August 27, 2009 Information on OPS Joint ERC Training.
OPSEU calls on Youth Minister to initiate task force
March 19, 2009 Letter from Smokey Thomas and
Children and Youth Services MERC Chair Glenna Caldwell calling on
CYS Minister Deb Matthews to immediately begin probe into working
OPSEU calls on Corrections Minister to initiate task
March 11, 2009 Letter from Smokey
Thomas and Corrections MERC Chair Eddy Almeida
calling on Corrections Minister Rick Bartolucci to immediately
begin probe into working conditions.
Corrections ratifies new collective agreement
March 10, 2009 Table Talk Update
- Corrections Edition: Members of the Corrections
Bargaining Unit have ratified their new agreement for
the 2009-2012 Collective Agreement.
Corrections workers ratify collective agreement
March 7, 2009 Nearly 6,000
Corrections workers who work in Ontario’s correctional facilities and
supervise offenders in the community have ratified their collective
agreement with the Ontario government. more…
Ratification vote times and locations
March 5, 2009 This listing will be updated as votes times and locations
are confirmed. March 5 10:00 am: Updated info for Region 6 more...
Tentative Agreement Q&A
March 4, 2009
Questions answered about the OPS Corrections Tentative
Who can vote in the upcoming ratification vote for the
Jail overcrowding and light sentencing are putting
public safety at risk: OPSEU calls for probe into
March 3, 2009 OPSEU
has called for an immediate and thorough examination of
what’s happening in the overcrowded provincial correctional
system and its effects on the health and safety of
correctional service workers.
March 2, 2009 Ontario corrections workers have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Ontario government.
Corrections reaches tentative agreement
March 1, 2009 7:30 p.m. Your
Corrections Bargaining Team has reached a tentative agreement for the
Corrections Bargaining Unit 2009-2012 Collective Agreement.
Highlights of the agreement and full text of the employer
offer now available.more...
Tentative settlement at Corrections table
March 1, 2009 10:00 am The union
and the OPS employer reached a tentative settlement at the Corrections
bargaining table early Sunday morning, March 1.
CORRECTIONS BARGAINING '09
February 27, 2009Photo Gallery updated
- Sault Ste. Marie Corrections members and their sisters and brothers in
the OPS do a solidarity walk to local MPP David Orazetti's office on Feb. 26.
They leave a message for Orazetti: Tell Government Services Minister Ted
McMeekin to negotiate a fair deal with Corrections.
Corrections in the News
February 27, 2009 News coverage from across Ontario.
Members and supporters picket Liberal Fundraiser in Lindsay
February 23, 2009
Central East Correctional Centre members and their
supporters braved the ice, wind and snow to picket a Liberal
fundraiser in the by-election for Haliburton-Kawartha
Corrections Bargaining Update
February 23, 2009 The Corrections Bargaining Team is at the table again this
week while members across the province hold rallies to support the team.more...
Thousands of letters from OPS members supporting Corrections are delivered
to the Premier's office
February 23, 2009 David Kerr, chair of the Corrections bargaining team and Roxanne Barnes, vice-chair of the Central/Unified bargaining team, delivered 9,000 letters from OPS members supporting Corrections to the Premier’s office Feb. 17.
Support the Corrections Division
Downloads to support the Corrections
Division in bargaining.
Employer ratifies OPS
Central / Unified agreements
February 27, 2009 On Thursday, February 26,
2009, the employer informed OPSEU that they have ratified the
Central and Unified agreements for the 2009-2012 Collect Agreement.
Essential Services talks to begin; Bargaining continues
February 13, 2009 This
afternoon, the employer has given notice to the Corrections
Bargaining Team that they wish to begin negotiating essential
Members to keep up the pressure as talks continue
February 9, 2009 Negotiations
continue this week at the Corrections table. In the meantime,
members of the Corrections Division continue to keep the pressure on
the employer in order to get a fair and reasonable contract.
Employer e-mail mystifies bargaining team
February 3, 2009 An e-mail
from MGS Deputy Minister Ron McKerlie, sent out to all OPS members
today, has left the Corrections Bargaining Team scratching their
Corrections workers vote for strike; remainder of public service
January 30, 2009 NEWS RELEASE
Nearly 5,500 Corrections workers who work in Ontario’s correctional
facilities and supervise offenders in the community have voted 89 per
cent in favour of strike action.
Support the Corrections Division
January 23, 2009 Downloads to support the
Corrections Division in bargaining.
January 21, 2009 A message to Bailiffs, Rehab
Officers, Industrial Officers, Grounds/Maintenance Workers, Recreational
Officers, Trade Instructors, Locksmiths and Probation Officers.
