Reminder of General Membership Meeting November 12, 2014

There will be an OPSEU Local 101 General Membership Meeting on November 12, 2014

For time, location and agenda, please click here

General Membership Meeting November 12










There will be a General Membership Meeting on November 12, 2014
For time, location and agenda, please click here


OPSEU 101 Supports the 2 by 4 Patient Safety Campaign

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Demand Set Meetings/Gift Cards


 Demand Set Meeting(s)

 Just a reminder of the Demand set meetings next week

 The Demand set meeting for Windsor Regional Hospital(Met & Ouellette Sites) Members is on October 14th, please click here for more details.

 The Demand set meeting for Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare(Tayfour Campus and Crisis Program) Members is October 15th, please click here for more details. 

 The Demand Set is an extremely important meeting to attend as it will guide your respective negotiating teams in bargaining. 

 You must be in attendance to present your demand. There may be a demand that could affect you and this is your opportunity to vote. 

 Demands are voted on democratically by those who are in attendance at the meeting. 

 Gift Cards

 For the members who have not yet picked up their gift cards, they will be available at both demand set meetings prior to the start of the meeting. Please come early to  claim your prize. 

Gift Card Pick up Times & Locations

garyOur Local President Gary Van Nest will be at the following locations to distribute Gift Cards for the Labour Day Draw Winners who have not yet received their cards.


Date: Tuesday September 23, 2014

Met Campus Cafeteria 8:30AM to 9:30AM

Ouellette Campus Cafeteria 10AM to 11AM

Tayfour Campus Cafeteria 1:30PM to 2:30PM

OPSEU Regional Office 3005 Marentette Avenue (Suite 130)  3:00PM to 5PM 

OPSEU 101 Demand Set Survey

To all members of OPSEU Local 101,

 Both Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare and Windsor Regional Hospital will be entering into Contract Negotiations with OPSEU Local 101 soon.

In preparation for bargaining, we are asking you to print and  complete the attached Demand Set survey (links are below)

 This will guide the Negotiating Team(s) in the upcoming Demand Set Meetings

 Please note that the Demand set surveys must be returned by Friday October 3, 2014

 Windsor Regional Hospital Employees

 If you are a Windsor Regional Hospital Employee, please click here to download your Demand Set survey.

 The Demand Set meeting for Windsor Regional Hospital will be held on Tuesday October 14, 2014. For more information, click here.

 Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Employees

 If you are a Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Employee, please click here to download your Demand set survey

 The Demand Set Meeting for Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare will be held on Wednesday October 15, 2014. For more information, click here.

 In Solidarity,

 OPSEU Local 101

Labour Day Gift Cards

Gift cards will be available for pick up tomorrow (September 16th)  for those individuals who won a gift card in the Labour day draw.

The cards will be available at the OPSEU Regional Office from 4 PM to 9 PM at 3005 Marentette Ave Suite 130 (use back entrance after 5:00 PM)

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Negotiating Team Election Results











We would like to thank all of the Members who came to the Negotiating Team Elections as well as those who ran for the positions.

The following members have been elected to the Negotiating Teams

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Negotiating Team

Stephanie Robinson

Karl Peterson

Todd Dutot

Neil Billson

Windsor Regional Hospital Negotiating Team

Nicole MacKinnon

Richard Baillargeon

Susan Bohnert-Hamelin

Celia Bell

Michele Buchanan

Frank Foote

Joe McQueen

Congratulations to the Elected Members!

OPSEU101Labour Day Gift Card Winners
















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



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