CUPE USES RATIFICATION VOTE TO CAMPAIGN ‘AT ALL COSTS’: OPSEU PRESIDENT THOMAS

KINGSTON, ON, May 14, 2018 /CNW/ – With voting still underway across Ontario, CUPE/OCHU released the Kingston results of their province-wide contract ratification vote, at a press conference this morning. At the sparsely attended press conference, OCHU President Michael Hurley – accompanied by CUPE local 1974 President Mike Rodrigues – left out one important detail; if the current deal is voted down provincially, the tentative contract will not come into effect.

“This is a pretty brazen move, considering the province-wide vote isn’t even done, and absolutely nothing is set in stone,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “From what I can tell, they’re putting the cart before the horse, crossing their fingers and hoping it’ll help them win this week’s Kingston hospital merger vote.

“OPSEU believes that no one should be disenfranchised and that every vote counts,” Thomas said. “We would never release the results of a vote until all our members had a chance to cast a ballot – that’s the basis of democracy.”

CUPE recently partnered with Unifor and SEIU at the bargaining table, in an effort to achieve gains likely not possible bargaining on their own. Members across the province have been voting on the tentative deal, in what’s called a ratification vote.

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