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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OPSEU 101 Member Dr. Bethany King interviewed on CBC Windsor Morning

Bethany Dr. Bethany King is a Psychologist at the Regional Children’s Centre at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare and an OPSEU Local 101 member

 She was interviewed last week on CBC Windsor Morning discussing Teen Self Harm.

To listen to this informative interview, please click here.

Tuition Assistance (Windsor Regional Hospital)

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For information regarding Tuition Assistance (Windsor Regional Hospital), please click here

OPSEU Local 101 Quarterly Update

July 2014

Well it certainly has been an eventful 6 months for Local 101. On January 29, 2014, a joint General Membership Meeting between OPSEU Locals 142 and 143 was held. At that time the membership voted to merge the 2 locals into one larger Local which subsequently became OPSEU Local 101.

At the end of February 2014, Unit and Shop Stewards were elected in their respective units.

For a list of Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Stewards, click here.

For a list of Windsor Regional Met Campus Stewards, click here.

For a list of Windsor Regional Ouellette Campus Stewards, click here

 

General Membership Meeting

OPSEU Local 101 held their first official General Membership Meeting on March 24, 2014. At that time the Election of the new Local Executive was held.

For a list of the Local Executive, please click here.

Website

A new website was created and went live on March 30, 2014, www.opseu101.org.

So far we have had over 200 members who have signed up for News and Updates from the website. Our goal is to increase those numbers substantially in the upcoming weeks and months. We thank those members who have subscribed and encourage all of our members to sign up.

Our goal is to keep you well informed of developments in our Local. If you prefer Twitter, you can follow us @OPSEULocal101

Local Executive and By-Law Committee

The Local held its first Local Executive Meeting on April 22, 2014 where all of the Executive were present and all of the new Stewards were invited to attend. From that meeting, the Executive and several Stewards volunteered for the By-Law committee.

The By-law Committee met on June 4, 2014 to develop new by-laws for the Local. There will be more information in the coming months on the new by-laws.

Contract Negotiations

With both Hotel Dieu Grace Health Care and Windsor Regional Hospital, there has been a great deal of work negotiating “Common Provisions” with regards to the various contracts that existed prior to the Hospitals Realignment. Common Provisions refer to Collective agreement issues such as: seniority, postings, layoff and recall and grievance procedure.

With both Employers, Local 101 has had teams working diligently with our Staff Representative, Marisa Forsyth, to look at the common provisions in order to negotiate an Interim Agreement.

Hotel Dieu Grace Health Care (Tayfour Campus)

The OPSEU 101 Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare team has worked on Common Provisions regarding the existing OPSEU 142 and OPSEU 143 contracts. At this time, the common provisions for Hotel Dieu Grace Health Care concerning postings, seniority, layoff/recall and grievance procedure has been completed. The combined seniority list has been posted. A Bargaining team will be elected in early September to negotiate a new Collective Agreement. As a result we will be having a Demand set meeting as well. These meetings are very important to attend.

Stay tuned for further updates. The dates will be announced on our Website.

Windsor Regional Hospital (Met and Ouellette Campuses)

The OPSEU 101 Windsor Regional Hospital team continues to work on Common Provisions. This involves working with 4 Collective Agreements. This includes OPSEU Locals 142 and 143 Collective Agreements, the Unifor 2458 Collective Agreement as well as those members who were previously non-Union and their agreement.

We are in the midst of finalizing an interim agreement. The proposed interim agreement has yet to be approved by the Hospital Board. If this is approved, this will govern how many of the larger issues are handled until a new collective agreement has been negotiated. With the exception of the common provisions, members are still governed by everything else in their former collective agreement until a new collective agreement is negotiated.

We just received confirmation last week from Windsor Regional Hospital to begin wage harmonization discussions. We are attempting to bring all similar classifications merged into the OPSEU local 101 (WRH group) comparable wages now that we have a single employer. Those discussions begin July 22-25th. We are working on finding any wage discrepancies between the multiple collective agreements this week. Those dates were only approved last week.

A Bargaining team will be elected in early September to negotiate a new Collective Agreement. As a result we will be having a Demand set meeting. These meetings are very important to attend.

Stay tuned for further updates. The dates will be announced on our Website.

Summer Vacations

The summer months are when many people take vacations. We wish all of the OPSEU Local 101 members a safe summer.

We will continue to keep you apprised of updates.

 

In Solidarity,

OPSEU Local 101-The Union for Hospital Health Professionals in Windsor

Local Vice President Speaks About Early Cancer Screening

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OPSEU Local 101 1st Vice President Michele Buchanan was interviewed by CBC  Radio Windsor Morning Show.

  She spoke openly and candidly about her own personal experience of breast cancer and the importance of early cancer screening.

To hear the entire interview, please click here

Even with A majority, we can force change

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Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00am

Ontario is moving on from the June 12TH election. The people have spoken. Some MPPs are packing up while others are getting ready to head to Queen’s Park for the first time.

Across Ontario, OPSEU members voted in support of public services. They voted against cuts and right-wing threats to take us back to the past. Some worked on campaigns, put up lawn signs and took part in other political acts. We should feel good about this work, just as we must accept the election results in 107 ridings. We will respect the process and the candidates that won and lost. It is not easy to be a candidate for any public office.

We now know more about the work we have ahead. We serve the public and witness the problems faced by those we serve. We know what it takes to provide good services that meet needs. We must speak out when these services do not reach acceptable goals.

