May 1, 2013 Spring 2013 for OPSEU members in the hospital support sector
Planning is underway for next month’s BPS conference and coordinated bargaining
February 1, 2013 Keep up-to-date with the latest news from OPSEU’s
hospital support division more
November 26, 2012 Local 345, representing 245 office and clerical workers
at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, is celebrating after receiving an
arbitration award that brings them into line with other hospital office and
clerical workers across Ontario
May 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 Keller.
2, 2012 A new video looks behind the scenes at the contributions highly
skilled support staff make to the daily running of a hospital.
November 30, 2011 Effective 2012, it is law for all members of a Regulated Health Profession to carry Professional Liability Insurance. OPSEU has, in consultation with CG&B Insurance Group, arranged for our affected members an opportunity to get insurance at a discounted rate.
August 19, 2011 The outcome of this election may
determine your future workload, your family’s access to health care, the hours
you work, who you work for, or whether you will have a job at all. The Hospital Support Sector election primer looks at the party promises, the issues, offers
helpful suggestions on what you can do, and gives sample questions for
Printed copies of the 11” x 17” Election Primer are being sent
to each local. You can also download it here.
October 28, 2010 OPSEU president Smokey Thomas will be a
featured speaker at a special community forum in Walkerton on Nov. 2 organized
to examine the mounting problems at South Grey Bruce Health Care .
September 27, 2010 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is challenging the senior management at South Bruce Grey Health Centre to eat the rethermalized food it wants to foist on patients.
Labour and community join in leafleting
campaign aimed at South Bruce Grey Health Centre
On Saturday morning shoppers in Kincardine,
Durham, Hanover and Walkerton will be given leaflets warning them of
conditions at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre. The four-site hospital has
been cutting services, destroying staff morale, silencing critics and taking
away the democratic rights of the community to elect hospital board members.
The leafleting action follows press
conferences last week criticizing the hospital for its poor labour relations
environment. Conditions at the hospital have gotten so bad staff are
complaining of severe stress symptoms, including spontaneous crying on the
The day is being organized by OPSEU, Friends
of the Kincardine Hospital, The Grey Bruce Labour Council and the Ontario
Those wishing to participate should contact
Mary Ellen Pollard at (519)
To download a copy of the brochure,
To read more and watch a video of last week’s
April 1, 2010 St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry's Bay is cutting
front-line care positions and closing beds in order to eliminate an operating
deficit. The hospital is eliminating seven full-time registered practical
nursing positions, reducing the hours of housekeeping, maintenance, food
services and recreational programming.
Spring 2009 Health Care Support News more
September 4, 2008 Members of Local 276, the office and
clerical unit at Grey Bruce Health Unit, thank their dozens of supporters.
Big OPSEU victory in Grey Bruce Health Unit strike
July 15, 2008 After ten weeks on the line, the office and
clerical staff of the Grey Bruce Health Unit heads back to work in triumph.
Workers ratify tentative agreement
July 14, 2008 Office and clerical workers ratified a
tentative agreement with the Grey Bruce Health Unit Friday.
Health unit strike may be over
July 11, 2008 Owen Sound Times. After
10 weeks on the picket line, program assistants vote today on
Strike continues as staff reject latest offer
July 2, 2008 Office and
Clerical Workers of the Grey Bruce Health Unit have voted 77 per
cent to reject the employer’s latest offer.
Local makes second request for support: Strike enters ninth week
June 26, 2008 The members of Local 276 (office and
clerical staff – Grey Bruce Health Unit) are entering their ninth
week on strike. Our members are feeling the pinch although their
spirits remain high and their commitment remains strong. Your
generous donations will be greatly appreciated. If you have already
made a donation, please allow us this opportunity to express our
gratitude. Your generosity has been highlighted on placards that are
mounted in our strike headquarters. For those who wish to make a
donation please make your cheque payable to
Local 276 Strike
Account and mail it to OPSEU Local 276, 80 – 9th Street East, Owen
Sound, ON N4K 1N4
and make sure to include a return address so
we can thank you for your generosity and tell you how things turn
out. View full
Striking workers head for Ottawa
June 13, 2008 Local 276 office and
clerical workers will make its case to the Ontario Liberals at their
Provincial Council meeting in Ottawa this weekend.
Central East LHIN threatens jobs in Scarborough and
June 13, 2008 The Central
East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is about to
unveil a plan to force every hospital in its area --
including Whitby Mental Health, Rouge Valley and
Lakeridge -- to contract out one per cent of its
operating budget to a community-based agency.
New ads hit airwaves, print media in Grey-Bruce
June 11, 2008 New ads in Grey
and Bruce Counties highlight spending by the Board of
Health on buildings and top administration, as the
strike by clerical workers continues.
The ads point out that the Board of
Health has authorized more than $20-million on a
sparkling new waterfront building, and top
administrators have received substantial raises, all
while denying an adequate wage increase to striking
office and clerical staff at the health unit.
The black-and-white newspaper ads will
run in 13 community papers across Grey and Bruce
Provided in the ads are phone numbers
for members of the Board of Health, who have watched
this situation deteriorate.
print ad .pdf
Listen to radio ad .mp3
Meanwhile, New Democrat MPP France
Gélinas weighed in with a public statement about the
importance of well-functioning health units in Ontario.
