OPSEU Region 1 Educational February 9&10, 2019

The Windsor Regional Office will be hosting a weekend education event on February 9&10, 2018.

Courses offered:

  • Labour History: Strategies for Today through the Lens of the Past
  • Worker’s Health and Safety: Toxic Substances, Cancer, Body in the Workplace
  • Stewards 1: Making a Difference in the Workplace
  • LEC Leadership and Team Development
  • The Indigenous Journey Part 1
  • Local Treasurer’s Course

The application deadline is Friday, January 11, 2019 and is open to all OPSEU Members. For more information and to apply, please click —>here

Updated WRH/OPSEU Local 101 Contract Posted


The current Windsor Regional Hospital/OPSEU Local 101Contract is now posted. To view the document please click —>Here

Reminder-General Membership Meeting November 21,2018




Just a reminder to please attend the OPSEU Local 101 General Membership Meeting

When: Wednesday November 21st, 2018.

Dinner will be served at 5:00pm and the meeting will commence at 5:45pm

*** Where: Royal Canadian Legion 1570 Marentette Ave. Windsor ONT ***

Meeting Agenda:

Nominations and Election of (1) Scholarship Committee Member
Nominations and Election of Convention (5) delegates and (5) alternates (Convention will be held in Toronto May 23- May 25, 2019)
Nominations and Election of BPS Conference (5) delegates and (5) alternates ( BPS will be held in Toronto in June 2019, exact dates are unknown)
Nominations and Election for Region 1 Regional meeting ( Meeting will be held at Caesars Windsor Casino May 4, 2019)
Approval of 2019 Budget
Other Business
*** Also there will be a draw for the remaining unclaimed Labour day gift cards Must be present to win ($600 in gift cards)***

Professional Liability Insurance for OPSEU Members

Just a reminder with the end of the year quickly approaching, it may be a good idea to enrol in OPSEU’s Group Professional Liability Insurance for the 2019 calendar year.

The rates are as follows ;

Available limits per claim (cost per member, per year)

$1 million/$5 million aggregate = $30/year
$2 million/$5 million aggregate = $40/year
$3 million/$5 million aggregate = $50/year
$4 million/$5 million aggregate = $60/year
$5 million/$5 million aggregate = $70/year

Please check with your College’s requirements regarding coverage. 

For more information, please click on this link

Physician cautioned for Diverting OPSEU Local 101 Bargaining Work

WRH Radiologist Cautioned by their College(CPSO) for diverting OPSEU Local 101 bargaining unit work to their private clinic.

To view the summary  which is public record on the CPSO website please click –>here.

Part Time Vacation Changes (Windsor Regional Hospital)

From Sharon Morris, Director Human Resources, Windsor Regional Hospital

The part time vacation changes in the new OPSEU agreement involved moving from a vacation bank payout to a process where the employees in the May 2019 vacation year can take vacation with pay. This is the contract language:

Effective May 1st, 2018, all regular part-time employees shall be entitled to receive the same portion of wages and vacations with pay accrued to full-time employees as the part-time employees hours worked in a pay period bear to regular hours of a full-time employee equivalent years of service shall be calculated on the basis of one (1) year of service for each sixteen hundred and fifty (1650) hours worked

For the purposes of implementing this what took place from the payroll side was that we had to start “accruing” or “earning” vacation with pay in the system for each part time employee starting on May 1, 2018. Staff do not see that on their pay stubs currently but it is an “accrual” or “vacation bank” behind the scenes in payroll which will show on the paystubs for staff in the new vacation year (May 1, 2019).

When we did the changeover however it took place during a period of time just before May 1 and because we cannot make changes mid pay period there are some hours for part time staff who worked between April 21, 2018 and April 30, 2018 which started attracting vacation with pay. The system can’t automatically move those hours in the May 1, 2018 vacation bank accrual and so those hours earned by part time staff between April 21, 2018 and April 30, 2018 are currently showing on the pay stubs for the staff. When we get to May 1, 2019 at that point the system will actually move those hours forward so that they can be used starting on May 1, 2019 for that vacation year when part time staff can take “vacation with pay”.

