December 12, 2013 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has launched
lostinthecloudontario.org to alert people about the risk to the security of their personal information
December 11, 2013 Two days after the PCs publicly targeted OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak flatly refused to engage in a debate about his party’s plans for Ontario workers and unions
DISABILITY RIGHTS CAUCUS
December 10, 2013 OPSEU members, including the members of the Disability Rights Caucus and Executive Board Member Len Elliott, were present at the Injured Workers Christmas Protest.
December 10, 2013 The best support you can offer this paramedic is silence.
December 10, 2013 ARNPRIOR - Staff at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital are rallying December 10 to protest ongoing job and service cuts. more...
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
December 10, 2013 Members at Frontenac Mental Health and Addiction
Services in Kingston have reached a tentative contract agreement. A ratification
vote is scheduled for Dec. 11. more...
December 9, 2013 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has challenged Tim Hudak to a debate, speaking leader to leader on television or radio. more...
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
December 9, 2013 Justice for All newsletter: The ministry responsible for administering
justice will contract out transcript production despite legal decisions that have found transcripts
are the bargaining unit work of court reporters and more...
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
December 6, 2013 Millions of gigabytes of government data, including the
personal information of Ontarians, is stored on secure government servers. The
security of this data is under threat from provincial cost-cutting. more...
December 6, 2013 December 5, 2013 will forever remain a sad day for
humankind. The date marks the death of Nelson Mandela. more...
December 6, 2013 Twenty-four years ago on this day, 14 women were
murdered at Ecole Polytechnique because they were women, by a killer who wanted
to “fight feminism”.
December 5, 2013 Tim Hudak should be pressing his big business
friends to invest in the Ontario economy and create good jobs, but instead he’s
attacking workers with modest incomes and pensions – a move that will only
further hurt the economy.
December 5, 2013
OPSEU is pleased to announce, as the result of a program transfer vote, that
390 members in two different bargaining units have voted for OPSEU as their
official bargaining representative more..
HEALTH AND SAFETY
December 5, 2013 Injured workers mark the
22nd year they have gathered at Ontario’s Ministry of Labour to send the message
that there is no holiday from pain and hardship
EQUITY: PROVINCIAL YOUNG WORKERS COMMITTEE
December 5, 2013
Join the Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) on December 14th in support of
the campaign to “Raise the Minimum Wage.”
5, 2013 Faculty struggle against funding priorities. Local
president Carolyn Gaunt asks: "When you think back to your own time in college,
do you remember your favourite professors, or do you remember your VP Finance?"
4, 2013 Sheridan College is seeking university status. According
to college president Jeff Zabutsky, this is about getting more recognition for
degrees already offered by Sheridan.
December 4, 2013
OPSEU employees, family and friends receive exclusive special Raptors ticket
prices for games in December 2013 through January 2014.
COLLEGE SUPPORT WORKERS
December 3, 2013 Members of CAAT Support kicked off their next
round of contract negotiations by electing a bargaining team this past weekend
at a pre-bargaining conference. With photos. more....
December 2, 2013 Every effort – big or small – gets us closer
to more equality, says OPSEU’s Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida in this new video. more....
December 2, 2013 The 130 staff of Frontenac Community Mental
Health and Addictions Services will be in a legal strike position as of midnight
EQUITY: DISABILITY RIGHTS CAUCUS
December 2, 2013 On December 3rd, OPSEU and many other Canadians will be
celebrating the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. No cards or
gifts necessary, just action
November 29, 2013 Watch the new video about Ontario's crisis in
developmental services. OPSEU members and the people they support tell their
profoundly moving stories. .more....
MARCH OF DIMES
November 29, 2013
Members of Local 262 at the March of Dimes in Oakville have ratified a new
contract that will hike their hourly wages .more....
November 29, 2013 Negotiations for our next Collective Agreement will
begin in the Summer of 2014. The road to those negotiations kicked off last
29, 2013 As management push for a
technology-centered model of "mobile learning", professors are asking: "Who
should decide where and when technology is used in education?".
November 28, 2013 While the Ontario Hospital Association may put on a
happy face when it comes to health system transformation, it’s not exactly the
vision they recently had in mind..
COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISIONAL COUNCIL
November 27, 2013 Read the latest news and developments from each
sector of the Community Services Division Council
November 26, 2013
More than seven months after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, thousands of
victims of the disaster are still waiting for compensation, and justice has not
November 22, 2013
OPSEU is proud to welcome our newest Allied Health Professionals at Windsor
Regional Hospital. OPSEU now represents all 650 Hospital Professionals at the
WRH sites. more...
