Archives for 2016

Reminder-General Membership Meeting-November 23/16

Just a reminder of the OPSEU Local 101 General Membership meeting this Wednesday November 23, 2016.

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November 23, 2016 General Membership Meeting



 When: Wednesday November 23, 2016. Doors will be opened at 5:00pm, dinner will be served at 5:00pm and the meeting will commence promptly at 5:30pm

Where: Knights of Columbus- 2401 Columbus Drive, Windsor, Ontario N9E 1R8

**At the end of the meeting their will be a draw for  *20* $50.00 gift cards. Ballots will be filled out at the doors when signing in. Winners must be present to claim their gift card**


Meeting Agenda:

  • Election of delegates and alternates for the following:

  • Region 1 Election (March 18, 2017)-> 4 delegates + President and 5 alternates

  • Convention(April 6- 9 2017) in Toronto-> 4 delegates+ President and 5 alternates

  • BPS Conference (June 23-25 2017) in Toronto-> 3 delegates + President and 4 alternates

  • Proposed Budget for 2017

  • Raffle-Twenty $50.00 Gift Cards

Negotiations Updates

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare



HDGH and OPSEU Local 101 went to arbitration on June 8/16  and both parties made their submissions to the Arbitration Board.

The Arbitration Board consists of Arbitrator Stephen Raymond, Union Nominee, Larry Robbins and the Employer Nominee, Patricia Balfour. 

The Arbitration Board met on September 28/16.  We will now await Arbitrator Stephen Raymond’s binding decision.  Once he makes his decision, it will be reviewed by the Nominees in order for them to submit their comments before the decision is released publicly.

Windsor Regional Hospital

Both campuses

On October 4&5/16 The OPSEU Local 101 (WRH) negotiating team met with OPSEU Research officer Marc Casey. 

These two days were used to begin to prepare the Union’s brief for the pending arbitration on November 21st.  

This negotiating team worked very hard on your behalf.  Thanks to Michele Buchanan, Richard Baillargeon, Frank Foote, Celia Bell, Susan Bohnert-Hamelin, Joe McQueen, Nicole MacKinnon and our Negotiator Marisa Forsyth.

Gift Card Pick Up and Locations




OPSEU Local 101 President Gary Van Nest will be distributing the gift cards at the following Locations and Times;



Monday September 12

Regional Children’s Centre 1 to 2 PM

WRH Met Cafeteria 4 to 5 PM


Tuesday September 13

12 to 12:50 PM HDGH Cafeteria

4 to 6 PM Opseu Regional Office


Wednesday September 14

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM WRH Ouellette Cafeteria

Please bring your ID badges and your number on the list.

OPSEU Local 101-2016 Labour Day Gift Card Winners

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Happy Labour Day from OPSEU Local 101!

Please find below the 101 Winners of OPSEU Local 101’s Annual Labour Day Gift Card Draw*

1) Nancy O’Brien
2) Donna Pillutti
3) Stephanie Evon
4) Shannon Duncan
5) Maria DiSilva
6) Mona Zein-Elabidine
7) Sherry Metivier
8) Kevin Owsher
9) Ann Dudock
10) Victorina Exaltacion
11) Jackie Banks
12) Cindy Africh
13) Judith Akmund
14) Dan Balcolmb
15) Nicole Biloski
16) Jennifer Nugent
17) Joanne Pignanelli
18) Mellissa Murracis
19) Karen DiDominico
20) Sharon Timpson
21) Lisa Quan
22) Navjot Grewal
23) Annette Lumley
24) Natalie Hamelin
25) Lisa Smith
26) Epifania Gallardo
27) Mahasan Hamayed
28) Kim Bertrand
29) Daniel Chibani
30) Leslie Price
31) Nancy Freson
32) Barbara Eccles
33) Ann Siebald
34) Marcela Sadowy
35) Amber Stachow
36) Anne McLachlan
37) Sonia D’Agostino
38) Michelle Laforet
39) LeeAnn Irwin
40) Caroline Choudhry
41) Melissa Hettrick
42) Erin Murphy
43) Lisa Skaney
44) Christine Sole-Tetreault
45) Kimbrely Donais
46) Krista Skiba
47) Denise Harpe
48) Joyce McMannis
49) Amy Dorion
50) Melissa Barkley
51) Sabrina Lomascolo
52) Lynda Lessard
53) Cathy Guilian
54) Shannon Chesterfield
55) Judy Bergeron
56) Jonathan Leung
57) James Ferguson
58) Kim Zappio
59) Mander Manthuru
60) Wayne McCaw
61) Aleksandra Vujcic
62) Sean Purton
63) Mike Sahinidis
64) LeeAnne Tedesco
65) Brendan Docherty
66) Silvia Jones
67) Shirley Lee
68) Christine Cervi
69) David Deslippe
70) Sharon Aaron
71) Angelo Cavallaro
72) Michael Ristovski
73) Alexander Sobhi
74) Cindy Charlebois
75) Richard Baillargeon
76) Kathy Anstette
77) Jessica Asta
78) Barbara Corrent
79) MaryAnne Lopez
80) Laura McNamara
81) Victor Peltier
82) Tara Lauzon
83) Pauline Ross
84) Sean Brewer
85) Stephanie Slaught
86) Lorraine Dunmore
87) Ivanna Dunn
88) Guy Meseck
89) Karen Williams
90) Tawny Fathers
91) Tina Stafferton
92) Jessica Tulio
93) Jennifer Horne
94) Annita Mitrevski
95) Maryanne Bender
96) Maria Vesco
97) George Pardalis
98) Sara Vujovich
99) Andrea Sabine
100) Marion Burke
101) Meghan Scanlon


OPSEU Local 101 President Gary Van Nest will be distributing the gift cards at the following Locations and Times;

Tuesday September 6, 2016: OPSEU Regional Office 3:00PM to 5:00 PM

                    Wednesday September 7, 2016: HDGH Cafeteria- 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

                                                                               WRH Ouellette Cafeteria: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

                                                                               WRH Met Cafeteria: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Additional times and locations for pickup of the gift cards will be announced shortly for the week of September 12th.

