October 3, 2011 With the provincial election
fast approaching BPS 2011 Conference Co-chairs Jamie Ramage and Deb Gordon urge
BPS members to use the materials developed at this year’s meeting to test the
parties on the issues that matter most to us more...
June 20, 2011 With eyes fixed on the Oct. 6
provincial election, delegates to this weekend’s BPS conference discussed
strategies for getting out OPSEU’s positive message ..Includes slideshow of
2011 Broader Public Service (BPS) Conference and
April 15, 2011
invite you to attend the 2011 Broader Public Service (BPS) Conference
and Sector/Divisional meeting. The conference will be held at the
Sheraton Hotel, located at 123 Queen St. West, Toronto, from Friday,
June 17 to Sunday, June 19, 2011. Sector/Divisional meetings will start
after the conference events on Friday, beginning on Saturday June 18 to
Sunday June 19, 2011, at the hotel.
This year marks the 19th anniversary of the
official recognition of the Broader Public Sector as an integral and
distinct division in OPSEU. In keeping with our theme of Developing,
Networking and Advocating in our communities (DNA), this year’s
conference prepares us for the upcoming Provincial Election. The core
message is one of encouragement to all of our BPS Sectors that we are
all in this together and that we can collectively work together to
effect change in our locals and our communities by participating in our
electoral process. I hope you will take the opportunity to join us and
meet with other members in your Sector and other participants at the
conference. It is a great time to learn new skills and you will leave
the conference with a feeling of solidarity with the rest of the BPS.
You will identify goals and objectives around workplace issues and
develop new expertise in dealing with those issues.
The delegate entitlement rules are
explained in the attached call documents – please read them carefully.
Delegate entitlement will be the same for both the BPS Conference and
the Sector Divisional meetings. There will not be a separate call sent
out for the Sector Divisional meetings.
For all members who will be attending the
conference and travelling by air, you are directed to use Vision 2000 in
order to be reimbursed for your air travel expenses. By booking through
Vision 2000 it allows OPSEU the opportunity to get the best rates for
our members when travelling on union business by optimizing our volume.
The Sector Division meetings are an
important part of this weekend. At the meetings you will determine the
short and long-term goals of your Sector/Division and elect the
leadership who will lead you in implementing them.
I encourage you and your members to honour
your delegate entitlement and attend this year’s conference.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
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OPSEU’s Broader Public Service Conference
is a gathering of members from across the province who belong to
bargaining units in OPSEU’s largest sector. You are front-line and
support staff in community agencies, universities, casino workers,
hospital and community health professionals and support workers, youth
workers, education workers, social services professionals and support
staff, and Paramedics, to name a few. You are 70,000 members strong and
part of more than 100,000 working families belonging to OPSEU.
On Friday morning, June 17th, all delegates
to the conference will gather to participate in a plenary session. We
have invited Marc Zwelling to lead the plenary in developing questions
that will draw out desired information and party platforms at All
Candidates Meetings held in our communities during an election. Friday
afternoon will be a Town Hall meeting where delegates will have an
opportunity to ask the Leaders (or their designate) of each Political
Party questions developed in the morning workshop.
The Health Care Divisional Council and the
Community Services Divisional Council will be meeting on Saturday
morning. Sectors not involved in those meetings will attend a workshop
selected by their Divisional Executive in conjunction with OPSEU
Education and Campaigns department. On Saturday afternoon and all day
Sunday, sectors will conduct their Divisional/Sector meetings. These
meetings are scheduled to do the business of the Sector and elect new
Sector Division Executive Committees. Members who are in bargaining
units not associated with a structured sector will attend another
Please check the schedule to confirm if
your Sector/Division is holding a meeting.
Who should attend?
If you are an OPSEU Local Executive
Committee member, bargaining team member, steward, or have been asked to
represent your bargaining unit on behalf of your elected leadership, you
won’t want to miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences
and have some fun.
(Please see the enclosed delegate
entitlement guidelines for more details on how many can attend from your
How do I get there?
1. Download and fill out the following
forms and fax them to Head Office at 416-448-7451 or you may scan them
and email them to us at
Conference Sector Division Meeting
Personal Assistance Registration Form
Childcare Registration Form
2. Book a room at the Sheraton if
You may reserve