Town halls to be held this Wednesday, October 10 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Join the telephone town hall to learn more about the tentative agreement
Your OPSEU bargaining team will be holding telephone town hall meetings this Wednesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At these meetings, bargaining team members will walk through the tentative agreement. For all members who have questions about the changes in the tentative agreement, there will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the overall deal or any specific provisions.
Your bargaining team is unanimously recommending that members vote “Yes” to the tentative agreement. A copy of the full Memorandum of Settlement, including all changes proposed to the collective agreement, is available on the website at http://www.opseu.org/mpac/mpacMOS2018.htm.
Instructions for joining the call
The telephone town halls will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 10.
Just before 10 a.m., and again at 2 p.m., we will phone all members at the phone number we have in our database. There will be meeting rooms booked at some MPAC work locations for groups of staff to participate on the call, and a list of these rooms is available at http://www.opseu.org/mpac/teletownhall2018.htm. You can also call in from your own phone by calling 1-877-229-8493 at 10 a.m or at 2 p.m. You will need to enter the access code 112847.
During the call, you can choose to listen only, or you can follow the instructions on the call to ask any questions you might have.
Ratification vote to be held Thursday, October 11 – voting
Details on the ratification vote locations are now available in the events section of the MPAC bargaining page at http://www.opseu.org/mpac/votelocations2018.htm. In order to allow full participation and accessibility, the vote will be conducted on the employer’s premises (except Kitchener) and will occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. All members are entitled to vote, including contract workers and students. Those who work from home are encouraged to come into the office to vote. Please check the OPSEU website vote location link for the specific voting times for your local.
Tentative deal includes wage increases and no concessions
The four-year agreement provides annual wage increases of 1.9 per cent in each of the first three years and 1.75 per cent in the final year. All members will get $750 for health and wellness. It also includes a one-time payment for full-time members to help offset the costs of affiliate and candidacy fees.
“This is a good deal for MPAC members, and it’s also going to help all of the other OPSEU members going to the table under the Ford government,” said OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida. “It’s a clear sign to the Premier that employers understand that the work our 155,000 members do is vital to communities across the province, and they deserve to be paid fairly.”
Bargaining team contact information
We have included the bargaining team members email addresses and assigned a member to each office. Please see below for your office’s bargaining team contact.
David Lynch – Chair
Gravenhurst, Owen Sound, Barrie, London, Hamilton,
Mississauga, and Toronto
Mark Hotte – Vice Chair
Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Trenton, and Ottawa
Timmins, Sarnia, Windsor and Kitchener
Pickering, Richmond Hill, Peterborough, Durham and Milner
North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Pembroke
Authorized for distribution by:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
President of OPSEU