Archives for April 2017

WRH/OPSEU Local 101 Update on HOOPP Contributions

HOOPP contributions on retroactive pay settlements are required for both the employee portion and the employer portion.  Only payments relating to prior years are considered retroactive payments. This means that any payment received in the current year, for prior years, is considered a retro. Any payment received in the current year, for the current year, is considered an adjustment to current year contributions, and is not considered retro.

WRH will provide HOOPP with details of the payments made for member contributions that have been deducted for each year of the retro payment, similar to what the hospital is required to do for current year contributions.  Contributions on any retro payment will need to be reported separately from regular current year contributions.  These payments will NOT provide you with additional years of service however will increase your annualized earnings for the year in which the contributions are for.  This may in turn impact your 5 best years of service which is used to calculate your pension at retirement.

Retroactive payments received by a member after they have retired and begun receiving a HOOPP pension are considered pensionable earnings and are subject to pension contributions.
WRH will submit those contributions to HOOPP and they will then recalculate a retired member’s pension to include the retroactive settlement.


Additional Collective Agreement Updates WRH/OPSEU 101

Good Evening Everyone.

Thank you for your patience with implementing our new collective agreement.

Here are the most recent updates.

Lump sum payments for Part Time vacation is targeted to be paid out June 8,2017 pay.  There will be the in lieu premium (12% or 14%) applied to the lump sum payment. Part time employees are still eligible to take their vacation time they are no longer paid for individual days off and are coded as Vacation Unpaid because of the annual lump sum payment.

  • Any remaining hours in a members overtime bank will be paid out Sept 28,2017.
  • Wage grid advancement at 1650 hours for Part Time members will be targeted for payout June 8,2017.  Any wage grid movement will be retroactive back to Feb. 5,2017.
  • There will be an open enrollment period for all Part time staff to enroll for benefits during the month of May.  The premium costs will be available at that time. Further information to come.
  • The percent in lieu of benefits for the Pharmacy Tech’s at Ouellette, former non union members and temporary employees will be on a separate retro payment at the end of the open enrollment period for benefits (June 8,2017).
  • Dental claims are paid directly to the member and can no longer be paid directly to the dentist.
  • Holiday Pay adjustments for Part Time employees who worked the Family Day Holiday and Good Friday will not be captured in the April 27th retro payment.  It should be on the June 8th retro payment.
  • All changes in benefits have been built in the Greenshield plan as of March 16,2017.
  • Changes in call back premium (former Xray/Lab members) will be retroactive to the date of the award and will be on a separate retro payment.
  • When you are called back to work on standby, only the hours worked should be deducted from your standby premium.  (eg. Called back, worked 2 hours only 2 hours are subtracted from your stand by pay not 4 hours.)
  • Shift rotation (days and afternoons) are in discussion for implementation.  We will keep you posted.

In Solidarity,

Michele Buchanan

1st Vice President OPSEU L.101

WRH/OPSEU Local 101 Collective Agreement and Retroactive Payments Update

This is a message from Sharon Morris Director of Human Resources and  Labour Relations for Windsor Regional Hospital.

This an update on the implementation for the new collective agreement wage increase retroactive payments following the release of the WRH OPSEU interest arbitration award.


Retroactive payments for wage increases:


The new wage rates have been in the pay system and the next step that we have been preparing for is the payment of the retroactive amounts. This payment is scheduled to be made on the pay deposit for April 27, 2017.  There were many steps that had to be taken from a system point of view to prepare the retroactive payments and this process was complicated by the number of different bargaining groups that had to come together into one new wage grid.  I want to thank everyone for their patience while we have worked through this process and to also thank those in Finance that had to work on this detailed project. There are currently six hundred and twenty two (622) OPSEU employees but there were a significant number (close to 100) more staff who transferred to HDGH or resigned or retired whose payments also had to be calculated.


The paystubs will be released on Wednesday April 26.    Staff should see two pay stubs: the first one will be their regular pay stub with their regular weekly earnings plus showing a line for the retro amount.  There is a second pay stub for the retro payments showing the particulars of the retro pay.   The first pay stub for regular wages is sent in the morning and this must be sent in one email file for all 4000 active employees for the Hospital.  The second paystub is sent over the course of the day as the retro paystubs cannot be sent in the same file as the regular pay stubs.    Wait to see both paystubs before you ask questions please.   Your coworker may get their second paystub before you get yours.   They are sent in batches and so please be patient on Wednesdayfor that detail to come to you.

I do want to indicate however that there is only a limited amount of space on the paystubs for retroactive details and deductions made so you may have questions particular to your own calculations.       I  also acknowledge that there are some staff with some questions about their wage grid placement and we are working through some individual issues.

If you have questions about either your wage grid  placement or your retroactive payment amount  please email those to me.   Do not call payroll as they will not have the details necessary to answer your question.  Those questions will be coordinated through me.     

 Other changes for the collective agreement increases.

For the benefit changes we are working with Greenshield on those changes.   We are planning for an open enrolment period for benefits in May.   Details on that will be sent to the union representatives and then a general communication will come out as we have a number of other union groups doing the open enrolment at the same time.

There are changes relating to on call,  stand by and payment for holiday work for part time  that will also have some retroactive increases to the date of the award and those are not  yet calculated on this retroactive payment.  We are targeting to have those changes calculated retroactively to the date of the award to be paid for the first pay deposit in June.

If you have any questions please let me know.  Thank you again for your patience while this work is in the process of being completed.  Sharon Morris