Happy Labour Day message from our Local President

HAPPY LABOUR DAY TO EVERYONE!

Hope this day finds you all healthy, happy and enjoying, even a small moment of time to reflect on the huge contribution to the workplace, that is, our OPSEU Local 101 and its members. You are the foundation that keeps things running, no matter what. Your dedication and hard work have proven that, without a doubt. We must continue to stand together and support each other. We are stronger when we are joined and we are resilient when we aid each other in our efforts to stand united. Labour Day and every day, is a time to recognize those efforts.

In acknowledgement of that, the annual OPSEU 101 Labour Day Gift Card Draw has been completed. The winners will be posted on the website and emailed to the General Membership early next week with dates and times and locations for the winners to pick up their $50 Gift Card. Congratulations to everyone who won in the random draw.

Today, take the time to reflect on family, friends and colleagues and know that you are appreciated for your efforts on all fronts.  Although this Labour Day may find many of us working, may you all have a safe and memorable day.

In Solidarity,

Susan Bohnert Hamelin, OPSEU President Local 101

Labour Day 2022: it’s all about solidarity!

(reposted from www.opseu.org)

Public Holidays in Canada- Labour Day is an official holiday

Monday, September 5 is Labour Day, and OPSEU/SEFPO members will be taking part in events in our communities with friends, fellow workers and our labour and community allies to recognise the strength of solidarity and celebrate the labour movement and working people.

It’s especially important this Labour Day for all our members and the wider labour movement to stand alongside OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 safety inspectors. They have been on strike for more than six weeks fighting for a fair deal from their employer, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).

Safety inspectors do essential work to keep our communities safe and we stand with them in their fight for respect and a fair deal.

Their employer has prioritized union-busting over public safety. Since safety is a provincial responsibility, we need you to send a message to Premier Doug Ford to intervene and get TSSA back to the table.

Join the Solidarity for Safety mass actions this Labour Day (organized in conjunction with our labour allies):

  • Print and sign the Ontario Federation of Labour petition (to be read in the Ontario Legislature by MPP Jamie West). Contact OPSEUCommunications@opseu.org for info on how to return signed petitions.
  • Join the TYRLC’s mass text action by texting SAFETY to 55255 and join the call for Ford to put public safety first!

You can also Take Action online – be sure to share the link with friends, family, co-workers, and your communities.

Click here for a full list of Labour Day events in Ontario – and across Canada – provided by the Canadian Labour Congress.

Have a safe and happy Labour Day Weekend!

In solidarity,

JP Hornick, President
Laurie Nancekivell, First Vice-President/Treasurer

Demand Set Meetings – Save the date!

Attention all OPSEU Local 101 members!

Please save the date for your Demand Set Meeting:

WRH DEMAND SET MEETING- Tuesday Sept 27th

HDGH DEMAND SET MEETING- Wednesday Sept 28th

Location and times to be confirmed in future communications. Dinner will be served. 

If you have not done so already, be sure to complete the Demand Set Survey by clicking the link in the above menu bar. 

Hospital Professionals Division central bargaining 2022: Explanation of changes to agreement

As OPSEU local 101 members you may have received a recent email from the OPSEU Hospital Professionals Division and the central bargaining agreement arbitration award.

This agreement was negotiated Centrally so our local will be using it as a comparator for our upcoming bargaining. Even though WRH and HDGH do not bargain Centrally, this is our benchmark entering negotiation.

The Hospital Professionals Division bargaining team has scheduled two virtual information sessions for July 13. Please join them if you are available: 12 to 1 p.m and 7 to 8 p.m.

 

Click here to go to the main OPSEU website for Zoom links and more information on the arbitration award specifics

 

Region 1 BBQ on July 12th!

Your OPSEU Region 1 board is hosting a free BBQ and all local 101 members are welcome to attend!

Where: the OPSEU/SEFPO office, 3005 Marentette Ave, Windsor

When: Tuesday, July 12th from 11am to 2pm

We hope to see many come out and join us for networking and a bite to eat!

 

 

Celebrate Health Professionals Week June 19-25!

Reposted from www.opseu.org

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Every year, in the third week of June, we recognize, celebrate and show our appreciation for the “unstoppable” determination that all our health professionals demonstrate, day-in and day-out.

By marking this very important week and taking the time to come together in solidarity, we hope to have Health Professionals Week legislated soon in Ontario. In the meantime, we must continue to increase awareness of the vast and critical roles you all undertake throughout the entire arc of patient care.

Happy Health Professionals Week!

In solidarity,

Sara Labelle

Chair, OPSEU/SEFPO Hospital Professionals Division

 

Strengthened resolve, unity, and solidarity for Indigenous Peoples in June

OPSEU Indigenous Circle - Cercle des autochtones SEFPO

(Reposted from the main OPSEU website: www.opseu.org)

 

June marks National Indigenous History Month where we recognize the vibrant and rich heritage, culture and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.

During this month we not only spend time acknowledging the immeasurable contributions that Indigenous Peoples have and continue to make to society but it is also a time to listen and learn. It is imperative that we come together to recognize the history of discrimination and disadvantage that Indigenous Peoples have endured.

Most recently, the wider Canadian society has started to come to grips with the pain and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous communities have long discussed for years in relation to residential schools. This tremendous impact is felt by survivors, their families, and the future generations who live and work among us. Therefore, we must never forget.

In recent days we marked the one year anniversary since the discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children that were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúpste te Secwépemc territory. Since then we have witnessed the discovery of additional locations of unmarked graves at residential schools across the country. As might be expected, this has sparked a national conversation that no one can ignore.

