Politics bringing public, private unions closerTargeting of public services crucial issue for convergenceBy Gordon Sova01/08/2010|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/12/2010 Late in November, a meeting took place at the head office of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) in Toronto. It included “key Ontario union leaders from both the public and private sectors,” according to OPSEU president Smokey Thomas, although there was no guest list provided. The topic of conversation was what was perceived as a public-service crisis.A message of strong support for public services is not surprising coming from the leader of a public service union. Or from the president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, who was formerly the leader of another public-service union. Maybe it’s not so surprising, either, from the leaders of other unions during a time when their members are being laid off and forced to rely on the social safety net. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.