OPS Presidents support their teams at Jan. 17 meeting
January 19, 2009 OPS
local presidents met in Toronto to hear first-hand about the
upcoming contract vote.
Vote Information Meetings
January 15, 2009 OPS members are
invited to attend vote information meetings in advance of the contract vote.
Vote information for all OPS locals and members
January 14, 2009 Questions and
answers about the upcoming contract vote by OPSEU members in the Ontario
Public Service. more…
Probation Officers picket
January 13, 2009 Probation Officers held
lunchtime pickets Jan. 12 to protest the employer's offer.
Table Talk Update – Central / Unified Edition
January 9, 2009 The latest
bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS Central and Unified members:
This contract is your contract!
Schedule of emergency meetings for the Corrections Bargaining
January 7, 2008 Corrections
bargaining unit members are asked to attend emergency meetings on employer's
OPSEU asks Ontario Corrections members for strike vote
January 7, 2009 News Release
The bargaining team representing Ontario Correctional Services workers is
asking its members to reject a government offer for a new collective
Important Message from the Chair of the OPS Central/Unified Bargaining
January 6, 2008 A message from Eric
Morin on the status of information for the upcoming Central/Unified
OPS Local President’s Meeting -
Jan. 17, 2009
January 6, 2009 The
Central/Unified and Corrections bargaining Teams have called an
OPS Local President’s meeting for January 17, 2008.
Table Talk Update – Corrections Edition
January 6, 2009 The latest
bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS Corrections members: Reject this
Table Talk Update
December 24, 2008The latest
bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members: Central / Unified: We did
it!; Corrections stands firm.
OPSEU reaches tentative agreement for Central and Unified bargaining
December 24, 2008News
Release: The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has reached
a tentative agreement for a new collective agreement between the
Government of Ontario and 38,000 of their direct employees.
Central / Unified reach tentative agreement
December 24, 2008 The Central / Unified
bargaining teams signed a tentative agreement with the employer at 3:45
this morning. Details on the terms of the new collective agreement will
be posted later today.
Corrections asks employer for offer
December 24, 2008 At the Corrections table, there is still
no settlement. The Corrections Team has asked the employer for an offer
that will be voted on by the Corrections Bargaining Unit members.
Details on that offer will be posted as soon as they are available.
Issue Sheet #4 Targeted benefits?
December 22, 2008 Correctional Officers and Youth
Workers are under attack. And eventually, every member of the OPS will pay a
heavy price. more...
Now it’s up to the employer
December 19, 2008 Table Talk Update - The latest
bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members: Now it’s up to the employer.
Issue Sheet #3 Eliminate reasonable efforts?
December 18, 2008 Unless members are 100 per cent protected in the
event of downloads or privatization, there is no way we will ever give it up.
Issue Sheet #2 Kicking our most vulnerable workers while they’re down
December 17, 2008 How the Ontario Government shows
their appreciation for what the Premier called “dedication, professionalism
and passion for public service.” more...
December 16, 2008 We deserve a fair contract.
Download flyer for posting in the workplace. Download
December 12, 2008 The employer is trying to steal money right out of your pocket. And they hope that most employees won’t notice until it’s too late.
Table Talk Update
December 12, 2008 The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members: Bargaining continues; down to 'crunch time'
Provincial rallies a huge success
December 12, 2008 OPSEU members around the province
demand equal treatment of unclassified workers.
Photos and more....
December 10, 2008 OPS Central bargaining team members
thank participants and organizers of Dec. 10 Unclassified rally in Toronto.
"We won't back down!"
December 10, 2008 Chanting “We won’t back down” and “no justice, no peace”, unclassified OPSEU members and their supporters took to the streets of Toronto today, demanding an end to the abuse and exploitation of contract government employees.
Photos and more...
Sign and fax this letter
December 10, 2008 The Government of Ontario should
stop treating its unclassified employees as second-class citizens. Sign and
fax this letter to Premier McGuinty and Ministers McMeekin and Bartolucci.
Ontario government contract workers to rally against unfair treatment
December 9, 2008 Contract employees working for the
Ontario government will rally this Wednesday to protest inequitable working
conditions and benefits.
"Let it snow"
December 5, 2008 Local 633 members in
North Bay show support for the bargaining teams and participate in BBQ
Table Talk Update
December 5, 2008
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members: Bargaining continues
despite government “threat”.
"Hands off our sick time!"
December 3, 2008 Members of Local 737 (Thunder Bay
Jail) and Local 708 (Thunder Bay Correctional Centre) sent a strong message
to the employer at an information picket outside the jail Nov. 28.
