Lobbying for Pandemic Pay


Hope this email finds everyone still safe and healthy. As you know, the Ford Government announced a $4/hour pay increase for several weeks during the COVID Pandemic to “frontline workers”. Many of our OPSEU classifications have been overlooked. Everyone from OPSEU has been working diligently to get clarification and expansion of the list of workers that are eligible. For this fight we need everyone’s support.

A letter from the Chair of the Hospitals Division of OPSEU, Sara Labelle, was sent to the Premier, Doug Ford, requesting him and his administration to broaden the eligibility of the members initially excluded from the frontline list.

Below you will find email addresses and a sample letter. We ask that each and every one of our Members send their MPP an email to help push in this fight.

Please do this in solidarity of those who may not be on that list of frontline workers, but should be. Even if your classification is on the list, stand together and support your fellow Union Brother or Sister, who is working alongside you every day. 

In addition, if your profession is not on the frontline workers list, you may contact your professional association and request that they send a letter to the Premier and Health Minister advocating for your inclusion. 

As this is a timely issue, please write these letters as soon as possible! 

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay together. Stay tuned for updates. 


In Solidarity,



Click on the link below and enter your postal code to find your MPP and their email address:


Send your letter to your MPP and Cc: Doug Ford, Premier, and Christine Elliott, Health Minister.

Premier Ford premier@ontario.ca

Minister Elliott Christine.elliott@pc.ola.org

Dear (insert MPP name here) ,

I am writing as a (insert profession here) who is working on the front line of COVID-19 at (insert employer/hospital here). It appears that myself and my colleagues were overlooked in the pandemic premium announcement as it was outlined in the media backgrounder. According to your release the pandemic payment is “in recognition of the dedication, long hours and increased risk of working to contain the COVID-19 outbreak”. I am asking you to include myself and my colleagues in the pandemic premium.

(insert a little information about your profession and what you do)

I have needed to wear personal protective equipment every day, I have worked extra hours. I have put myself and my families lives at risk. I have sacrificed a great deal to fight COVID-19 shoulder-to-shoulder with the entire health care team and am happy to do so.

I am sure it is an oversight to not list us, but it is causing tensions in the health care teams in hospitals and, frankly I am very hurt and upset. I am asking you to fix this as soon as possible.

Thanking you in advance,
cc. Right Honourable Doug Ford, Premier
     Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health


Here is the OPSEU head office website with info on writing letters:

Pandemic pay for all frontline healthcare workers


Message from OPSEU local 101 President

Filing WSIB COVID-19 claims


The information below outlines how and when people should file claims related to COVID-19. While the nature of some people’s work may put them at greater risk of contracting the virus, for example those treating someone with COVID-19, any claims received by the WSIB will need to be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the facts and circumstances.


  • If you contracted COVID-19 while at work (you have a diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19), you may file a claim to determine if you are eligible for WSIB coverage. 

  • If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 while at work, but you are not ill at this time (you do not have a diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19), please do not file a claim. Instead, you can file an exposure incident form through our Program for Exposure Incident Reporting (PEIR) or Construction Exposure Incident Reporting (CEIR) programs. These are voluntary reporting programs and you will be assigned an incident number. If you become ill in the future, we’ll be able to process your claim faster.

To report an exposure, please complete and fax the appropriate form below to 1-888-313-7373 or call the WSIB at 1-800-387-0750, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All industries (except construction): Worker’s Exposure Incident Form(PDF) or Employer’s Exposure Incident Form (PDF)

Construction sector: Worker’s Construction Exposure Incident Form(PDF) or Employer’s Construction Exposure Incident Form (PDF) 

For additional information, please visit the WSIB website.


In Solidarity


Ontario Strong – Thank you


Message from OPSEU local 101 President

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all staying strong, brave and healthy during these stressful and scary times. The Union is here to support you in any way we can. Many of you have reached out and I hope we are helping with your concerns. The latest is the Windsor transit issue. If someone is being impacted and cannot get to work, please reach out to one of the LEC members or your steward and we will troubleshoot for a solution.  Keep any receipts you may incur if you have to pay for additional means of travel. We don’t need another thing blocking us from doing the admirable work that we do.

