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OPSEU LOCAL 245 – Media Release

Local President honoured by Labour Council

For Immediate Release: November 28, 2008

OPSEU Local 245 President Jay Jackson awarded Political Action Recognition Award by Oakville and District Labour Council
OPSEU Local 245 President Jay Jackson accepting Political Action Recognition Award from Oakville and District Labour Council

OPSEU Local 245 President Jay Jackson was honoured on Thursday November 27th at the Annual awards dinner for the Oakville and District Labour Council with the Political Action Recognition Award.

For over 25 years Jay has been active in his union, OPSEU, as president of OPSEU Local 245. He has been a Sheridan College Bargaining team member and Chair of the College provincial central team, Secretary of the OPSEU Area Council for Halton and Peel, Executive Board Member of the OPSEU provincial board and Regional Vice President for OPSEU Region 2. Jay is active in his community as a volunteer, is chair of the Library Board in Georgetown and a member of the Legal Aid Board for Halton.

This award recognizes political action and as a member of the OPSEU Area Council, Jay has participated in a number of political action lobbies in provincial election campaigns. He has made the supreme sacrifice by offering himself as a candidate for the New Democratic Party for North Halton. He was the voice of labour to the community throughout that campaign participating in debates and forums and increasing the NDP presence in this riding.

During many strikes Jay has spoken out on behalf of workers and participated in picket lines and has represented workers to the press. His involvement in the days of action throughout this province during the Harris era was remarkable as he donated his skills as a photographer to cover the action for the union.

As a tireless supporter of members he has spent countless hours counselling and representing workers in grievances and arbitration. His strong negotiation and mediation skills have enabled many workers have their rights defended. CAAT support has much language which enhances our rights due to his skills as chair of the provincial bargaining team . He is known for his cool head in handling difficult situations and has earned the respect of workers and management alike.

One example of this is in 1996 as chair of the local Employment Stability committee when the college notified the union of huge cutbacks which precipitated over 100 lay off notices to the members of local 245. This process was arduous and upsetting for the members. Jay’s leadership resulted in the majority of members being placed in other jobs or being bridged to retirement. As OPSEU EBM and RVP he has shown leadership in reviving and supporting strong regional membership education which has resulted in an upsurge of activists in Region 2. It is also an avenue for involving new members in the broader labour movement.

Jay is an individual with strong union principles which he continues to act on in the house of labour and in the community. He is most deserving of this recognition. As a local we should all be proud of his contributions.

President Jay Jackson and OPSEU Local 245 supporters.
President Jay Jackson and OPSEU Local 245 supporters.

The local had a good turnout to support the award winner who was surprised and humbled by the honour.

For more information, contact:

Jay Jackson
President, OPSEU Local 245

Media Contact:
Frederick Oliver
V.P. Communications, OPSEU Local 245

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