On Thursday, August 2nd, our AMAPCEO co-workers will be wearing blue in support of their bargaining team’s efforts to negotiate a new contract with the employer. I am asking all members of Local 468 to do the same. My reasons are quite simple.
Workplaces across the province are now being challenged at the various bargaining tables. The banking meltdown of 2008 helped create large provincial deficits. You, as public servants, are now expected to shoulder the burden of fixing this. The employer will be demanding concessions in sick time, job security, working conditions, workload and, of course, you wont see a raise until sometime around the next millenium. This is in addition to the government’s intention to seize control of OP Trust and run it as they see fit.
This is not an AMAPCEO or OPSEU situation. This is not an OPS vs BPS (Broader Public Sector) issue. This is not MOH vs MGS vs any other Ministry type situation. Quite simply, this is an attack on every worker in this province that provides services to the public. And if you live in Bob’s world, well then the message is even clearer. Your stay in the OPS is finite in duration. All public sector workers clearly have a common cause.
We need to stand together. Our relations with the local AMAPCEO chapter have been good and we have worked well together on Health & Safety issues as well as individual workplace isuues. They are not the enemy here. We need to send a message back that we’re not going to roll over and simply accept what Dalton and Dwight Duncan wish to dump on us. So I respectfully submit that standing together starts tomorrow in our workplace.
Please wear BLUE on Thursday, August 2nd support both your co-workers and the rest of the public servants across the province.