Former Public Service Union leaders get caught with their hands in the cookie jar; OPSEU sues to get the money back

By Pepper Parr

January 17th, 2023



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Statements of Claim (they were being sued) were served on three former senior executives of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO) executive board for accessing money from the union Strike Fund

OPSEU picket in front of government office.

One amount of $500,000 was taken as damages “for injuries to his feelings, dignity and self-respect” and the transfer of an OPSEU/SEFPO vehicle; outlined in the statement of claim.

This hasn’t got to court yet and the three defendants have yet to file a defence.

The allegations against longtime president Warren (Smokey) Thomas former first vice-president/treasurer Eduardo Almeida and Maurice Gabay, former administrator of the union’s financial services division, are detailed in a statement of claim filed in Ontario’s Superior Court on Monday morning and follow a forensic audit ordered by the union.

The claims were for “$1.75 million from Thomas, $3 million from Almeida and $1 million from Gabay, as well as damages of $6 million for “breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, conspiracy, conversion and/or unjust enrichment”

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