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Established in 1975, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) represents over 170,000 public sector employees in the province of Ontario, Canada improving their working conditions, including wages and benefits, and improving their job security.

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Why should I Join?

When you join a strong union like OPSEU/SEFPO, you’re joining 170,000 other front-line workers always pushing to make things better for the people we support and care for.

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Better job security

If you’re scared of losing your job, join OPSEU/SEFPO. We’ve stopped thousands of COVID-related layoffs at many of our workplaces. 

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Better wages

Join OPSEU/SEFPO to dramatically increase your chances of getting the wages you deserve.

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Better benefits

If you want a pension, health coverage, paid vacation, paid sick leave, overtime pay and other benefits, join OPSEU/SEFPO

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What we’ve done for our members?

In the community, in the media, and at Queen’s Park, OPSEU/SEFPO is one of the strongest voices pushing for increased investment in health care, mental health, education, and social services:

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We pushed for and won $1 billion extra for Development Services to cut waitlists

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We pushed for and won potential pension coverage for millions of non-profit workers

We pushed for and won millions and millions in pay equity payouts to workers just like you

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We pushed for and won new jails and more Correctional jobs

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We pushed back and won against layoffs in dozens of different workplaces during the pandemic

Added benefits

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Very low dues

At just 1.375, OPSEU/SEFPO has some of the lowest union dues in the country.


A real say

OPSEU/SEFPO is democratic to the core. We’re member-driven, which means members like you decide on everything from bargaining priorities to dues rates.

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Workplace and legal experts

OPSEU/SEFPO’s 300+ staff includes experts in bargaining, grievance handling, pensions, benefits, health and safety, pay equity, human rights, communications, campaigns, education, research and organizing.

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Training opportunities

At no cost to you, we offer extensive courses on everything from bargaining strategies to public campaigning. Plus: we provide annual scholarships to members and/or their dependants.

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OPSEU/SEFPO members receive a range of discounts on things like insurance, wireless service, travel, and tickets to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre.

What’s next?

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Contact OPSEU

Our friendly staff will lay out the process for you in easy-to-understand terms.

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Get information

OPSEU will train the organizing committee immediately to develope a program of union demands (the improvements you are organizing to achieve).

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Sign membership cards

With OPSEU’s help, the committee will then begin its information campaign, where every eligible employee is asked to sign a union membership card.


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I started getting involved in OPSEU/SEFPO when I was working as a mental health nurse. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – I hope you’ll make the same good decision, too.”

Warren (Smokey) Thomas

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 I was working aCorrectional Officer when I became a member. You won’t find a union that’s got a bigger voice – and a bigger heart – than OPSEU/SEFPO.

Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida