OPSEU Virtual Drag Contest – Sept 19th

Rainbow Alliance Arc-en-Ciel

Attention all members: OPSEU/SEFPO’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel is holding its first Virtual Drag Contest! The lucky winners will perform during the live broadcast of OPSEU/SEFPO’s Virtual Pride Event in North Bay, Ontario, on September 19, 2021!


Sunday, September 19th between 7 and 9:30pm

Check out the main OPSEU website for details

Collective Agreement finalized!

The long awaited renewal of the new Collective Agreement has been finalized. You can view these on our Local 101 website by clicking on “Documents” and scrolling down to “Collective Agreements.”

I would like to thank the Bargaining Team for all their hard work and perseverance. The process was a long haul and there were many challenges along the way. The group put forward a tremendous effort to ensure everyone was represented fairly and equitably and maintained their position when they were challenged by the Employer. Much time and effort went into preparing and presenting for the various stages of the bargaining process and the Team can be proud of the outcome.

Thank you all for your efforts and for being patient throughout the process.


In Solidarity,


Region 1 Virtual Gathering – September 11th, 2021

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Region 1’s annual corn roast is Saturday September 11th, 2021.  The event will begin at 1:00 pm.  A Zoom link will be sent out to members. This year there will be a Trivial Pursuit game as well as a Scavenger Hunt.

Members of Region 1 are invited to participate in a Region 1 Cookbook. If you have excellent recipes in mind, please include your name, your Local # and 1 to 3 sentences that describes the importance of your recipe to you.  These can be submitted by August 31st, 2021 to: opseucookbook@gmail.com

Weekend Virtual Educational Course – Sept 25/26, 2021

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Attention all Local 101 members! Please consider registering for this upcoming weekend educational course Saturday September 25 & Sunday September 26. It is entirely online via Zoom. Topics in this educational include:


Stewards 1 (Stewards Orientation)

Stewards 2: Facing the Employer, Building Member Involvement

Advanced Grievance Handling for Union Building

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism (DABR)

Workplace Surveillance: Know Your Rights

Mental Health: Challenging the Stigma in the Workplace


Additional Information and to register

Deadline is September 7, 2021



OPSEU scholarships – apply now!

Are you an OPSEU/SEFPO member in good standing?

Do you have a dependant enrolled at a Canadian university, college or publicly funded, publicly run post-secondary institution in Ontario for the 2021-22 fall/winter term?

There are a variety of scholarships available to dependants of OPSEU/SEFPO members in good standing.


Click here to see a full description, eligibility criteria and a copy of the application forms for each OPSEU/SEFPO scholarship.


The following scholarships are available!

The Fred Upshaw Scholarship

Deadline for applications: July 30, 2021

The Larry Cripps Scholarship Fund

Deadline for applications: July 30, 2021

OPSEU/SEFPO Global Solidarity Scholarship

Deadline for applications: July 30, 2021

The Amy Stiles Scholarship

Deadline for applications: July 30, 2021

The Karen Millar Memorial Scholarship

Deadline for applications: July 30, 2021

Curt Bishop Scholarship Fund 

Deadline for applications: August 4, 2021

HPD Scholarship Fund

Deadline for applications: September 4, 2021

The Carol McGregor Scholarship

Deadline for applications: September 14, 2021

OPSEU Local 101 donates to 3 outstanding local charities!

OPSEU Local 101’s Donations Committee was pleased to select 3 local charities to receive donations for 2021. 


WETRA (Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association)

Launch Pad Recovery Centre

Oneday Dreams

OPSEU Provincial Young Workers Committee Online Conference!

Illustration of a hand holding a cell phone. Provincial Young Workers CommitteeIf you identify as a young worker consider attending the OPSEU Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) online conference on August 14th, 2021.

The 13th Annual Young Workers Conference is titled: “Young Workers in the Post Pandemic World: How to Organize, Mobilize and Strategize using Digital Media”

In recognition of the PYC’s motto, this event will EDUCATE, MOTIVATE and MOBILIZE young workers into action whether it is in their local communities, workplaces or in the labour movement.

Deadline has been extended to July 16th so don’t delay. Funds exist for OPSEU Local 101 members to attend such educational events. Follow the link below for more information and how to apply:

Apply to attend the 2021 Young Workers Conference

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Grave reckoning this Indigenous Month and Indigenous Peoples Day

OPSEU Scholarship winners 2021

OPSEU Local 101 is excited to announce the recipients of the 2021 scholarships:

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Lauren Allen

Alexander Borek

Gavin Feher

Heather Greenwood

Ryan Huczel

Zuzanna Jaglarz

Madison Lauzon

Chloe MacDonell

Amanda MacNeil

Laura MacNeil

Robert Magic

Gabrielle Riggi

Fiona Rocheleau

Briar Silvestro




The 2021 scholarship applications all demonstrated perseverance, integrity, community involvement as well as passion for their field of study and career goals.

Despite COVID-19 these deserving individuals were able to go above and beyond helping to serve their communities and achieve academic excellence.

We would like to thank all the applicants for applying and wish everyone the best of luck in their upcoming academic year. You should each be very proud of yourselves.

-OPSEU Local 101 Scholarship Committee

May is Speech and Hearing Month!

OPSEU Local 101 is pleased to celebrate Speech and Hearing Month in May!



Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work with people of all ages to identify, assess and treat a wide range of communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists are health professionals who identify, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. Audiologists are hearing health professionals who identify, diagnose and manage individuals with peripheral or central hearing loss, tinnitus, vestibular and balance disorders and other communication disorders across the lifespan. Communication health assistants are specifically trained to provide clinical services under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

In addition to working in clinical settings, speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in research, education, advocacy, policy development and health administration. 

Here’s a great overview of the profession of Speech Language Pathologists: