Jan. 29, 2001
Don’t miss your local
OPSEU members in locals across the
Ontario Public Service are filling out bargaining surveys this month
in preparation for local demand-setting meetings in February. Mark you
calendar! Your local demand-setting meeting is a crucial step on the
road to our next OPS collective agreement.
Under OPSEU bargaining procedures, each
local must hold a demand-setting meeting where members can discuss and
decide what our most important goals will be when bargaining starts
later this year. If you haven’t seen a notice up in your workplace,
contact your steward or local president for details.
Results of the bargaining surveys will
be presented and discussed at the local meetings. If you have not
already filled out a survey, make sure you do - and make sure your
co-workers do, too.
Ask your steward or local president, or
download the “OPS Bargaining Issues Questionnaire” from our web
site at http://www.opseu.org/ops/bargaining/surveyindex.htm.
It still has to be returned to your steward or local president to be
included in the local demand report.
Our OPS collective agreement expires
Dec. 31, 2001. What the next one looks like is up to you.
What has your boss got in mind?
While you’re thinking about your
future in the OPS, so is your boss. And the higher up you go, the
bigger the plans.
In meetings with OPSEU members on your
Central Employee Relations Committee, top OPS managers have made no
bones about the direction they want to go. They want to:
- Continue to merge government
functions. They are creating seven clusters, with coordinated
planning starting 2001-2002. “Super-Ministries” are the
flavour of the day. They are stripping support functions from
individual ministries and putting them into centralized services
within Management Board Secretariat. The Shared Services Bureau,
the Workplace Information Network, and Information and Information
Technology Clusters are examples of this.
- Manage you more aggressively with
more intense attendance monitoring programs and a renewed
commitment to “Performance Management.”
- Destroy classified jobs and exploit
other workers through more use of temporary agencies,
fee-for-service contracts, and “workfare” placements. The
exploitation of unclassified staff is set to continue if the
government has its way.
- Get out of business altogether. We’ve
already seen privatization and downloading slice through the OPS,
with a corresponding loss in service to the public. The Tories
think it’s so successful they want to do more.
You don’t need to look far to see
evidence of these and other initiatives. Look around your own
workplace. Ask you manager: exactly what is the plan? How is it going
to affect workers?
Keep these issues in mind when you are
thinking about your next contract!
For more information on government
plans for the OPS, check our web site at http://www.opseu.org/ops/cerc/cercoct282000.htm.
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Original authorized for distribution by Leah Casselman, president.