Regional 1 – Virtual Education

Member Education

January 24, 35, 26, 2023

Zoom Virtual 6:30 – 9:30pm

Deadline: Monday, January 16th at 4:30pm

Topics offered:

Advanced Grievance Handling

Stewards 2: Facing the Employer and Building Member Involvement

Newly Updated: Political Action for Union Activists

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Join the rally to support public hospitals!

Join the rally to support public hospitals!

The Ford government’s policies are making the crisis in our hospitals worse. Join the Ontario Health Coalition for a protest at the corner of Tecumseh and Walker Road (beside the Windsor Hospital) to protect public hospitals.

OPSEU/SEFPO members are encouraged to bring signs and messages to tell Doug Ford to finally take urgent action to restore and rebuild our public hospital services; stop privatizing them!

Join healthcare providers, patients, advocates and all those who depend on public healthcare for themselves and their families, in this emergency rally to defend our hard-fought for public healthcare system.

No hospital employee is allowed to walk off the job to attend this rally, however, you can participate on your unpaid lunch break, and must ensure there is no negative impact to patient care. Those that are not on shift at the time of the rally are encouraged to participate in support of all Public Hospital Workers. Let’s make our message clear!

 

Date: Monday, December 12

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location: Corner of Tecumseh & Walker Road, Windsor

(beside Windsor Regional Hospital)

If you are able to make it, please contact Tracey Ramsey at ohc@sympatico.ca

If you are not able to make it to the protest but still want to get involved, visit the Ontario Health Coalition’s website.

A historic victory for workers and public services as the court strikes down Bill 124: OPSEU/SEFPO

(Reposted from www.opseu.org)

TORONTO – OPSEU/SEFPO is calling it a win for hundreds of thousands of workers as the Ontario Superior Court declares Doug Ford government’s wage-stifling Bill 124 “void and of no effect.”

The decision comes following a court challenge launched by a coalition of unions and associations, including OPSEU/SEFPO, seeking to declare Bill 124’s wage cap unconstitutional. The court found the law violated workers’ right to freedom of association and substantially and unjustifiably interfered with collective bargaining rights.

“This is a historic victory and a further example of what can be accomplished when workers and unions stand together to fight to protect our Charter rights,” said JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President. “Now we’re calling on the Ford government to accept this decision instead of proceeding with an appeal so we can chart a pathway to a solution to the staffing crisis that is plaguing the public sector.”

Bill 124 caps public sector compensation at one per cent, at a time when inflation is at a forty-year high and when public health care is facing a staffing crisis due to Ford’s wage restrictions.

“This is a win for all workers,” said Laurie Nancekivell, First Vice-President/Treasurer of OPSEU/SEFPO. “Our message to this government is to respect the court’s decision, skip the appeal and move forward to fix the underfunding and understaffing crisis in public services.”

OPSEU/SEFPO will pursue all avenues to re-open negotiations that were stifled by Bill 124.

“This is not the first time this government has sought to attack the rights of workers. We need to make it the last,” said Hornick. “Our members—health care workers, education workers, frontline public service workers–deserve a significant remedy after having their rights trampled and after sacrificing so much during the pandemic and long before it.”

Happy MRT Week November 6 – 12!

MRT Week is an annual celebration (which falls on the week of November 8th every year) of the essential role that medical radiation technologists (MRTs) play in the healthcare system.

MRTs deliver professional imaging and radiation-related treatment services with a caring touch, allowing patients to fully benefit from the latest in medical diagnostic and treatment technology.

Thank you MRTs for all you do all year long!

 

Happy Labour Day message from our Local President

HAPPY LABOUR DAY TO EVERYONE!

Hope this day finds you all healthy, happy and enjoying, even a small moment of time to reflect on the huge contribution to the workplace, that is, our OPSEU Local 101 and its members. You are the foundation that keeps things running, no matter what. Your dedication and hard work have proven that, without a doubt. We must continue to stand together and support each other. We are stronger when we are joined and we are resilient when we aid each other in our efforts to stand united. Labour Day and every day, is a time to recognize those efforts.

