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

Epic Fail-A Short History of Privatization in Ontario

Epic Fail  Please visit our Media page to view the new informative video by OPSEU

  Epic Fail-A Short History of Privatization in Ontario

Local Executive Committee Meeting

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There will be a Local Executive Committee Meeting on April 22,2014 at the Windsor Opseu Regional Office at 5 PM