WRH-Information relating to Part Time OPSEU Vacation Bank Payout

For Part Time OPSEU staff who previously accrued vacation and received a payout for June 8, 2017:

The vacation accruals that were paid out on June 8, 2017 were what was in your vacation bank as of April 21, 2017.  We chose that date as it is a pay end date and May 1 was in the middle of a pay period.  There is a difference as to what was showing on your last pay statement for vacation accruals and what was paid out as a result of using the April 21 date.  In the system, the change to stop any accruals was not made until after May 1, so anytime accrued between April 21 and May 1 and appeared on your vacation accruals needed to be subtracted from the vacation payout amounts.   Also, if any paid vacation time was taken between April 21 and May 19 and paid, this amount was subtracted from your payout.  Next year’s Vacation payouts will be calculated starting April 22nd, 2017 to ensure all hours worked are accounted for.

SHARON MORRIS | WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL

DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES & LABOUR RELATIONS

OPSEU Local 101 2017 Donation Recipients

Donation Committee Members L-R Ivana Dunn, Manmander Matharu and Jennifer Burton-Liang

OPSEU Local 101 is proud to  donate $5000 per year to  Charitable Organizations.

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 on May 9, 2017 to the various charitable organizations.

Presentation of $500.00 donation to Downtown Mission L-R Ivana Dunn, Manmander Matharu, Ron Dunn (Downtown Mission) and Jennifer Burton-Liang

 

Presentation of $500.00 donation to Harmony in Action L-R Jennifer Burton-Liang, Ivana Dunn, Anita Riccio-Spagnuolo (Harmony in Action) and Manmander Matharu

Presentation of $500.00 donation to the United Way of Windsor Essex. L-R Manmander Matharu, Jennifer Burton-Liang and Lorraine Goddard (United Way Windsor Essex)

Presentation of $500.00 donation to the Windsor Goodfellows. L-R Manmander Matharu, Ivana Dunn and Bruce Tait (Windsor Goodfellows)

 

Presentation of $500.00 donation to Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (W5) L-R Ivana Dunn, Manmander Matharu, Amina Philbert-Ives (W5), Philippine Ishak (W5) and Jennifer Burton-Liang

 

Presentation of $1000.00 donation to Windsor Pride Community Education and Resource Center. L-R Jennifer Burton-Liang, R.J. (Bob) Williams (Windsor Pride), Manmander Matharu and Ivana Dunn

 

Presentation of $1000.00 donation to the Windsor Worker’s Education Centre. L-R Jennifer Burton-Liang, Ivana Dunn, Representative from Windsor Worker’s Education Centre, Paul Chislett (Windsor Worker’s Education Centre) and Manmander Matharu.

WRH/OPSEU Local 101 Update on HOOPP Contributions

HOOPP contributions on retroactive pay settlements are required for both the employee portion and the employer portion.  Only payments relating to prior years are considered retroactive payments. This means that any payment received in the current year, for prior years, is considered a retro. Any payment received in the current year, for the current year, is considered an adjustment to current year contributions, and is not considered retro.

WRH will provide HOOPP with details of the payments made for member contributions that have been deducted for each year of the retro payment, similar to what the hospital is required to do for current year contributions.  Contributions on any retro payment will need to be reported separately from regular current year contributions.  These payments will NOT provide you with additional years of service however will increase your annualized earnings for the year in which the contributions are for.  This may in turn impact your 5 best years of service which is used to calculate your pension at retirement.

Retirees
Retroactive payments received by a member after they have retired and begun receiving a HOOPP pension are considered pensionable earnings and are subject to pension contributions.
WRH will submit those contributions to HOOPP and they will then recalculate a retired member’s pension to include the retroactive settlement.

MELISSA SIMAS, CHRL | WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES

Additional Collective Agreement Updates WRH/OPSEU 101

Good Evening Everyone.

Thank you for your patience with implementing our new collective agreement.

Here are the most recent updates.

Lump sum payments for Part Time vacation is targeted to be paid out June 8,2017 pay.  There will be the in lieu premium (12% or 14%) applied to the lump sum payment. Part time employees are still eligible to take their vacation time they are no longer paid for individual days off and are coded as Vacation Unpaid because of the annual lump sum payment.

  • Any remaining hours in a members overtime bank will be paid out Sept 28,2017.
  • Wage grid advancement at 1650 hours for Part Time members will be targeted for payout June 8,2017.  Any wage grid movement will be retroactive back to Feb. 5,2017.
  • There will be an open enrollment period for all Part time staff to enroll for benefits during the month of May.  The premium costs will be available at that time. Further information to come.
  • The percent in lieu of benefits for the Pharmacy Tech’s at Ouellette, former non union members and temporary employees will be on a separate retro payment at the end of the open enrollment period for benefits (June 8,2017).
  • Dental claims are paid directly to the member and can no longer be paid directly to the dentist.
  • Holiday Pay adjustments for Part Time employees who worked the Family Day Holiday and Good Friday will not be captured in the April 27th retro payment.  It should be on the June 8th retro payment.
  • All changes in benefits have been built in the Greenshield plan as of March 16,2017.
  • Changes in call back premium (former Xray/Lab members) will be retroactive to the date of the award and will be on a separate retro payment.
  • When you are called back to work on standby, only the hours worked should be deducted from your standby premium.  (eg. Called back, worked 2 hours only 2 hours are subtracted from your stand by pay not 4 hours.)
  • Shift rotation (days and afternoons) are in discussion for implementation.  We will keep you posted.

In Solidarity,

Michele Buchanan

1st Vice President OPSEU L.101

Negotiations Updates

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare

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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.

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

OPSEU Local 101 General Membership Meeting January 20, 2016

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There will be a General Membership Meeting on Wednesday January 20 2016.

For agenda, time and location, please click here

OPSEU Local 101 Donates to Local Charities

Donation Committee

Donation Committee Members Ivana Dunn, Mander Matharu, 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.

The Committee along with Executive Officers presented cheques to the 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 presentation which was held on March 30, 2015 at the OPSEU Regional Office in Windsor.

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Presentation to Windsor Workers Action Centre L-R Jen Burton-Liang, Ivana Dunn, Gary Van Nest President OPSEU 101, Mander Matharu presenting cheque to Melissa Larue, Staff WWAC and Rob McGuffin Vice President WWAC

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Presentation to United Way Windsor Essex L-R Jen Burton- Liang, Gary Van Nest, Mander Matharu, Ivana Dunn presenting cheque to Maureen Curtis and Andy Bothamley

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Presentation to Windsor Goodfellows L-R Jen Burton- Liang, Gary Van Nest, Mander Matharu, Ivana Dunn presenting cheque to Bruce Tate of the Windsor Goodfellows

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Presentation to Street Help L-R Ivana Dunn, Gary Van Nest, Mander Matharu presenting to Christine Wilson-Furlonger, Jen Burton-Liang

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Presentation to Big Brothers Big Sisters L-R Gary Van Nest, Mander Matharu, , Ivana Dunn, John Sutton Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters receiving cheque from Jen Burton-Liang

 

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Presention to Downtown Mission L-R Jen Burton-Liang, Ivana Dunn presenting cheque to Ron Dunn Downtown Mission, Mander Matharu and Michele Buchanan, 1st Vice President, OPSEU 101

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Presentation to Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation for a Memorial Bench for Kari Yeboah. Kari was a Cardiac Sonographer at Windsor Regional Hospital who passed away September 11, 2014. L-R Ivana Dunn, Enid Bryant Windsor Regional Hospital receiving a cheque from Mander Matharu, Michele Buchanan, Jen Burton-Liang

 

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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