December 7, 2005: Issue 3
“Local assembly” Jan. 23-24 will review plan for new locals
Over 100 front-line LCBO employees will meet Jan. 23-24 to discuss a plan to assign former OLBEU members to locals in their new union.
The “local assembly” will take place in Mississauga.
“This plan is the final chapter in our journey from OLBEU to OPSEU,” says John Coones, chair of OPSEU’s Liquor Board Employees Division.
“Once all members are assigned to locals, we can hold local elections. Once we hold elections, we can provide funding for locals and get them up and running right away.”
The proposal, written by the committee set up to oversee the transition from OLBEU to OPSEU, will create 27 brand new locals. About 125 LCBO employees will be assigned to existing OPSEU locals in northern areas where communities are far apart.
The Transition Committee is still fine-tuning its plan prior to presenting it to the OPSEU Executive Board Dec. 14-15. After that, the plan will be printed up in time for mailing to assembly delegates in early January.
The Transition Committee includes John Coones, Jo Ann Fisher, Mike Sullivan, and Tom Galli (from the Liquor Board Employees Division) and Nancy Pridham, Terry Moore, and Heino Nielsen (from OPSEU).
Some spaces may still be available. Members who do not receive the conference package by Dec. 16, but would like to attend, should contact OPSEU Campaigns Officer Myles Magner. Send Myles an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 8777 at 1-800-268-7376 or (416) 443-8888.
The Transition Committee’s proposal will be on the OPSEU web site in early January. Members who do not attend the assembly will still be able to comment on the proposal and suggest improvements by e-mail and phone. All comments will be presented to the assembly for consideration.
Health and safety report
Unloading trucks, lugging stock, and spending hours on cash registers is tough work at the best of times. During the holidays, LCBO employees do more of it. And we do it faster. This year, don’t let the frenzied holiday shopping season put your safety at risk. Don’t accept pain as part of the job. Don’t get injured. If you think your safety is at risk, know what to do.
Know your rights
Under Ontario law, all workers have a right to safe and healthy workplaces. You have the right:
If you face a health and safety issue at work, follow these steps:
Building a health and safety network
Your provincial health and safety committee is committed to building a strong health and safety network for LCBO workers everywhere. We want to make sure every workplace has a union health and safety rep. Then we want to make sure every rep has health and safety training.
Centrally, we want to negotiate a province-wide health and safety agreement with our employer. We need an effective forum to prevent injuries and improve health and safety at all LCBO stores, warehouses, and offices. We look forward to working with you. Stay safe!
Jackie Jackson, Store 363, North Bay
Zone 27 challenge:
Some sisters in Zone #27 (Durham warehouse) have contacted their local Children’s Aid Society and adopted a local family for Christmas. And they are challenging other zones to do the same.
The “adoption” basically involves buying specific articles the family needs or wants, but cash donations are definitely welcome. Zone #27 will use the money for a gift certificate for groceries.
Please fire up your zones to do something at Christmas. Many may already be doing something for others — that’s great — but those of us who don’t might want to make this a yearly challenge within our Liquor Division.
Hats off to Debbie Gallagher, the driving force behind the Zone #27 initiative! — Denise Davis, Director of Warehousing
Need help? Call OPSEU Direct
If you have an issue, concern, or question about anything that’s going on in your workplace, your union is there to help. The zone stewards, zone reps, and staff representatives that helped you before are there to help you today — backed by the full resources of OPSEU.
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Don’t know your zone rep?
Don’t know who to call about benefits, grievances, health and safety, the Employee Assistance Program, or any other issue?
Call OPSEU Direct at (416) 443-8888 or 1-800-268-7376. We’ll direct you to the person who can help!
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*** Happy holidays! ****
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