Continue to be brave, continue to support each other and above all stay safe and healthy.


Message from OPSEU local 101 President

The days are evolving more rapidly than we can comprehend as of late. Even though we are a society that is constantly on the go and seemingly limitless, we have been humbled.

A microscopic enemy, invisible to the naked eye has brought our world to a grinding halt. The things that are not invisible are the reality that our health and lives are at risk in this current environment. There have been questions regarding work status, quarantine requirements, PPE, general operations and as we have seen, things can change in less than 24 hours. In responding to all of your correspondence and in order to be impactful with this message, it seems prudent to address everyone collectively at this time.  Although information continues to change, it is at somewhat of a plateau. Our Employer has engaged the Union and other Unions in co-ordinated responses and collective decisions in handling the challenges we are facing. This information is available to everyone on the Hospitals Intranet system and can be accessed via WRH Intranet at COVID-19LINK under “Staff Updates” and via HDGH Intranet at http://intranet.hdgh.org/coronavirus.

The Employer’s commitment with the Union is to continue to work collaboratively in order to overcome this situation. The only way we can overcome this is to be on the same page. The lines may be a little blurry at this time, but as long as everyone keeps each other’s best interest at the fore front we will be successful in beating this. The Union is working very closely with the Employer to ensure the well being and safety of its Members.

We as OPSEU Members and Health Care Workers, at both WRH and HDGH sites, are being asked to step up to the plate. The days ahead are full of fear, unknowns and will be tireless. To date we have come together and supported our fellow workers, families and friends with professionalism and bravery. As your Local President, I can say I am privileged to represent each and every one of you.

The coming days and weeks will continue to demand everything we have. With potential continuing confirmed COVID cases, potential increase in illness amongst staff, family and the general public, we may be asked to give even more of ourselves and we need to be prepared.  We need to be efficient, we need to be smart and we need to be safe all at the same time. A seemingly daunting task, but with the support of the Union, the Administration and the Community, we will, and we must come out as a whole, on the other side of this pandemic. Continue to reach out to myself, any of the LEC or your stewards for support. We will try to answer all of your questions and concerns as they arise.

Continue to be brave.

Continue to be safe.

In solidarity,


Urgent March 12th meeting!

Urgent call for OPSEU local 101 members to

attend a brief meeting!


When: Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Meeting will be short!

Where: OPSEU Office on 3005 Marentette Ave.(behind Devonshire mall)


Unfortunately our recent March 3rd general membership meeting did not have enough members to reach quorum. We need this minimum number of attendees in order to elect delegates and alternates to attend the OPSEU convention in Toronto. Convention is a yearly event that brings together representatives from OPSEU locals from across the province. These representatives vote and make decisions that impact you! We need our regional and sector voices to be heard! Please do your best to attend this very short meeting. We have several members who would like to attend convention and without quorum only our president will be able to attend. Anyone who wants to be a delegate or alternate and cannot be present at the meeting may submit an email ASAP to our local president Susan Bohnert Hamelin saying you would like to be considered a delegate and/or alternate. Here are the details of this year’s convention:


44th Annual OPSEU Convention

Thursday May 21, 2020 9:00 AM – until Saturday May 23 at noon

Halls A and B of the Metro Toronto Convention Center, 250 Front Street West, Toronto ON

Thank you everyone for your participation! If you’re coming…bring along an OPSEU friend 🙂 


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WRH Bargaining Team Update


Attention: Windsor Regional Hospital OPSEU Local 101 Members


Feb 11, 2020

After many days of Bargaining with the Employer at Windsor Regional Hospital, the decision was made to apply for Conciliation on Friday February 7th. This process will now proceed to include a Conciliator to help resolve the items that remain on the Bargaining table.

The Team was able to work through many of the Demand Set items, but outstanding monetary items still remain. It is our hope that we will come to resolution on these outstanding points during the next few Bargaining days, of which dates are to be yet determined.

The Bargaining Team for WRH is determined to keep everyone’s best interest at the forefront and come up with a solid Collective Agreement.