Read the statement by Ms. Gélinas.
Watch/listen for OPSEU’s ads in the
following media, this week:
Port Elgin Shoreline Beacon
South Grey-Bruce, The Post
Mildmay Town & Country Crier
Blue Mountains Courier-Herald
Owen Sound Sun Times
Thomas asks for investigation of Health Unit
June 6, 2008 Rampant spending on a
shiny new waterfront building, double-digit annual wage
increases for top officers, but no money to pay a fair wage
to striking program assistants. OPSEU asks the Minister of
Health to investigate. more...
Brief outlines wage disparity with other health units
5, 2008 The 27 striking OPSEU workers at the Grey Bruce Health Unit have
prepared a 100-page brief that outlines wages and benefits of similar
employees at other Ontario health units. Members prepared the brief did the
work to show the Grey Bruce Board of Health accurate information.
The strike began May 1 and is now concluding its fifth week.
The health unit bargaining team was using inaccurate data
based on a web site with outdated information.
The striking workers, members of OPSEU Local 276, are paid
10 to 35 per cent less than similar employees at other Ontario health units.
For instance, similar workers in Toronto earn more than $53,000, while in
Grey Bruce they earn about $36,000.
Members remain strong on the line and more determined than
One month on the line for fairness
May 29, 2008 Members
of OPSEU Local 276, office and
clerical staff at the
Grey Bruce Health Unit,
on strike for almost a
month, request your support. more...
Strike continues in Owen Sound
May 21, 2008 CFOS: OPSEU says its negotiators are set to
return to the bargaining table to represent the 27 clerical and office
staff who hit the picket line May 1st.
Grey Bruce Health Unit: Local 276 turns the heat up another
notch on the employer
SOUND - May 16, 2008 Office and clerical staff working at the
Grey Bruce Health Unit have now been on strike for two weeks. A
full-scale advertising campaign including billboards, print ads,
and radio ads, will ramp up today as the local invites the
public to examine the facts. The radio ads will be running in
Owen Sound and Wingham, starting today
See newspaper ad
View the latest flyer
Local 276: Radio ads .mp3
President Thomas calls for investigation of health unit’s
May 13, 2008 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
visited the picket line at the Grey Bruce Health Unit today, and expressed his
concerns about the financial management of the Health Unit.
View slide show of
Your support makes a difference
May 13, 2008 Owen Sound - As the strike enters its 13th
day, your support is having its effect. More…
Strike continues in Owen Sound: Thomas to visit line May 13
May 12, 2008
President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will visit Owen Sound tomorrow to officially
open strike headquarters for the Grey Bruce Health Unit office and clerical
workers, members of Local 276. more...
Strike continues: Rally sends a message
9, 2008 The strike at the Grey Bruce Health Unit continues as
office and clerical workers seek a fair deal. On May 8, OPSEU
stalwarts Paul Johnstone and Jill McIllwraith spoke at a rally, and
Ontario Nurses' Association members, themselves entering
conciliation with GBHU, visited the line. .
Strike continues: Patty Rout visits pickets in Owen Sound
8, 2008 The strike at the Grey Bruce Health Unit enters its
first week today. On May 7, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
Patty Rout visited the line.
Grey Bruce Health Unit strike continues
May 5, 2008 The strike is into its fifth day at the
Grey Bruce Health Unit. The unit’s 27 office and clerical members earn 15
per cent less than their counterparts in nearby units. Picket lines are up
in Owens Sound.
OPSEU Grey Bruce Health Unit on
May 1, 2008
Office and clerical employees of the
Grey Bruce Health Unit are on the picket
lines this morning after last-minute
OPSEU: Strike set for Thursday May 1 at Grey Bruce Health Unit
April 28, 2008 Office and clerical staff extend deadline for final meeting with
Health Unit office and clerical unit to picket in Owen Sound
April 17, 2008 The 26 office and
clerical workers in OPSEU Local 276 at the Grey Bruce Health
Unit will hold an information picket during the Board of Health
meeting April 18. more...
Talks back on for Grey-Bruce Health Unit office and clerical
April 4, 2008 The negotiating team for OPSEU Local 276,
representing the office and clerical employees at Grey Bruce Health Unit, will
be back at the bargaining table April 9. more...
Office and clerical workers vote to strike if
February 22, 2008 Office and clerical workers at the Grey
Bruce Health Unit held a strike vote in Owen Sound Feb. 21 where they rejected
overwhelmingly the employer’s offer, giving the bargaining team a strike
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance -
Office and Clerical
Apr 13, 2007 OPSEU stops union
raid in Chatham more...
21, 2006 Health Care Support News, December 2006 Update
on government health care plan, Alliston cuts averted,
Editor’s Weekend, and more
December 6, 2006:
Maintain birthing units at Stevenson Memorial Hospital until
LHIN can make integration decision -- Leah Casselman in a letter
to Health Minister George Smitherman.
2006 Hospital fiscal advisory committee workshops begin October
August 24, 2006
Health Care Support News August 2006 Update on LHINs, P3s, Municipal
vote, New CBS unit, and more
Bargaining: Canadian Blood Services: province-wide support unit
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