Clerical and Service Employees
On May 9, you will be asked to vote
for the union you wish to represent you here at Brockville General Hospital.
Why is this happening?
The vote is triggered by the transfer of
clerical and service workers from the former Royal Ottawa Hospital (Brockville
Psychiatric Hospital) to Brockville General Hospital. OPSEU represents these
workers and OPSEU takes that responsibility seriously.
OPSEU – Your Union for Brockville General Hospital
receives award from arbitrationMay 2, 2012
Members of OPSEU Local 439, Brockville Mental Health Centre of the Royal Ottawa
Health Care Group, have received a significant award from Arbitrator Brian
Under the Public Sector Labour Relations
Transition Act (PSLRTA), this transfer requires members of the CUPE group and
the OPSEU group to decide which union they wish to continue representing them.
OPSEU wants you to have all the information
you need to vote wisely.
Why does it matter?
Both CUPE and OPSEU are reputable unions. But
when workers are already union members there’s not often a chance to take a
close look at two unions, make your comparisons and make your choice. This vote
gives you that opportunity.
What are OPSEU’s strengths for someone at
Brockville General Hospital?
OPSEU has a union office right in Brockville,
so your staff representative and union support are right around the corner.
·OPSEU already represents employees at BGH – the
hospital paramedical group. So OPSEU has experience dealing with the hospital’s
management, and the hospital knows OPSEU.
While the clerical and service workers would
continue as its own local within OPSEU, it would benefit from the union’s more
central structure. This means that almost all expenses are borne by the central
union: member time off for collective bargaining, the costs of handling
grievances and arbitration, the costs of participating in union conventions,
educationals, and other meetings. One level of union dues covers all of the
major activities of the organization.
OPSEU is an Ontario union. Nobody knows public
service in this province in its broadest sense better than OPSEU. We have links
to the entire Canadian labour movement through our participation in the National
Union of Public and General Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress, but we are
the specialists in Ontario..
How can I get more information?
The PSLRTA vote will be preceded by a formal
“campaign,” from May 2 to May 8. OPSEU will have an
opportunity to meet you and answer any and all questions you may have. See our
notice on the location of information tables and dates and times
of OPSEU information meetings.
For more information please contact:
Connie Huziak • Riley Dawe • David
Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 100 Lesmill Rd. Toronto, ON
M3B 3P8 (416) 443-8888
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