In acknowledgement of that, the annual OPSEU 101 Labour Day Gift Card Draw has been completed. The winners will be posted on the website and emailed to the General Membership early next week with dates and times and locations for the winners to pick up their $50 Gift Card. Congratulations to everyone who won in the random draw.

Today, take the time to reflect on family, friends and colleagues and know that you are appreciated for your efforts on all fronts.  Although this Labour Day may find many of us working, may you all have a safe and memorable day.

In Solidarity,

Susan Bohnert Hamelin, OPSEU President Local 101

Labour Day 2022: it’s all about solidarity!

(reposted from www.opseu.org)

Public Holidays in Canada- Labour Day is an official holiday

Monday, September 5 is Labour Day, and OPSEU/SEFPO members will be taking part in events in our communities with friends, fellow workers and our labour and community allies to recognise the strength of solidarity and celebrate the labour movement and working people.

It’s especially important this Labour Day for all our members and the wider labour movement to stand alongside OPSEU/SEFPO Local 546 safety inspectors. They have been on strike for more than six weeks fighting for a fair deal from their employer, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).

Safety inspectors do essential work to keep our communities safe and we stand with them in their fight for respect and a fair deal.

Their employer has prioritized union-busting over public safety. Since safety is a provincial responsibility, we need you to send a message to Premier Doug Ford to intervene and get TSSA back to the table.

Join the Solidarity for Safety mass actions this Labour Day (organized in conjunction with our labour allies):

  • Print and sign the Ontario Federation of Labour petition (to be read in the Ontario Legislature by MPP Jamie West). Contact OPSEUCommunications@opseu.org for info on how to return signed petitions.
  • Join the TYRLC’s mass text action by texting SAFETY to 55255 and join the call for Ford to put public safety first!

You can also Take Action online – be sure to share the link with friends, family, co-workers, and your communities.

Click here for a full list of Labour Day events in Ontario – and across Canada – provided by the Canadian Labour Congress.

Have a safe and happy Labour Day Weekend!

In solidarity,

JP Hornick, President
Laurie Nancekivell, First Vice-President/Treasurer

Demand Set Meetings – Save the date!

Attention all OPSEU Local 101 members!

Please save the date for your Demand Set Meeting:

WRH DEMAND SET MEETING- Tuesday Sept 27th

HDGH DEMAND SET MEETING- Wednesday Sept 28th

Location and times to be confirmed in future communications. Dinner will be served. 

If you have not done so already, be sure to complete the Demand Set Survey by clicking the link in the above menu bar. 

Hospital Professionals Division central bargaining 2022: Explanation of changes to agreement

As OPSEU local 101 members you may have received a recent email from the OPSEU Hospital Professionals Division and the central bargaining agreement arbitration award.

This agreement was negotiated Centrally so our local will be using it as a comparator for our upcoming bargaining. Even though WRH and HDGH do not bargain Centrally, this is our benchmark entering negotiation.

The Hospital Professionals Division bargaining team has scheduled two virtual information sessions for July 13. Please join them if you are available: 12 to 1 p.m and 7 to 8 p.m.

 

Click here to go to the main OPSEU website for Zoom links and more information on the arbitration award specifics

 

Region 1 BBQ on July 12th!

Your OPSEU Region 1 board is hosting a free BBQ and all local 101 members are welcome to attend!

Where: the OPSEU/SEFPO office, 3005 Marentette Ave, Windsor

When: Tuesday, July 12th from 11am to 2pm

We hope to see many come out and join us for networking and a bite to eat!

 

 

Celebrate Health Professionals Week June 19-25!

Reposted from www.opseu.org

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Every year, in the third week of June, we recognize, celebrate and show our appreciation for the “unstoppable” determination that all our health professionals demonstrate, day-in and day-out.

By marking this very important week and taking the time to come together in solidarity, we hope to have Health Professionals Week legislated soon in Ontario. In the meantime, we must continue to increase awareness of the vast and critical roles you all undertake throughout the entire arc of patient care.

Happy Health Professionals Week!

In solidarity,

Sara Labelle

Chair, OPSEU/SEFPO Hospital Professionals Division