2012. The latest social mapping newsletter
highlights the findings of the Phase III recommendations and the plans for
implementing the recommendations from Phase II.
1 2011 Read the latest newsletter from the
Membership Committee which highlights the findings and recommendations from
Phase II Final Report more...
October 8, 2010 OPSEU begins the second phase of the Social Mapping Projectmore...
May 2, 2010 OPSEU's first and largest ever membership survey of demographic data
is getting noticed both inside and outside of the labour community.
April 15, 2010 The Membership Committee released
their first newsletter on the results of the survey. more…
News and Information on the Social Mapping Project
See the new video about the OPSEU Social Mapping Project.
April 25, 2013 Each and every one of you is part of this change.
We must take stock of our current processes, resources and structures and
re-align them to have a broad vision of inclusion. The important work we are
doing today lays the foundation for OPSEU's long-term strength and growth.
Together we can ensure solidarity with each other no matter where we are coming
from, no matter our points of view. It's just the right thing to do." Warren
February 4, 2013 Since September 2011, the Social Mapping Implementation
Task Force has been acting on more than 150 recommendations developed by the
Project Consultant in Phase II of the Project.
The OPSEU Social Mapping Video is now available
The social mapping video introduced at Convention 2012 presents
the stories of eight OPSEU human rights advocates. The video is a call to action
for OPSEU members, inspiring them to come forward as defenders of equity issues
in their lives, their communities and their union. Click here to view the video
The Phase III Report is in!
April 2012 The final report from phase III of the Social Mapping Project is complete. The
report reflects the review of three selected membership systems: Communications,
Bargaining and Organizing. Containing a list of 32 recommendations, the report
is designed to help OPSEU build a stronger union that understands and responds
to the membership in its full diversity.
Here are some of the key findings:
Encourage inclusive content of all OPSEU communications:
Develop an equity-related communications policy;
Expand the inclusive content of OPSEU publications; and
Encourage a diversity of input in local newspapers.
Use the full diversity of media available to increase member knowledge of OPSEU:
Establish guidelines for use of media such as e-mail and print
Develop educational material for members and locals to optimize
representation of equity concerns in all union communications.
Increase public awareness and understanding:
Explore ways in which new and current members can gain an appreciation
of OPSEU history;
Improve OPSEU’s image and the image of unions in
Fully mobilize all activists in bargaining:
innovative strategies for supporting workers in equity groups and contingent
workers to participate in the bargaining process and in bargaining teams;
Identify a greater number of priority demands that are responsive to the
needs of equity groups;
Develop tools to assist bargaining teams in responding to the needs of
Create opportunities for OPSEU to effectively organize a wider diversity of
Encourage the development of new ideas for organizing a wider
diversity of members and emerging worker groups;
Develop diversity competency for organizers and structures that
support OPSEU’s practice of matching organizers to target workplaces.
At Convention 2012, the social mapping project presented a report on the results
of Phase III as well as implementation of the recommendations from Phase II.
The social mapping video was also introduced as part of the social mapping
report to Convention.
The report from Phase III has been sent to the Executive Board. The Board has
referred implementation of the recommendations to the Implementation Task Force.
Reports on the results of any planning and implementation will be published as
soon as that information becomes available.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Equity Unit at
Check the website for further updates and information.
The Social Mapping Implementation Task Force
The Social Mapping Implementation Task Force has begun its plans
for implementation of the social mapping Phase II recommendations. Phase II of
the project examined the education and election membership systems at OPSEU.
Passed by the Executive Board in June 2011, the Implementation
Task Force was created to develop detailed and well-supported plans for
implementation of the recommendations emerging from the review of OPSEU
The main focus of the Task Force was to determine the following:
recommendations that should be given priority;
the actions required for implementation that will ensure
that the changes are durable and permanent;
proposed timelines for implementation;
development of key motions, resolutions or other
documents to action required changes;
a communication plan to ensure that measures are
understood, accepted and acted upon;
a comprehensive implementation plan.
Implementation Plans to Date
Since September 2011, the Implementation Task Force has created
an overall framework for implementation and has proposed general timelines for
implementation. As a part of this work, the Task Force also identified
recommendations that could be implemented in the short-term. More than one third
(19 of the 47) of the Phase II recommendations were identified for short-term
implementation. Of those many will be implemented by Convention 2012. The task
force has also created several key motions, resolutions, and recommendations in
consultation with Equity Committees and Caucuses and internal OPSEU departments
to address the short-term implementation goals. Look for a final report of the
short-term implementation plan in April, 2012.
The Phase III report of selected membership systems is almost
complete. Phase III of the social mapping project focused on review of three
membership systems—communications, bargaining and organizing. Information about
the key findings and recommendations from the report will be available in April
Phase II Report Complete
The final report from phase II of the Social
Mapping Project is complete. Containing a list of 45
recommendations, the report is designed to help OPSEU build a
stronger union that understands and responds to the membership
in its full diversity.
Here are some of the key findings:
Good equity policies on the books but
few mechanisms in place to monitor enforcement.
A lack of equity structures at the
local level and in the regions reduces the ability to attract
new members into union activism.
Little focus on workplace-based equity
Difficult for members to participate
in education and meetings where long distances were involved.
OPSEU website is difficult to
navigate; important messaging opportunities are lost.
Activism in the locals is rewarded yet
equity activism is not.
Leadership does not reflect the
general membership, particularly youth, racialized members and
The Membership Committee will
be making a timed presentation at Convention 2011 on the results
of Phase II.
The “Report on
Selected Membership Systems” has been sent to the Executive
Board. The Board will review the recommendations and create an
implementation plan. Reports on the results of any planning and
implementation will be published as soon as that information
Phase One, a demographic
survey of our membership, was completed in early 2010. Click
here for the Executive summary of the Membership Survey
If you have any questions
about this project, please contact the Equity
Check the website for further
updates and information.
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