Archives for August 2014

OPSEU101Labour Day Gift Card Winners

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Congratulations to the Winners of our inaugural Labour Day Gift Card Draw.

We will be distributing the Gift Cards at the Negotiating Team Elections meetings.

For time and date(s), please click here

Happy Labour Day. In Solidarity.

2014 Labour Day Gift Card Draw 101 Winners of OPSEU Local 101*

1.Christina Drew

2.Laurie Masse

3.Katherine Renaud

4.Brenden Docherty

5.Donald Tazzman

6.Dana Byrne

7.Arij Elmi

8.Shannon Hutton

9.Rachel Sablone

10.Michelle Hatton

11.Pamela Findlater

12.Charmaine Rivard

13.Evelyn Kivisto

14.Staci Colini

15.Amanda Chisholm

16.Lisa Ruthven

17.Karl Peterson

18.Chantell Laframboise

19.Dijana Panzalovic

20.Sean Brewer

21.Crystal Schryer

22.Celia Bell

23.Joanne Giovanatti

24.Jennie Riggi

25.Rebecca Ball

26.Mary Udzbinac

27.Mander Manthuru

28.Erin Freker

29.Karin Sereres

30.Cheryl Singer

31.Shirley Lee

32.Shari Fellon

33.Tania Babister

34.Kim Gebrail

35.Kimberly Nantau

36.Joy Dunn

37.Lisa Galbraith

38.Jennifer Brzozowski

39.Cara Andary

40.Megan Jane Mackay-Barr

41.Aleksander Stavridis

42.Cathy Paquette

43.Gale Brydon

44.Bethany King

45.Nancy Friesen

46.Aleksandra Franczak

47.Carla Milevski

48.Veronika Dotterman

49.Sue Zahaluk

50.Ruth Whalen

51.Jenna Renwick

52.Jessica Fortier

53.Dominique Hart

54.Stephanie Slaught

55.Brittany Martin

56.Morena Gjecovik

57.Jacqueline Parent

58.Doreen C Logan

59.Gayle Willson

60.Erin Dawe

61.Emily Rumbles

62.Joy Halls

63.Kelly Wright

64.Jennifer Wright

65.Jennifer Cipkar

66.Jessica Austin

67.Marilena Pizzo

68.Chanteal Khoury

69.Kristy Jay

70.Anthony Paton

71.Kate Fairbairn

72.Marcella Sadowi

73.Tina Griffin

74.Jane Baldwin

75.Andrea Stocker

76.Maria DiSilva

77.Jennifer Lynch

78.Joanne Adamo

79.Jennifer Burton- Liang

80.Lisa Stewart

81.Marianne Simic

82.Ashley Corra

83.Judy Van Nest

84.Lana McDonald

85.Danielle Sassine

86.Lauren Merritt

87.Frank Szekely

88.Mary Ann Bender

89.Roseanne Lambier

90.Dan Broderick

91.Jayme Zukiwsky

92.Chrisitina Clifford

93.Claudette Bryan

94.Stephanie Armata

95.Laura Armstrong

96.Joanne Pignanelli

97.Donna Keegan

98.Sonja Serafimovski

99.Christine Gossenn

100.George Pardalis

101.Joanne Gamble

*Gift Cards that are not claimed by November 1, 2014 will be forfeited back to OPSEU Local 101

Labour Day Message from OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

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A Labour Day commitment to union and community

Publication Date:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 10:00am

Fire up the barbeque, Labour Day has arrived. Celebrated across the country, the first Monday in September is often thought of as the last one before kids go back to school and the long, hot days of summer turn to autumn.

Labour Day is more than just the unofficial end to summer. The holiday was created to recognize the contribution that working people have made to the Canadian way of life. The union movement built a large part of society, both in terms of the way people get paid and in terms of people’s rights. This includes the right to fair wages, safe working conditions and compensation for injury, and equitable labour relations.

Lots of people lost their lives to establish the right to refuse unsafe work and the right to be treated fairly, without discrimination. That is why working people have reason to be proud.

So why do people still join unions in 2014?  The reasons aren’t much different than they were back in the late 1800s. People join because they want to ensure their health and safety is protected at work. They want to be treated fairly. That is exactly what unions have delivered. Unions mean better pay, less accidents at work, higher productivity and a healthier economy.

