Wear blue on Wednesday, April 30
April 25, 2014
All OPS members are asked to wear blue on Wednesday, April 30, to show their solidarity with AMAPCEO, said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and Roxanne Barnes, Chair, Central Enforcement and Renewal Committee, in an email to OPS members earlier today. AMAPCEO’s fight is our fight. The deep cuts that the government wants from AMAPCEO, including cuts to benefits, could come to the OPSEU bargaining table in November.
Solidarity Rally to Stop the Cuts
April 25, 2014
ALOC, AMAPCEO, OPSEU and PEGO members will come together on April 30 to oppose the government’s proposed cuts to benefits and other provisions of the AMAPCEO contract.
Wednesday, April 30
Front Lawn, Queen's Park (in front of the Legislature)
Speakers to include:
- Executive Board Member of ALOC
- Gary Gannage, President, AMAPCEO
- Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU
- Ping Wu, President, PEGO
AMAPCEO's fight is our fight. The very same cuts the government is seeking from AMAPCEO could come to the OPSEU bargaining table when we bargain a new collective agreement in November. We ask all OPS members to wear blue next Wednesday to show OPS employees stand united against the employer's attack on us and our families.
Read our Bargaining Outlook for more information about the concessions, including the elimination of all current paramedical coverage, to be replaced with a $600 Health Care Spending Account.
Bargaining Outlook 2014
Read about the trends on OPS wages and jobs, as well as what concessions AMAPCEO faces at the bargaining table.
Public service leaders sign a solidarity pact
The bargaining agents representing the majority of Ontario government employees have joined forces to defend against employer contract concessions and protect public services
Joint OPSEU-AMAPCEO flyer to be distributed at OPS work locations
This message was e-mailed April 15 to all OPS LEC members:
Dear OPS LEC members,
As you're aware, AMAPCEO is the first bargaining unit this year in the OPS to bear the brunt of proposed cuts by the Ontario government. Ultimately, their fight is our fight. Our union has pledged our solidarity and support to the Association during this tough period. Click here to see my April 1 memo.
AMAPCEO members will be distributing a joint flyer from our two organizations tomorrow at OPS work locations. Please try to get out and help with the leafleting, if you can.
As well, there will be a media conference at Queen's Park at 12:45 tomorrow of the bargaining agents representing the majority of OPS employees. We will release details of a Solidarity Pact to protect public services and public service jobs.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Chair, Central Enforcement and Renewal Committee
Economic, Political and Bargaining Environment
The OPS has borne the brunt of more than 20 years of cost-cutting. Read more about the history, politics, and the current bargaining climate we face. Download .pdf
Next step: Your Local Demand Set Meeting
Message to OPS members: thousands of members took the opportunity to have their say about their next collective agreement. The next step in this process happens at your local’s demand-setting meeting. Download letter
OPSEU stands in solidarity with AMAPCEO
AMAPCEO members have strongly rejected concession demands being pressed on them by the Employer. Download PDF
Bargaining Survey: Have your say
OPS Bargaining Survey now online!
Please click here to begin your OPS Bargaining Demand Survey. Deadline for completion is March 31, 2014.
Letter to OPS members: Demand-setting is launched
Our contract expires in December. We have a lot to do between now and then to get ready. The first step is local demand-setting. 2014-03-ops-members-baragaining-letter.pdf
Letter to OPS Presidents: Demand-setting to begin
The events of the past few weeks have made it clear this will be a challenging round of bargaining. 2014-03-ops-bargaining-letter.pdf
Local demand-setting meeting poster
Download this editable PDF and fill in the date, time, and location of your demand-setting meeting.