In spite of this, we continue to see the growing representation of Indigenous Peoples in distinguished roles within fields, such as, the arts, music, television, film, academia, and science and technology. Most notably, we witnessed the appointment of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, who is the first Indigenous and the 30th Governor General in Canada since July 2021. However, these milestones do not mean that our work is over as we have a duty to continue to fight for equality and acceptance as we continue to decolonize Canada.

The road towards seeking justice and reconciliation will not be easy but the demands are clear. We cannot look away at what makes us uncomfortable nor should we be wilfully blind as that only leads to complacency. As a union we have the collective voice and strength in numbers to mandate the change that must be implemented. We need to continue to hold government and political leaders at all levels to account for the continuous broken promises as we can no longer accept the status quo.

This includes supporting tangible actions to address the systemic discrimination that leads to the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples within the criminal justice and child welfare systems. During the pandemic we have witnessed the exacerbation of inequities that already disproportionately affect Indigenous communities, such as, a lack of clean drinking water, climate change, affordable and adequate housing and access to health care services. These realities are unacceptable and we must take immediate action and steps to correct course.

These important issues have brought to the forefront of what is needed to build the relationship with Indigenous Peoples and how the path towards reconciliation is everyday work that requires us all to change how we think and what we do.

In a year where we will elect new provincial and municipal political leaders we must be unrelenting and unwavering in ensuring that not only are treaty agreements respected but that steps are taken to achieve the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. However, this can only occur by truly embracing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in everything we do.

National Indigenous History Month is a time to reinforce the strength of Indigenous Peoples and their communities, show our support, and commit to fighting against all forms of anti-Indigenous racism so that Canada’s shameful and disgraceful past and present can be acknowledged and addressed. It is only by understanding our past that we can change and create a better future.

This conversation should not start or end in the month of June as it is an ongoing one that will continue until full accountability and reconciliation is achieved for all of our Indigenous colleagues, friends and family members.

In solidarity,

JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Laurie Nancekivell, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer
Krista Maracle, OPSEU/SEFPO Chair, Indigenous Circle

Happy Pride Month!

June is Pride month to the TLGBTIAPQQ2S+ (Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited) community and their allies.

Pride is a reaffirmation that discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression will not be tolerated.

A cornerstone in gay rights social movements, Pride also calls for an end to violence against the TLGBTIAPQQ2S+ community.

It is about preserving one’s dignity and ensuring that access to the same rights and services is fair and just.  In addition, it is a celebration of the diversity of sex, sexuality, attraction, gender and family diversity.

 

For more information on the OPSEU’s Equity group Rainbow Alliance Arc-en-ciel

For local Windsor-Essex Pride month events check out Windsor Pride

Demanding justice and accountability on Red Dress day

It’s Red Dress day, a solemn reminder of Canada’s deep rooted racism and continued mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.

Red Dress day is also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit People (MMIWG2S), marked every May 5. It’s a day to honour and remember the innocent women, girls and two spirit people who have been killed because of ongoing colonial gender-based violence.

For decades, Indigenous communities have witnessed alarmingly high rates of violence against women, girls and two spirit people. The disproportionate statistics of those missing and murdered are shameful. Statistics Canada reports that violence against First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, girls and two spirit people are 12 times higher than that of their non-Indigenous counterparts in Canada.

Gender-based violence continues to be an instrument of colonialism. These ongoing disappearances, violence, murders and unresolved cases is a national human rights crisis and cannot be ignored.

We are still waiting for the federal and provincial governments to act on the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The national inquiry heard from more than 2,380 elders, family members and Indigenous survivors of violence, with thousands more untold stories. The final report with 231 Calls to Justice recommended that action be taken by all levels of government.

It has been three years since the report and there are still no answers or a national action plan to address the violence that Indigenous women, girls and two spirit people continue to be subjected to.

This delay also means that during the pandemic, these troubling numbers keep increasing. We continue to see the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous, Black and racialized people, particularly those who are identify as women and are gender diverse. In addition, those living in remote areas including in the north are more vulnerable to higher rates of violence and abuse. The government cannot stall anymore.  We must end this!

OPSEU/SEFPO honours the thousands of stolen sisters, two spirit and gender diverse persons from Indigenous communities and families. It is our responsibility as labour activists to raise awareness, advocate for change and amplify the calls to action by Indigenous leaders and their communities. We must hold our elected leaders and all levels of governments accountable to implement the full 231 Calls to Justice immediately. Walking the path of truth and reconciliation requires action. Together, we will continue to fight for accountability and demand justice.

In solidarity,

JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Laurie Nancekivell, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer
Krista Maracle, OPSEU/SEFPO Indigenous Circle, Chair

On May Day we march!

May 1, or May Day, is the traditional workers’ holiday, a day that working people celebrate the gains they have won over the years and commit to fighting for a better future for everyone.

It’s time for a $20 minimum wage, decent work, affordable housing, paid sick days, well-funded public services, livable income support for all, climate justice, status for all, and an end to racism and oppression. Workers deserve better – together, let’s make our voices heard!

We must continue to demand the repeal of anti-worker laws like Bill 124, 195 and 106, and build Ontario. Come out and show your support – don’t forget to bring your OPSEU/SEFPO flags and homemade placards as well! There will also be some pre-made placards available for pick-up from OPSEU/SEFPO regional offices.

For our Windsor Region, the Ontario Federation of Labour is hosting a rally.

Charles Clark Square, 215 Chatham St E, Windsor, ON

May 01, 2022   1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Newly-elected OPSEU/SEFPO President JP Hornick will be speaking at noon at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto where OPSEU/SEFPO members will assemble before marching to Queen’s Park.