Have you been paid enough?
March 17, 2010
In a March 11th decision Grievance Settlement Board (GSB)
Vice-Chair Randi Abramsky has requested that all court reporters who
provided transcription work since July 2003 submit a claim for all of
the hours that you’ve worked and not been paid appropriately. As a
result of this claim, the Ministry of the Attorney General may actually
owe you money.
In 2006, Abramsky issued a decision that said the
production of transcripts was bargaining unit work. Therefore, the
provisions of the OPS collective agreement applies to that work, such as
overtime, fair wage rates, pension entitlement, and benefits.
OPSEU has 45 days to collect this information to submit
to the GSB. In order to make a claim at the GSB, we need information on
the work you provided from July 2003 onward. For example: Did you work
overtime? Did you work on weekends or holidays? If you were unclassified
in 2003, did you work enough extra hours to be converted to classified
status? We will need this information on a yearly basis since a number
of different collective agreements have applied during this period of
Please fill out the attached Court Reporters’ Contact
Form and we will have someone contact you within the next three weeks to
gather further details of your transcript work history. Please click on
the link for the form below, print out the form, and fax to (416)
448-7429. You only have until April 16, 2010 to submit your form to be
included in our demands for retroactive pay.
If you still have contact with Court Reporters who are
no longer employed in the OPS (e.g. retired, terminated) and you know
that they were employed from July 2003 to present, please ask them to
collect this information on their work and fill out the form as well.
If you have any questions, please call OPSEU Head Office
and leave a message at 1-866-433-4633 or (416) 443-8888 ext. 7424. We
also have a dedicated email address,
to download the Court Reporters’ Contact Form