Interview: The OPSEU strike at Carleton U

photo: Sam Heaton
photo: Sam Heaton
On March 10 the fifty members of OPSEU 404, representing Carleton University campus security, went on strike to win a first contract after unionizing in 2013.

Ottawa’s labour movement has responded by strengthening the picket lines, while Carleton University’s administration has brought in scabs from the private security firms Garda and Securitas.

Samantha Ponting conducted this interview with Devon Reeves, president of OPSEU 404. Devon discusses the issues that led to the strike, the actions and inactions of the employer, campus safety concerns, and the solidarity exhibited by Ottawa’s labour movement.

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