People’s hearings on Bill 47 + outreach in Ottawa West Nepean

OPSEU Local 415

OPSEU Local 415 is the democratically-run body that represents Algonquin College full-time and partial-load faculty (professors and instructors), cousellors, and librarians.

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Hi everyone

I wanted to reach out to you all about our next upcoming actions on Bill 47. Would be great to take advantage of the energy around the Fullerton rally to bring PSE folks out to these as well.

On Thursday November 15th, we are doing a rally and speak out in front of Ottawa West Nepean MPP Jeremy Roberts’ office at 1:30pm. This is the day Bill 47 will be in committee hearings at Queen’s Park – a committee on which Jeremy Roberts sits. Jeremy Roberts won with the narrowest margin of victory in Ontario in the elections – by only 176 votes over the NDP candidate – and yet has refused to accept our petitions with hundreds of signatures from his constituents opposing Bill 47, and when he met with us affirmed his intention to support Bill 47 despite concerns from his constituents.

Given this, and since the committee also plans to refuse any labour representatives’ requests to appear on the 15th, we’re doing “people’s hearings” outside his office to make workers’ voices heard anyway. It would be great if APUO, APTPUO, OPSEU, CFS and CAUT could endorse the rally but also mobilize members to come out. If you have people in that riding, it would be great to have them come out to share their stories and perspectives. But we definitely need people not from the riding from the riding too, to make sure we have a big presence!

Here’s the Facebook event:

Please share widely and let me know what else you need from me to be able to get some people out. I’m also attaching the materials we are distributing throughout the riding.




Karen Cocq
Worker’s Action Centre
720 Spadina Ave., Suite 223
Toronto, ON M5S 2T9

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