Archives for January 2016

January 20 Meeting Minutes and Election Results

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The General Membership Meeting of January 20, 2016 and election results are now posted on the website.

To view the minutes, please click here.

Rally Against Hospital Cuts Across Ontario


Patients, Concerned Citizens and Workers to Rally Against Hospital Cuts
at Ontario Government’s Pre-Budget Consultations across Ontario


This week, when Members of Provincial Parliament travel across the province for pre-budget consultations, they will be met at each stop with community protests over devastating hospital cuts and privatization. Local health coalitions in Hamilton, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa and Toronto will be holding noon rallies outside of each of the pre-budget hearing consultations.


Ontario has dropped to last place in Canada in hospital funding. We are now in the ninth year of real-dollar cuts to global hospital budgets. Patients are paying the price: they are being left on stretchers in hallways, surgeries are being cancelled and vital health services are being privatized, subject to user fees, or moved out of town. The Coalition is calling on Ontario’s government to restore our public hospital funding to at least the average of all the other provinces in Canada.


Where and When

Windsor: Tuesday, January 19, 12 noon at Caesar’s Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E.

Thunder Bay: Wednesday, January 20, 12 noon at the Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Inn Dr.

Sault Ste. Marie: Thursday, January 21, 12 noon at the Delta Waterfront Hotel, 208 St. Mary’s River Dr.

Ottawa: Friday, January 22, 12 noon at the Marriot Hotel, 100 Kent St. N.

Toronto: Monday, February 1, 12 noon at Queen’s Park (main south facing doors)

What Rally to stop devastating hospital cuts.

For more information: contact Rolf Gerstenberger, 289-260-9547 (Hamilton), Ken Lewenza Jr., 519-819-0830 (Windsor), Jules Tupker, 807-577-5946 (Thunder Bay), Margo Dale, 705-254-2885 (Sault Ste. Marie), Al Dupuis, 613-808-7710 (Ottawa), or the OHC office, 416-441-2502.

Important Message From OPSEU Hospital Professionals Division

January 18, 2016

Dear HPD members,

I am pleased to announce that today Monday January 18, OPSEU is launching the Hospital Professionals Division media campaign, highlighting the dismantling of public hospitals and the takeover of health care by for-profit companies.
Through this campaign we hope to influence public opinion and pressure the Wynne government to reconsider hospital cuts in the upcoming provincial budget in 2016.
We are entering the ninth consecutive year of hospital cuts – the longest stretch of hospital cuts in Ontario’s history. Today Ontario is in last place in hospital funding in Canada. The province has cut more beds and services than any other province. Hospitals are discharging patients before they are ready. Every service cut is privatized, subject to user fees, or moved far away from many communities.
Our campaign dovetails with the Ontario Health Coalition rallies being held in each city where the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is holding pre-budget meetings this week. Let’s make our voices heard, together with our allies, to put a stop to devastating hospital cuts!

The campaign will feature:


1) Radio ads that will run in selected communities across Ontario.
2) Website for the latest information on health cuts, rallies and lobbying MPPs.
3) Video: “What happened to health care?”  click here to view
Join the conversation online:
  • LIKE and SHARE the video on Facebook
  • Tweet @publicisbetter by using the hashtag #notoprivateclinics
  • Make sure to circulate website widely.
In solidarity,
Sara Labelle
Chair, OPSEU Hospital Professionals Division

OPSEU Region 1 Weekend Educational February 27/28, 2016


There will be an OPSEU Region 1 Weekend Educational which will be held on February 27 & 28, 2016 at the OPSEU London Regional Office/Membership Centre.

All OPSEU Local 101 members are eligible to apply.

For details and course descriptions, please click here.