Last week RankandFile.ca interviewed Roxanne Barnes and Myles Magner from OPSEU at the union’s rally against Premier Wynne’s austerity agenda. Barnes, OPSEU’s chair of the Central/Unified bargaining team for the Ontario Public Service (OPS), and Magner, the regional Vice President of OPSEU Region 5, offer insight about the union’s bargaining and mobilization strategy for the OPS contract fight.
The bargaining between the Ontario government and OPSEU, which represents 35,000 workers in the OPS has reached an impasse. OPSEU’s previous contract has expired and the government has refused to back down from its concessionary demands despite a 90 percent strike vote from OPSEU members.[audio:http://rankandfile.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/OPSbargainingmobilization.mp3]