Thank you for your support!
The past two years have gone by
very quickly! As your chair I have spent an average of 40 – 50 days per year
attending meetings in Toronto and area. At times it has been a challenge to
juggle the demands of this position. Despite the demanding work I consider it a
privilege to be your Chair. I thank you for your continued support.
Meetings with Ontario Association
of Children’s Aid Society (OACAS) have proven to be fruitful toward building a
cooperative and communicative relationship. One major contribution from OPSEU
was the SIS system review, compiled by my visits to OPSEU work sites and
interviews with frontline staff. The findings were presented to OACAS. Our
results varied from their own review of the SIS system. OACAS accepted our
review, and are accepting many of the comments from our workers about system
issues. We have come a long way in working collaboratively with OACAS over the
past couple of years.
Our participation in the Community
Services Division has been very effective. Working through the Violence in the
Workplace Campaign, profiling sectors that need organizing and the TOPPS pension
plan have been highlights.
Our involvement in the Broader
Public Sector (BPS) All Chairs has also been effective. The BPS conference has
been a major project of the All Chairs.
The CAS Executive directed the
Chair to write a pre budget submission to the Minister of Finance, which was
well received. We were one of two sectors within OPSEU that submitted a such a
report. Working with the Child Advocate’s office is ongoing. A very supportive
and reciprocal relationship has developed between the Advocate’s office and the
CAS Sector. Our next meeting with the Child Advocate is December 7, 2009.
The Leadership Days hosted by the
Equity Committee have also been excellent.
Travesty in Rainy River
Due to recent announcements in
Northern Ontario OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is demanding that the
McGuinty government immediately reassess how the province is funding children
and family services. OPSEU has learned that services in Rainy River are about to
cease because the government will not provide enough funding to continue
operations there. President Thomas also warns that these northern agencies are
just the first in a long line of child and family services that are facing huge
budget shortfalls. The Ontario Government must put children and youth first, no
matter where they live in the province. Premier McGuinty must address this
immediately, before an irreversible tragedy occurs.
OPSEU CENSUS - <COUNT ME IN LOGO>
In 2008, Convention passed a
resolution mandating that OPSEU implement a plan that reflects a more
representative workforce. With that resolution passed, OPSEU embarked on the
Social Mapping Project. OPSEU has hired a consultant TWI Inc, to assist in the
completion of the OPSEU Census. The Census initiative will collect statistics
and demographics of OPSEU members and staff, to identify any barriers in
policies, programs and services. This will provide invaluable information for
forecasting and planning for OPSEU’s future and direction.
be sure to complete a census form in November.
Count Me In!!
Pink Shirt Day - April 14, 2010
Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, April
14, 2010. Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and
over the Internet.
On April 14, 2010, I encourage all
of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not
tolerate bullying anywhere.
Thanks to Jane Kaija, Sector
Vice-Chair who brought us Violence in the Workplace workshops. It is due in
large to her hard work on this important issue, that we have now become aware of
National Bullying Day. In support, our sector executive will have t-shirts for
sale at the BPS Conference. Be sure to find our table Thursday and Friday
mornings from 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.; during lunch breaks; and at days end.
for a t-shirt is $14.00
National Bullying week is November
16 - 21 2009. Wear your pink t-shirt to bring awareness to this issue.
We look forward to seeing you there
participating in your sector’s continued endeavors to make our workplaces more
safe and positive places to be.
Come out and meet your executive!
You should have received your call
package by now. If you have not, the forms can all be found on the OPSEU
website. Your committee looks forward to seeing you at their hospitality suite
on Thursday November 26th.
Come out and meet your executive!
Hear about our last two years in office and our exciting plans for the next two
years. We have planned an informative educational for Friday afternoon in
keeping with the DNA (Developing, Networking, Advocating) theme of this year’s
Join us as we learn more about our
Come prepared to talk about your
agency on domestic violence services; who funds it? how much time is this
section of the act taking, how does your agency provide services.
Please note that Johanne Wyss-Huskinson,
member-at-large, will not be joining us that afternoon. She will be making a
presentation to the education sector about investigations involving allegations
against teachers. In her continued efforts of networking with other sectors.
Dues are Due
Dues letters were sent out in
September to locals who have not submitted their dues. According to the sector
bylaws, article 5.0, member units/locals who have not paid their dues are not
eligible to vote at the Divisional meeting.
Bargaining Updates Across the Sector
Local 448 – Prince Edward CAS
Term of Agreement – April 1, 2009 –
March 31, 2012
Wages: 3%, 2,5%, 2.25%
Mileage Increase - $.44/km max at
New – seniority credit for
emergency duty workers
LOU – Workload Committee –
recognition of additional classifications
L116 – London CAS
Term of Agreement - April 1, 2009 -
March 31, 2012
Wages : 2.5%, 3%, 3%
Increase in Health and Safety Representation
Establishment of an Accommodation Committee
Improved Paid time off for Union Representatives
Improved Job Security language (Contracting out protection)
Improved Job Posting Language
New Cell Phone Allowance with increases in each year of the agreement
New Workload language that establishes grievable thresholds that decrease in the
first two years of the contract. An immediate result of this language will be
the creation of five (5) new full time jobs with an expectation for additional
new jobs during the second year of the contract in order to achieve workload
"Bullying" added to the "No
discrimination" clause plus a letter of understanding defining "Bullying"
Joint Training (based on OPSEU's Bullying Course) to be implemented and
delivered to all CAS employees within 90 days of Ratification
Reduction in Co-pay from 60/40 to 70/30 for extended Health coverage - savings
of up to $300 per year for many members
Improved Vision Care
Improved Orthodontic coverage
Increase from 15 weeks to 26 weeks for SEB for Maternity leave and add and
include Adoption and Parental Leave coverage
Reduction in weekly hours of work
(40 hrs to 37.5) for Homemaker/Family Support workers (approx 30 members) with
no loss in weekly wage.
Improved Vacation for first year
employees as well as members with 2-4 yrs of service. Improved Vacation for all
members with 16 - 20 years of service
Local 441 – Leeds and Grenville
Term of Agreement – April 01, 2009
– March 31, 2011
Wages - 2.5%, 2.5%
2.5%, 2.5% increase for After Hours
with the 5% allocated to the phone lines.
Eliminate bottom two steps on
BSW,MSW grids effective April 01, 2010
Mileage increase - $.43/km with a
re-opener clause at $1.25 to $.45/km
New language to clarify
reimbursement when traveling to alternate place of work.
Improvements on Staff Development
Improvements in numbers for
-Intake 10 new
investigations per month
-Family Services 25
cases, 18-20 active
Add language regarding Protected
Recording Times on a rotating basis.
LOU – Workload Committee
New article – 2 days compassionate
Include language regarding Union’s
position on WSIB
LOU – regarding Anti Bullying and
Agency Wide training
Local 304 – York CAS
Term April 01, 2009 – March 31,
Year 1 .86 cents per hour works out
to 2.2% at highest pay grade to 3.9% at the lowest pay grade
Year 2 .89 cents per hour
Year 3 .91 cents per hour
.5% has been set aside each year to
deal with JJE, if not used will be added to pay grades
Improvements in vacation, dental
orthotics, vision care and increase in long term bonus, paid union time off,
stewards and bargaining team composition etc..
Jeanne Sauve and Kawartha
Haliburton are the two remaining units at the bargaining table with 2009 expiry
dates. The sector sends their support as they move through a challenging time
with their agencies.
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