OPSEU Region 1 Educational October 20 and 21, 2018

There will be an OPSEU Region 1 Weekend Educational which will be held on October 20 and 21, 2018 at the OPSEU London Regional Office/Membership Centre

All OPSEU Local 101 members are eligible to apply.

For details and course descriptions, please click here.


WRH Retro Payment Update

Message from Sharon Morris Director Human Resources WRH

Preparation for payment of OPSEU retro payments for July 5 2018

Good afternoon.

I have just met with the manager of payroll about the work that is being done to complete the retro wage payments for July 5, 2018 pay deposit.

The new pay rates are in the payroll system and have been for a few pays.

The payment of the retroactive wage increases for this contract up to the April 1, 2018 increase on all hours paid is the work that has just been completed by the Financial Analyst who works with Human Resources to complete the payroll step. We have a less complicated retroactive payment to process for this contract because we do not have the grid harmonization step to do this round. There is , however, from the system point of view, one complicated step that has to be checked which relates to increases that are being paid for the 2017 when there was a retro payment for the earlier agreement also paid in that year. That step just requires a careful review for the staff to make sure that the increases are being implemented correctly. The payroll manager advises me that they are doing their final check tomorrow and as the long weekend holiday takes one day out of this pay period they must complete this work on Friday in order to get the payment done for the deposit “send” for July 5.

The payroll manager has indicated that he will let us know if there are any issues with that doublecheck step.

The best case is that there is not and the file can be uploaded and ready to send to the banks for the July 5 pay deposit. The worst case scenario is that there is an issue which would have to be fixed on July 3 delaying the importing of the file to the bank and thereby delaying the payment to Friday July 6 (one day). That is the worst case scenario which he has advised me he will report to me on Tuesday July 3 if that is the case. Otherwise the payment will be done for July 5 pay deposit. Again a reminder to the staff that they get their regular pay stub “first” on Wednesday and then after all of the pay stubs have been sent out the retro pay stubs are sent out.

What is not being paid at this time are the following as extra steps:

  •  Recalculation of mat leave top ups: these are individual calculations that must be done by two people in payroll and there is a need for some more time to have those completed. I will advise you as soon as we know when that work is completed;

  •  Vacation entitlement: Staff will be paid retro payments on the paid vacation that they have already received. Example if in 2017 an employee was paid for 21 shifts of vacation at their old wage rate this retro payment will be then the retro amount for the 21 shifts at their new rate. What is not yet in this process is the change to the vacation entitlement agreed to. Staff are calling payroll to ask why their new entitlement is not yet “showing” on their pay stubs and also will likely ask where is the new entitlement for use in this vacation year (for those who moved entitlement). That is a separate piece of work that is next on our work plan now that the retro payment work is complete. We will get that spreadsheet of employees entitled to vacation entitlement changes the week of July 3 for your reference.

  • Any other changes that we committed to for completion for the June 30 list (“outstanding issues”) could not be processed in this pay deposit because of the retro payments going in to the system (ie responsibilitypay). Those will be done for the July 19 pay deposit to avoid issues with the calculation of the current retro payments.

Please email Sharon Morris or Michele Buchanan any questions with regard to the retro payments.

Sharon Morris

OPSEU Local 101 2018 Scholarship Recipients

This year the Scholarship Committee received an overwhelming response of 30 applications for the scholarship.

OPSEU Local 101 would like to say  thank you to all the  students  who applied for the 2018 OPSEU 101 Scholarship.

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

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

Thank you to the 2018 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Committee-Kulwinder Flora, Brenda Hunt and Andrea Cutting

2018 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Recipients

Payton Laing

Laura Kobrynovich

Arista Lee

Evelyn Mackay-Barr

Matthew Lee

Quinn Liang

Samantha Lambier

Christina Lee

Mia Simons

Luke Meloche

Aiden Banks

Zachary Lauzon

Conner Tazzman

Alexandra Nugent

Emily Mackinnon

OPSEU 101-WRH Ratification Results

Good Evening,


Number of ballots cast: 371

Number of Accepted: 238

Number of Rejected: 133

64% Ratified in favor of the new Collective Agreement

Thank you to everyone that took the time to come out and cast a ballot.