In Ontario, people are supposed to be able to join a union and work with respect and a fair contract. But Premier Ford is making that impossible for the safety inspectors and support staff who work for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). These workers need your help to end their strike and get a first contract.
OPSEU 546 members check to make sure that vital public safety is being protected – elevators, escalators, propane facilities, boilers in schools and hospitals, amusement rides and much more. For a long time, they didn’t have a voice at work – but last year we got fed up with their conditions, and we joined a union. For months they have been trying to bargain a first contract and on July 21st were forced out on strike.
The TSSA is a provincial agency, but Doug Ford has done nothing to get their CEO to bargain in good faith. Public safety is a provincial responsibility and the Premier can’t hide behind TSSA and pass off his responsibility to keep Ontarians safe. All he has to do is tell TSSA to Get it Done!
If you think people deserve respect at work, union standards, and fair treatment – send a message to the Premier now!
Ask your co-workers to help too – text SAFETY to 55255.
Actions You Can Take:
- Send a message to Ford’s government to tell TSSA to return to the bargaining table. Please download this petition form here and fill it out. It is to be read in the Ontario Legislature by MPP Jamie West. Contact [email protected] for info on how to return signed petitions.
- Join the Mass Text Action by 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐀𝐅𝐄𝐓𝐘 𝐭𝐨 𝟓𝟓𝟐𝟓𝟓.
- Make it viral on social media! Share our Facebook rally photo and video album here.
- You can also Take Action online by clicking here. Be sure to share the link with friends, family, co-workers, and your communities.
You will find more background information on OPSEU's website here.
Solidarity and TOGETHER WE WILL!
SUNRISE PROPANE EXPLOSION – 14 YEARS AGO
On August 10th, 2008, a massive explosion took place at the Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases propane facility, located in Downsview near Keele and Wilson Avenue. The blast killed one worker, and caused thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes. A firefighter died of cardiac arrest the next day working at the scene.
The explosion also caused the closure of parts of Highway 401 for most of the day. Emergency crews feared another major explosion as two rail tankers continued to burn for hours. The disaster cost nearly $2 million to clean up, half of which was paid by the province of Ontario. The company was illegally transferring fuel and kept ignoring stop work orders from the TSSA.
Sunrise was a terrible lesson in why safety standards are vital to us all.
Ontario’s safety inspectors want to be on the job, not on a picket line. How long will the Premier of Ontario stand by and allow the TSSA to prolong this strike? Each day carries unacceptable risk.
Send him a message at StrikeForSafety.ca – tell the TSSA CEO to respect workers and bargain a fair contract.