions. Taken together it is one of the largest unions in Canada. Most of our 400,000 members work to deliver public services of every kind to the citizens of their home provinces. We also have a large and growing number of members who work for private businesses. OPSEU/SEFPO is a NUPGE component union.

OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 Technical Standards and Safety Authority inspectors have been in negotiations for a first contract with the TSSA since November 2021, after unionizing earlier that year. They unionized to remedy a host of inequitable practices in their workplace (understaffing, high workloads, wages that are below industry standard, and more).

At every meeting with the TSSA, the workers came up against an employer who stonewalled the negotiation process and showed little to no respect for them and their union. On July 20, the TSSA walked away from the bargaining table, forcing safety inspectors on strike on July 21, 2022.

TSSA Inspectors inspect everything from amusement park rides, food trucks and elevators, to fuel burning equipment, propane dispensing stations, boilers and pressure vessels and elements in nuclear power plants. They are experts in their field who care strongly about public safety; the work they do is critical to the safety of Ontarians.

What these workers are asking for is reasonable. They want

• improved accountability for public safety standards and practices from the TSSA
• wages and benefits that are consistent with industry standards, to help address understaffing issues and improve retention and recruitment
• to have a stronger voice in their workplace as an equal partner at the TSSA

With your support these workers can end their strike win a first contract. Please, send a solidarity message to TSSA!

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