April 30, 2001
Introducing your 2001 team!
The ballots have been cast, and your 2001 OPS bargaining team is
now preparing to do battle with the Mike Harris government.
On April 21, seven OPSEU Regional delegates were elected to the
OPS Central bargaining team. On Saturday, April 28, six category
representatives were elected to complete the 13-member team.
The results are:
Administrative Category: Michel Chaumont, L. 623
Corrections Category: Mark Kotanen, L. 128
Institutional and Health Care Category: James Roland, L.
Office Administration Category: Sandra Noad, L. 101
Technical/Operational and Maintenance Category: Peter
Wall, L. 638
Unclassified Workers: Darwin Lacelle, L. 447
These six members now join the delegates elected at last week’s
Regional Bargaining Conferences. They are:
Region 1: Steve Nield, Local 123
Region 2: Marg Simmons, L. 263
Region 3: Laurie Chapman, L. 323
Region 4: Jeff Bendig, Local 434
Region 5: Teri Breau-Auzins, L. 506
Region 6: Serge Valcourt, Local 634
Region 7: Joseph Catroppa, Local 736
The 13 members of the Central Team then cast ballots to elect
their Chair and Vice-Chair. The results are:
Chair: Marg Simmons, L. 263
Vice Chair: Mark Kotanen, L. 128
Communication is the key to power
President Leah Casselman welcomed delegates to the April 28
conference by congratulating them for jumping all of the election
hurdles to get to the meeting “You are one in a thousand,”
President Casselman said. “There are about 45,000 members in the
OPS, and there are 49 of you here today, so you might say that each
of you represents roughly a thousand people. That’s a mathematical
calculation only. When we leave here today, every one of us will be
part of a single team that represents all 45,000 people.”
Andy Todd, Chief Negotiator, Joyce Hansen, Researcher and Jan
Borowy, Campaigns Officer, gave presentations to the delegates on
critical information relevant to the upcoming round of bargaining.
Delegates also reviewed the results of the brainstorming sessions
held at last week’s conferences, and confirmed that communication
is critical to achieving the best contract possible. The emphasis
for this round is dialogue - between the bargaining team, the
mobilizers and the membership. Importance was also placed on
establishing a feedback loop to ensure information is flowing in all
The bargaining workbook, “Getting an ‘A’ Contract,” will
be available to all local stewards at OPSEU’s regional offices by
Wed., May 2.
President Casselman told the delegates that she expects great
things from this round of bargaining.
“When someone asks you, ‘What did you do when Mike Harris was
Premier?’ you will not have to cough, or blush, or say, ‘in
those days, I hid under my desk.’ No, brothers and sisters, you
will be able to say, “I was part of the team that led 45,000
workers to kick Mike Harris’s ass.”
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Bargaining 2001: Index
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