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OPSEU seeks to mend rift

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Ontario's largest public-sector union wants to take the lead in repairing the relationship between Unifor and the Canadian Labour Congress after a recent spat over the right of workers to choose which union represents them.

In a letter released yesterday, OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says OPSEU is in a unique position to help Canada's largest private-sector union and the national lobby group for Canada's labour movement find common ground because OPSEU previously has fought for changes to the congress.

He said he was deeply disappointed by Unifor's mid-January decision to leave the congress immediately after its request to join a congress committee studying the ability of workers to switch unions was ignored.

Thomas met with Dias and CLC president Hassan Yussuff last week in Montreal but said he's unsure whether the discussion will be enough to unite them.

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