"Fight for your Rights"
December 3, 2008 The Unclassified "Fight For
Your Rights" Day is December 10, 2008. Information flyer for distribution
now available. more…
Message of Support
December 2, 2008 A very special message of support from the future of
OPSEU and the OPS. more…
It’s your contract – know what’s at stake
December 2, 2008 A message to all OPS members
reminding them to get informed about what is happening at the bargaining
"Stop the intimidation of E.C. Drury members"
December 2, 2008 That was the message send loud and clear
by E.C. Drury members and their many supporters to the management of the
Provincial School for the Deaf in Milton.
OAD Recognition Day
December 2, 2008 a province-wide success Reports and
photos from the OAD events across the province.
Table Talk Update
November 28, 2008 The latest bargaining and
mobilizing news for OPS members: “What a great day!” - Thousands participate
in OAD Recognition Day. more...
My wages = Your profits
November 27, 2008
Get the word out to the public that well-paid public service jobs help
November 25 is OAD Recognition Day
November 24, 2008 Show your support for our 16,000
Office Administration (OAD) members by participating in OAD Recognition Day,
November 25. Download flyer. more...
Table Talk Update
November 21, 2008The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS
Premier and top Cabinet minister get earful about OPS bargaining
November 19, 2008 OPSEU Regional Vice Presidents Doris
Middleton (Region 3) and Gino Franche (Region 4) got an opportunity to speak
frankly about OPS bargaining with leading members of the McGuinty Cabinet.
Over 700 activists attend OPS Divisionals
November 18, 2008 We want a fair contract, Thomas says.
Includes photos from event. more...
November 12, 2008 Thanks to member support over
the past week, the Corrections Team finally has a formal opening
position from the employer.
OPSEU calls Ontario government's contract offer "slap in the face"
November 7, 2008 The president of the union
representing 42,000 direct employees of the Ontario government calls the
employer’s opening offer for a new contract a "slap in the face."
Notice of News Conference
November 6, 2008 OPSEU President Warren
(Smokey) Thomas and Ontario Public Service Bargaining Team chairs Eric
Morin and David Kerr will hold a media conference to discuss the Ontario
government’s opening position for the new public service collective
Bargaining kick-off a huge success!
November 6, 2008 OPS members across the
province showed support for their bargaining teams with events held
Nov. 4. Read all about the events and see the photos.
Teams exchange opening positions with employer
November 5, 2008 On Nov. 4, 2008, the OPS Bargaining
Teams respectively met with the employer to exchange opening positions for
the 2008 round of bargaining. For details on these proposals, please click
on the links below.
November 4, 2008 Contract talks
between the provincial government and 42,000 OPSEU members officially began
today In Toronto. more…
Contract talks begin tomorrow for 42,000 public service workers;
members support bargaining teams with events across province
November 3, 2008 News Release Contract talks
between the Ontario government and their 42,000 direct employees
begin tomorrow as OPSEU members across the province hold events in
19 cities to support their bargaining teams.
November 4 kick-off events mark start of OPS bargaining!
October 31, 2008 After months of preparations, OPS
bargaining teams will meet with the employer for the first time on
Tuesday, Nov. 4 to start talks for the new OPS collective agreement.
Members across Ontario are urged to show their support for our
bargaining teams at events around the province.
OPS Bargaining Kick-Off Events
Ontario Public Service bargaining
kicks-off Nov. 4. For a list of kick-off events in Ontario,
Frequently Asked Questions on bargaining
October 31, 2008 Answers to frequently asked
questions about OPS bargaining – proposals, timeframes and support for
the teams. more…
October 31, 2008 OPSEU announces start of public service contract talks with
Nov. 3 event more...
OPS Bargaining trillium t-shirts
Show your support for your OPS bargaining teams by wearing
this newly-available t-shirt.
Bargaining Poll ready to begin
October 3, 2008 OPSEU will be conducting a phone poll
on bargaining for randomly-selected OPS members starting October 4 and 5,
Unclassified Day of Action
September 30, 2008 Unclassified and seasonal
unclassified workers rally in Belleville for parity with classified
Table Talk Update
September 18, 2008 Bargaining News Bargaining teams finish training,
get down to work; Priorities to remain under wraps; Your bargaining teams.
Your OPS Bargaining Teams
October 31, 2008
OPS Bargaining Teams Elected
June 23, 2008 The two-step OPS election
process wrapped up June 21, when delegates to the Central Bargaining Conference
elected team members to represent unclassified workers and those in the
Administration, Institutional and Health Care, Office Administration, and
Operational and Maintenance/Technical classification groups. more...
featuring Eric Morin, CERC chair, talking about the upcoming
round of bargaining.