We know the Liberals have set ambitious “savings” targets to reduce the deficit. They are unwilling to seek new revenue sources to pay for this. We know they will try to cut their way to this goal. As there is little left to cut, privatization will be their answer. Privatization is an epic failure. We know that OPSEU must continue to educate the public about privatization and document its failures, both past and present.

Premier Wynne was clear in her June 13th media statement. She will soon appoint a new Cabinet and bring back the legislature on July 2. She says she will present the same budget that triggered the election and push to get it quickly approved. She claims this will help to create jobs and a retirement plan; invest in education and communities and begin to reduce the deficit. Her government wants to balance the budget in the 2017-18 fiscal year.  She said this will be hard work. I agree.

The tough work comes from how to do these things all at once. Saving and spending are tough to do without borrowing. Herein is the threat to OPSEU members and public services. To get to this target, Wynne will turn to asset sales, private public partnerships, asset recycling and all the other programs that pass these days for privatization.

This threat exists across all OPSEU Divisions, from the LCBO to the smallest community agency or non-profit. Business groups think they can profit from licensing, blood collection, children’s services, education, alcohol sales, inspection, health care, mental health and many other services. This government may think it is good to lease or sell existing public services to the private sector at a price, and then allow the service to be provided with a profit margin added. That profit will then flow to the private sector for an extended period.

Today, Ontario already has fewer public sector workers (per 1,000 population) than any other province. We pay the least for these services (per capita) than any other province. With this efficiency, profits will come from higher costs paid by service users; reductions to the services; or the lower compensation to staff providing the service. The first 100 days of any new government are critical.

While we should all enjoy time to recharge this summer, OPSEU will lobby for improvements to the Liberal budget; set out measures by which new policies and actions by government should be judged and report to the public when there are abuses, corruption or inefficiencies. OPSEU members care about the work they do.

It is not easy to be a politician, always dependent on elections and the public will. It is also not easy to be a public sector worker, faced with tough situations, harsh conditions and the constant pressure of doing more with less.

Members of a strong and united OPSEU will continue their role as service providers, advocates and whistle blowers.  We’ll work hard for Ontario’s people. We’ll protect the services we provide. Public services should not be provided for a profit. In a democracy, an active union and a knowing public can force change, even from a majority government.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas

HPD Scholarship Fund

The Hospital Professionals Division (HPD) offers 7 scholarships* (one per region) of $750 each annually to students who are entering professions within the HPD.(For more information about the HPD, and a list of professions included, click here.)

(*These are not associated with the Scholarships that were previously offered by OPSEU Local 143)

Who can apply:

The scholarship is open to OPSEU members or their dependents who are enrolled in a publicly-funded, recognized Canadian university or college.  If you are a dependent of an OPSEU member, please submit the member’s name, your relationship him or her, and the number of his or her Local on your application form.

To receive the scholarship, the student must be confirmed as enrolled in a Hospital Professional program

How to apply:

1. Download the Application Form here and fill it out completely.

2. Include the following required submissions with your application form:

  • A personal statement about why you have chosen a hospital profession and what your future goals are

  • An essay of no more than 1,500 words answering both of the following questions:

    What are the major issues facing Hospital Professionals today and how does OPSEU help workers deal with these issues?

    In your opinion what are the strengths of a publicly funded health care system?

The deadline for submissions is September 3, 2014.

Send your application form, essay, and personal statement to:

OPSEU HPD Scholarship Fund
c/o OPSEU Training and Development Unit,
100 Lesmill Road,
Toronto, ON M3B 3P8

Or submit by email to scholarships@opseu.org.

Essays and personal summaries are reviewed and marked by an adjudicator appointed by the Hospital Professionals Division of OPSEU. Essays will not be returned to the applicants.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide confirmation of university or college enrollment before the scholarship will be issued.

All selections are final. Scholarships are one-time only and will not be awarded more than once to the same applicant.

An appointed OPSEU representative will, to the extent possible, follow-up with the award winners and the school they are enrolled in at the time the award is issued to offer congratulations and ensure that the scholarship is recognized as part of the student’s record of achievement.

NUPGE Scholarship Program 2014

 

Four awards of $1,500 given each year to children of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) members (OPSEU is a member of  NUPGE, therefore any OPSEU Member’s children who are starting post secondary education can apply)

Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children of the National Union’s 340,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education.

The Tommy Douglas Scholarship for $1,500 is open to all students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2014 – 2015 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a NUPGE member.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: How Tommy Douglas contributed to making Canada a more just and equitable society.

Deadline: June 30, 2014• The Tommy Douglas Scholarship pdfTommy Douglas application form pdf

The Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship for $1,500 is open to all students with disabilities who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2014 – 2015 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a member of the NUPGE.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Deadline: June 30, 2014• The Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship pdfTerry Fox application form pdf

The Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians for $1,500 is open to all Aboriginal Canadian students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2014 – 2015 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a NUPGE member.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of Aboriginal Canadians.

Deadline: June 30, 2014• The Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians pdfAboriginal Canadians application form pdf

The Scholarship for Visible Minorities for $1,500 is open to all visible minority students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education full-time in 2014 – 2015 and who are the children or foster children of a National Union of Public and General Employees member.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of visible minorities.

Deadline: June 30, 2014• The Scholarship for Visible Minorities pdfVisible minorities application form pdf

More information:General information – NUPGE scholarships pdf• For further information please phone (613) 228-9800 /  or e mail scholarship@nupge.ca