22, 2013 At St. Clair College in Windsor, faculty contend with
increasing workloads and a corresponding increase in workplace stress.
November 22, 2013 On November 18, the Grey Bruce Labour Council held
its annual awards dinner and both recipients were OPSEU activists.
NEWS: DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES
November 21, 2013 Staff at Community Living London are wondering what
happened to the promised funding for an important local employment program for
youth with disabilities. more...
November 21, 2013
Professors at Georgian College work to maintain full time positions and to
ensure that management-driven "retention" strategies actually help struggling
November 20, 2013 OPSEU member Julie Colgan from local 147 at
Middlesex-London EMS has taken time off work and is currently in the
Philippines with the organization Global Medic.
EQUITY: PROVINCIAL WOMEN'S COMMITTEE
November 19, 2013 On November 8-10, 150 members gathered for the 15th
biennial OPSEU Women’s Conference in Toronto, themed “A Woman’s Journey: The Art
of the Possible.” more...
November 18, 2013 OPSEU is proud to welcome the 107 staff of
Algoma Family Services, a provider of specialized child and youth mental health
services in Algoma District. more...
November 18, 2013 Independent and progressive
online news site rabble.ca covers a lot of labour news and now you can get
highlights sent right to your inbox.
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
November 18, 2013 OPSEU says that news stories
showing videos of inmates being assaulted by staff is sensationalistic and
depicts events that have already been dealt with by the Ministry.
LIQUOR BOARD EMPLOYEES DIVISION
November 15, 2013 Liquor Board workers are not
alone in their opposition to the Hudak Conservatives’ plan to privatize public
services. Other groups like MADD and CAMH have demonstrated their support
November 14, 2013 Trade union member Oscar
López Triviño, who worked for Nestlé, was killed on 9 November in Bugalagrande,
south-western Colombia. Take action together with the International Union of Food
November 14, 2013 As management at Mohawk College have enforced an "across-the-board" online learning mandate, professors have found out how dangerous a lack of academic freedom can be.
November 14, 2013 OPSEU members come from diverse nations and cultures. A sizable community of members, with friends and relatives
PERSONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
November 14, 2013 The OPSEU Hospital Professional Division Executive has, in consultation with CG&B Insurance Group, arranged for members of Regulated Health Professions to get PLI at a discounted rate.
NEWS: 2013 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND FISCAL REVIEW
November 7, 2013 The budget update from Ontario
Finance Minister Charles Sousa revealed an increasingly unequal province where
corporate profits are soaring as personal incomes falter
November 7, 2013 The Ontario Public Service
Employees Union supports continued investment in public infrastructure but is
advising the government to “take a pass” on public-private partnerships, known
as P3s, to build and finance it more...
November 7, 2013 The announced layoff of 34
seasonal firefighters leaves many unanswered questions as to how well the MNR
can respond in the event of fire emergencies in the north and east.
November 6, 2013 Ontario’s minimum wage needs to go up
to $14 an hour as soon as possible, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas told
a government advisory panel on the issue today
November 6, 2013
Read the full text of President Thomas’s remarks
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
November 5, 2013 Members of Local 489 at the Frontenac Mental Health and
Addiction Services drew attention to serious underfunding at the agency
November 5, 2013 OPSEU is proud to welcome our newest members at the Counselling Centre
for East Algoma in Elliot Lake. 70 per cent of the staff voted in favour of
having OPSEU represent them. more...
November 5 2013 While many immigrants choose
the Peel region as their first home, there have been dramatic cuts to the
English classes offered to assist them with the transition.
November 5 2013 In Canada, 90,000 people per
year receive treatment for ladder-related falls.
CBS & DIAGNOSTICS
November 4, 2013 Newsletter: Meet your
new executive, by-laws update, logo contest and more.
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
November 4, 2013 Increases to the coverage for
dependent life insurance the parties agreed to in the last round of OPS
negotiations have now been implemented.
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
The 2013-2014 OPS Collective
Agreement for Central, Unified and Corrections (including Salary Schedules) is
now available online. more...
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
Send an e-mail directly to your MPP by
visiting this page now. more...
The Ontario government is cutting wages
and staff. Instead, they should be documenting management waste in ministries,
agencies, offices, and other undertakings. Use the ORNGE Line, a new online
resource, to alert us to the waste in your workplace today.
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: COURT REPORTERS
For nearly five years the employer has refused to comply with a
Grievance Settlement Board decision that found transcript work should be covered
by the collective agreement. Sign a postcard to Chris Bentley, telling him to
quit with the union-busting tactics
CHILD TREATMENT SECTOR
an e-mail to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and