Ornge OPSEU members settle policy/inclusions grievance
May 16, 2012
In December 2011, OPSEU Local 505 (Ornge) initiated a grievance
regarding the hiring of non-OPSEU employees to perform the duties of
Communication Officers. This policy/inclusion grievance involved six non-union
employees performing union work.
We are pleased to announce that the grievance has now been withdrawn by the
Union prior to arbitration and a Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) has been reached
between the parties.
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas commended the members: “Congratulations
to all of the member of OPSEU Local 505 for standing up for your rights. This
victory will result in improved patient safety.”
Local 505 President Gregory Fletcher acknowledged the role of Ron McKerlie, CEO
of Ornge and his new management team on improved labour relations exhibited by
the achievement of this settlement. “This marks a dramatic improvement in the
relationship between management and employees.”
Included in the MOS were the following key items:
All non-management employees in the Aviation Control Centre
will become OPSEU members and move to the OPSEU-represented Ornge
The employer has agreed that the six impacted non-OPSEU
employees will come into the bargaining unit as Communication Officers and
be paid at the negotiated OPSEU wage rate.
The union agrees to withdraw the grievance.
Ornge is a private not-for-profit charitable organization that
primarily coordinates medical air transport and transfer of patients between
medical facilities. It has been in business under the name of Ornge since 2005
but has been operating in various capacities since 1977.