April 8, 2011
TORONTO The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has re-elected Warren (Smokey) Thomas for a third term as OPSEU President at its 100th anniversary convention.
“It is always about our front-line membership and the vital work they do,” said Thomas, commencing his third term as OPSEU President. “We will continue to work for the kind of Ontario that workers want, a good jobs economy where public sector programs are not sacrificed to satisfy corporate greed.”
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida is OPSEU’s new 1st Vice-President/ Treasurer. First elected to the OPSEU Executive Board in 2005, Almeida is a correctional officer in Hamilton and has been an activist since 1995. He replaces Patty Rout who served four years in this role alongside Thomas.
Almeida addressed Convention saying “I am honoured to have your confidence and support. We will build a strong future working together with Smokey and with all of you for this great union.”
OPSEU represents more than 130,000 employees of the Ontario government, Ontario’s community colleges, and broader public sector employers such as hospitals, the LCBO, ambulance services, school boards, municipalities, social service agencies and private corporations.