Society of United Professionals President Scott Travers has been travelling the province to meet with members about the critical issues in their workplace, communities and the province. With a number of locals in challenging rounds of collective bargaining as well as the Ford government’s impact on workplaces and communities there is a lot to talk about.
“What I’m hearing from members is a deep concern for where things are going in this province,” said Travers. “Members see that what happens at Queen’s Park affects their jobs directly and indirectly. But I’ve also heard that it’s worrying to members that the things that make our families and communities strong are under attack — public education, post-secondary education, health care and autism services.”
Members’ concerns mirror recently reported public opinion polling reported on by the Toronto Star. Pollster Corbett Communications found in its July 9-10 poll that just 19% of Ontarians agree that “Doug Ford cares about people like them,” versus 67% who disagree with that statement.
Within Society workplaces the two key issues are the wage cap legislation that is interfering in collective bargaining and cuts to Legal Aid Ontario that are having a significant impact on members’ working conditions.