This is why the right wing, last seen in Ontario politics under Tim Hudak, is only too willing to confiscate those rights. Even the Liberals, while appearing to be kinder and gentler, have plans that will weaken public sector workers and services. Privatization and outsourcing are their weapons of choice!

Thanks to push back by thousands of OPSEU members the Hudak threat was beaten back – at least for the moment. Should it rear its head again, these OPSEU members and their community friends will fight to preserve public services from the OPS to the smallest community agency.

We must stand for principles. We are empowered by a record of success. The reason Labour Day is celebrated is one example. It started with the Toronto Typographical Union and the “Nine-Hour Movement.”  Take a moment to read about their strike and the changes in labour law that it triggered on March 25, 1872. The celebration of Labour Day was officially recognized on July 23, 1894 by the federal government, under Prime Minister John Thompson.

But that was then and this is now. OPSEU members will build on the past. And make no mistake, there are many challenges ahead. Let’s look at just a few.

Today in Ontario we face a council created by the Wynne government prior to the election and chaired by a retired banker named Ed Clarke. His mandate, in part, was set out in government media release:

“Recommend ways to improve the efficiency and optimize the full value of Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The Council will examine how to get the most out of key government assets to generate better returns and revenues for Ontarians. They will consider various options to generate better returns and revenues to maximize the value of these government business enterprises to the province, including such measures as efficient governance, growth strategies, corporate reorganization, mergers, acquisitions, public-private partnerships, etc.”

Fancy words aside, this sounds like trouble. OPSEU will respond with simple but concrete ideas. From IT outsourcing to the privatization of the LCBO, OPSEU members stand for public services not private sector profit.

Today, at bargaining tables, we face employers who want to roll back or freeze rights and benefits. Instead of agreeing, OPSEU members will fight for improvements. The OPS is one place where wage improvements have lagged behind the private sector. As we head into bargaining, this can change.

Community agencies and services are other examples of public sector work that too many OPSEU members provide at Walmart-style wage levels. OPSEU will stand with its members for better wages and benefits in these sectors. Government promises for personal service workers (PSWs) and others must expand to cover more workers and provide wider benefits.

We know that workplace struggles are not restricted to the workplace. They must embrace the communities in which we live, work and play. In many cases the government itself has to be held responsible for the cuts and caps that seem to be such a part of their deficit reduction strategy.

This is the time to educate, agitate and organize. Our kind of action is based on these very principles.

As we look back at the history of Labour Day let us reinforce the role of the worker, both from the past and looking to the future.

“OPSEU – Forward Together” was the slogan we adopted to help guide our journey. Today we remain “Ontario’s Union for Changing Times.”  And, again, together — our members, our elected leaders and our staff – stand united to help forge a better tomorrow for all.

Have a great Labour Day 2014 with your friends, family and community. Feel pride in the past while staying active and energized for the challenges ahead.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas
President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union

OPSEU Local 101 Update

Update

We hope everyone is having a good summer. We would like to take this time to provide an update on our recent meetings with Windsor Regional Hospital with regards to aligning wage grids based on classifications.
The team met with the Employer and tabled our proposal for all affected classifications.
The Employer has requested time to cost out the proposal and is hopeful to have this process completed by September. There will be an election of a Negotiating Team (see below) to help move this process along further.

Negotiating Team Election Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare (Tayfour Campus)
There will be an Election for the Negotiating Team for Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare OPSEU 101 Members on September 9, 2014 at 7 PM. There will be 4 team members elected (in addition to the President)
The meeting will be held at the Columbus Center of South Windsor, 2401 Columbus Drive, Windsor ON  (See map below) If not able to attend, you must submit your intention to run in writing and you will also require a nominator.

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Negotiating Team Election Windsor Regional Hospital (Met and Ouellette Campuses)
There will be an Election for the Negotiating Team for Windsor Regional Hospital OPSEU 101 Members on September 10, 2014 at 7 PM. There will be 7 team members elected.
The meeting will be held at the Columbus Center of South Windsor, 2401 Columbus Drive, Windsor ON (See map below) If not able to attend, you must submit your intention to run in writing and you will also require a nominator.


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