Ministry of the Attorney General
Court Reporters GSB Update
November 17, 2009 The parties returned to the GSB
on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 in front of Vice-Chair Abramsky to
continue our discussions regarding court reporting. The employer
continues to delay the proceedings by addressing preliminary matters.
OPSEU is eager to discuss the merits of the case and looks forward to
having that opportunity.
Working for fairness for Court Reporters!
November 3, 2009 OPSEU continues to fight to keep
production of transcript work within the bargaining unit. Please ignore the
latest communication from the employer.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath rises in support of Court Reporters
June 10, 2009 Andrea Horwath, MPP for Hamilton Centre
and Leader of Ontario’s NDP, addresses the government during Question Period
June 1, 2009, regarding Ontario’s court reporters.
Court Reports Issues return to GSB
June 4, 2009 OPSEU returned to the Grievance Settlement
Board on June 1, 2009 to begin arguments, but the employer was not prepared
to engage in the hearing. more…
The integrity of the record is at risk.
The Ministry of the Attorney General wants to make big
changes to how court transcripts are produced. It disclosed a new model for
court reporting to the union on Oct. 17, 2008. The model includes the
Court reporters believe these changes do not serve the
administration of justice in Ontario. They believe the accuracy, quality and
integrity of the record will be seriously compromised.
For more information, go to
Court Reporters Campaign ramping up
May 26, 2009 It’s about the integrity of the record.
OPSEU is fighting to maintain the function of transcript production for court
January 19, 2009 CLA president Frank Addario writes
Attorney General Chris Bentley, Jan. 7, to outline the association's
concerns with the ministry's plans for court reporting
Toronto Star article on court reporting
January 21, 2009 The Toronto Star's legal affairs
reporter reported Jan. 17 on the possible consequences of taking away
transcript production from skilled in-court court reporters and giving it to
regional typing pools
Day of Action
December 15, 2008 Day of Action: Court
reporters are asked to show their concern for the integrity of the record on
December 16. more...
Notice to judges
December 15, 2008 Notice to judges about the
Ministry's plans for court reporting.
Letter to the Attorney General from non-court reporters
December 15, 2008 Suggested letter to Attorney
General Chris Bentley from citizens who are concerned with the
changes to court reporting.
Does the integrity of the record matter to you?
December 1, 2008 Flyer aimed at informing lawyers
about the Ministry of Attorney General's proposed changes to court reporting
Lawyers asked to consider signing and faxing the attached
letter to Attorney General Chris Bentley.
Letter to the Attorney General from court reporters
Court reporters tell the Attorney General that his model for
court reporting "is a truly shameful plan that does not serve the
administration of justice in this province."
Letter to the Attorney General from OPSEU's President
Nov. 13, 2008 President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
writes to Attorney General Chris Bentley to inform him of the union's strong
opposition to the Ministry's plans for court reporters.
Court Reporters Negotiations with MAG hit brick wall; union walks away from
November 10, 2008 More than two years after Vice-chair Randi Abramsky
of the Grievance Settlement Board handed down her decision that “the
preparation and certification of transcripts was bargaining unit work of the
court reporters,” the employer finally disclosed its planned model to the
union’s court reporting team on Oct. 17, 2008.
Court Reporting Review soon to be revealed
October 21, 2008 OPSEU’s Court Reporter Committee met with representatives
from the Ministry of the Attorney General Court Reporting Review Project on
Friday October 17, 2008.
Abramsky Grievance Award – Court Transcript Production
May 26, 2008 Update for Court Reporters and Court
Monitors OPSEU and The Ministry of the Attorney General are
currently in discussions about court reporting and
transcript production. We will provide further information as soon
as we are able."
May 7, 2007
Letter to all Court Reporters & Court Monitors – OPSEU survey and
negotiations on implementation of the Abramsky grievance award. (Mailed
May 7, 2007)
May 7, 20077
Survey for all Court Reporters & Court Monitors on implementation of the
Abramsky grievance award. (Mailed May 7, 2007)
August 3, 2006 Frontlines – Grievance award “huge victory” for
July 27, 2006
Abramsky grievance arbitration award re: Hunt et al. – Court transcript
preparation and certification as bargaining unit work.
Appendix 25/Appendix 32 -
Workplace Revitalization Project (Flexible Part-Time Conversion)
May 7, 2007 OPSEU
survey for court reporters in the Ministry of the Attorney General on
implementation of the Abramsky grievance award.