Please bring your ID Badge as well as your number on the above list. 

*Gift cards that are not claimed by November 1st will be forfeited back to OPSEU Local 101. 

We wish everyone a safe and Happy Labour Day.

In solidarity from OPSEU Local 101. 

OPSEU Region 1 Educational October 15 & 16


There will be an OPSEU Region 1 Weekend Educational which will be held on October 15 &16 in London.

All OPSEU Local 101 members are eligible to apply.

For details and course descriptions, please click here.

Apply To Attend the 2016 OPSEU Human Rights Conference

Human Rights

Event Date

Friday, November 18, 2016 – 7:00pm to Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 12:00pm

OPSEU’s Equity Committees and Caucuses invite you to submit your application to attend the 2016 OPSEU Human Rights Conference: “New Realities, Different Directions.” We look forward to meeting you!

This event can accommodate approximately 115 members who will be selected to participate in the conference by the Human Rights Conference Planning Committee. The selection process will endeavour to invite a diverse group of attendees, representative of the many groups within our membership and their distribution among our regions. We are aiming for a rich mix of backgrounds and points of view among the participants.

The conference will focus on the impact of current immigration laws within the labour movement. The topics explored will include, but are not limited to, discussions on key human rights issues such as islamophobia and the criminalization and exploitation of racialized communities. In addition, participants will also be asked to think critically about current misconceptions surrounding migrant workers, immigrants and refugees. The overall goal will be for participants to go home with ideas for immediate action in their communities.

Do not miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun.  Please submit your completed application by e-mail to or fax to the Equity Unit no later than midnight, September 5, 2016. Please note that we will be using an anonymous selection process and will be applying the criteria as set out on pages 5 – 7 of this application. Confirmation will be issued to the selected participants in September. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download the Call package: Human Rights Conference Call Package.pdf

OPSEU Local 101 2016 Donation Recipients

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OPSEU Local 101 Donation Committee Members, L-R, Ivana Dunn, Mander Matharu and Jen Burton-Liang

The Donation Committee has worked very diligently reviewing and researching requests from local charitable organizations.

As a result of their meticulous work, they have selected the following organizations

We thank the Donations Committee for volunteering their time in selecting these organizations.

Cheques were presented to the various representatives of these organizations.

We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to these charitable organizations for their work in enriching the lives of many of our residents in the Windsor and Essex County area.

Below are pictures of the presentations to the various charitable organizations.

Alzheimer's Society

Pictured L-R, Todd Dutot, 3rd Vice President, OPSEU Local 101, Sarah Overton, Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor and Essex County and Jen Burton-Liang, OPSEU 101 Donation Committee Member

Autism Services Inc

Pictured L-R, Todd Dutot, 3rd Vice President, OPSEU Local 101, Christine Loebach, Autism Services Inc. and Jen Burton-Liang, OPSEU 101 Donation Committee Member

Downtown Mission

Pictured L-R, Todd Dutot, 3rd Vice President, OPSEU Local 101, Jim Douglas, Downtown Mission and Jen Burton-Liang, OPSEU 101 Donation Committee Member


Pictured L-R, Todd Dutot, 3rd Vice President, OPSEU Local 101, Bruce Tait, Windsor Goodfellows and Jen Burton-Liang, OPSEU 101 Donation Committee Member

Street Help

Pictured L-R, Todd Dutot, 3rd Vice President, OPSEU Local 101, Christine Wilson-Furlonger and Barry Furlonger, Street Help and Jen Burton-Liang, OPSEU 101 Donation Committee Member

United Way

L-R, Maureen Curtis United Way accepts a cheque from 2nd Vice President and OPSEU Local 101 Donations Committee Member, Mander Matharu

Windsor Workers Education Centre

L-R, Jen Burton-Liang, OPSEU Local 101 Donation Committte Member, presents a cheque to Salem Berhane of the Windsor Worker’s Education Centre

OPSEU Staff Need Your Support

Please click link below to read letter from OPSEU Staff who are members of OPSSU (Ontario Public Service Staff Union). These staff are Union members who work on behalf of OPSEU. 


Letter from OPSSU(Ontario Public Service Staff Union)


2016 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Recipients

OPSEU Local 101 would like to say  thank-you to all the 19 students  who applied for the 2016 OPSEU 101 Scholarship.

There was great effort and consideration put into every application and essay.

Of the 17 applicants, only 15 could be selected.

To the Applicants who did not receive a scholarship, you are eligible to apply again next year.

Once again thank you for all of your hard work and we wish you all the best in your studies.

Thank you to the 2016 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Committee-Kulwinder Flora, Brenda Hunt and Sherry Hill


2016 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Recipients

Alessio Symons
Brielle Byrne
Sydney Owchar
Lauren Ware
Mitchell Corrent
Natalie Suzor
Natalie Turko
James Grossett
Matthew Dale
Sabrina Belliveau
Jonathan Andary
Rachel Parker
Rio Simons
Alicia Powell
Caitlin Bell