In Solidarity,

OPSEU Local 101, WRH Bargaining Team 2020

Indigenous Conference – Call for Applications

The OPSEU Indigenous Circle invites you to submit your application for the 2020 Indigenous Conference! We welcome all members who desire to bear witness to the essential role of culture in the survival and thriving of Indigenous communities.

The Conference theme is “Discovering the Métis: The People of the Sash.” The goal is to inspire and equip OPSEU members to partner and work with Indigenous communities during this time of reconciliation. The Conference is being planned with citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Participants will be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to effectively network with Métis members within and beyond OPSEU on various projects and campaigns. Banners are being created by Métis artist Christi Belcourt for this event.

Event participants will be selected by the Indigenous Circle with assistance from the Equity Unit.  The selection process seeks to achieve a diverse group of attendees, representative of Indigenous and other equity groups within our membership. Confirmation will be issued to the selected participants the final week of April. Expenses will be reimbursed as per OPSEU policy.

Do not miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun.  Please submit your completed application by e-mail to indigenousconference@opseu.org or fax to the Equity Unit no later than 5 pm, March 27, 2020.  Please note that we will be applying the criteria as set out on pages 4 and 5 of this application for selection.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In solidarity,

OPSEU Indigenous Circle

Information on the Indigenous Conference can also be found on the OPSEU website:

https://opseu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Indigenous-Conference-Call-2020.pdf(English) or https://opseu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Indigenous-Conference-Call-2020-fr.pdf (French).

OPSEU Social Mapping Project


Click here to take the 2019 Social Mapping Census


As a public sector union, OPSEU’s priority is to serve our members well. As a social justice union, we also fight for fairness and equality in our workplaces, in our communities and our province.

But if we want better, we’ve got to do better too.

That’s what the 2019 Social Mapping Census is all about, and I’m so thankful for the work of OPSEU’s Social Mapping Committee, its members who represent each equity committee and caucus, and its Board Liaison Laurie Nancekivell for their ongoing dedication to the project and to our union.

OPSEU is a big family, and our Social Mapping Project – “Count Me In” – is about recognizing that as our family grows and changes, so do our members’ priorities. If we’re going to improve services for our diverse membership, we need to hear from them.

It’s why we’re calling on all our members to pitch in!

OPSEU members can complete the 2019 Social Mapping Census by December 16 – it’ll only take a few minutes of your time, but it’ll give us a world of insight, so that we can continue to set union-wide priorities that reflect our members’ own priorities and to plan for the future.

OPSEU’s Social Mapping Project first started back in 2009-10. It was a truly groundbreaking initiative – the largest and first demographic survey of its kind, and it has shaped our union for the better.

But our union’s demographics have continued to change since then. In 2017, OPSEU’s highest ranking authority – Convention – passed a resolution to conduct OPSEU’s second-ever census. The information we gather will once again be used to identify and remove barriers that our members face and to encourage full member participation.

Let’s keep this proud legacy going, because together we can build and strengthen our union in these challenging times.

In solidarity,


Warren (Smokey) Thomas

OPSEU President


Click here to take the 2019 Social Mapping Census

Final Reminder November 19 General Membership Meeting

Attention upcoming General Membership Meeting, please see below for more details.

When: Tuesday November 19, 2019Dinner will be served at 5:00pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:00pm

*** Where: Royal Canadian Legion

1570 Marentette Ave. Windsor ONT ***


Meeting Agenda:

  1. Swearing-In of new stewards
  2. Nominations and Election of new executives for local 101à President, VP #1, VP #2, VP #3, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Officer
  3. Nominations and Election of committee members (Scholarship(3) and Donation(3))
  4. Nominations and Election of Trustees (2)
  5. Approval of 2020 Budget 
  6. Other Business

** You must be present to run for an executive position**

** If you are interested in running for a Committee member position ,and unable to attend you must submit a written letter expressing intention and position to myself  NO LATER than November 18, 2019 1500hrs **

Please click on Link to RSVP for dinner. Please RSVP no later than Friday NOV 15th

*** Also there will be a draw for the remaining unclaimed Labour day gift cards Must be present to win ***