UNIFOR Rally for Oshawa GM

Please try to attend to support our Union Sisters and Brothers from Unifor/Oshawa GM


Workers rally to save Oshawa GM plant

January 03, 2019

WINDSOR – As General Motors (GM) hosts an investor event to pitch its corporate direction, including expanding production in Mexico, workers from across Ontario will rally across from GM’s Detroit headquarters to urge the automaker to continue operating its Oshawa Assembly Plant and maintain production in Canada.

“Oshawa is GM’s most flexible plant, capable of making cars, SUVs and trucks, there is every reason for it to keep manufacturing here unless the company plans to disinvest from Canada, ” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “GM’s decision to leave Oshawa without product while ramping up manufacturing in Mexico is a slap in the face to all Canadians.”

After receiving almost $11 billion in bailout money from Canada, Unifor is also calling on the Ontario and Federal governments to press GM to reverse its decision to end vehicle production in Oshawa at the end of 2019.

GM enters 2019 as the largest auto manufacturer in Mexico, even though that country did not contribute a dime to the 2008 bailout.

WHAT:               Rally to save GM Oshawa and demand continued production in Canada  

WHEN:              Friday, January 11 11:00 AM EST

WHERE:            Dieppe Gardens 78 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario

WHO:                Speakers to include:

Jerry Dias, Unifor National President
Colin James, President, Unifor Local 222 (Oshawa)
Greg Moffatt, Plant Chair, Unifor Local 222 (Oshawa)
Additional guest speakers
For more information visit SaveOshawaGM.ca. <http://www.saveoshawagm.ca/>

Health Care Rally at Queen’s Park


















Please see message below from OPSEU Region 1 Board Members

(Len Elliott, Laurie Nancekivell and Philip Shearer)

Hello Region 1 Sisters and Brothers,

We are planning a Rally At Queens Park!
Please register to make sure you have a seat on the bus!
Please REPLY to ALL 3 of us (Philip, Laurie, Len)
There will be 2 Buses leaving from Region 1 on October 23rd and arriving in Toronto approximately 11:00am.
These are the routes and stops along the way.
London Bus: 1092 Dearness Ave. London (OPSEU Office) – 8:00am Arrival and Boarding in LONDON with 8:30am Departure
– The bus will stop in Woodstock at parking the lot behind Days Inn at Juliana Drive and Bruin Blvd (dead end street with parking lot on right where members will be waiting)
Windsor Buses: 6:00am Arrival and Boarding in WINDSOR with 6:30am Departure
-The Windsor Bus to stop in Chatham at Bloomfield Rd & 7th Line West in the car pool lot South of 401 (hope this is enough info) – This bus to stops in London as well -1092 Dearness Dr for Food and possible Passengers.
2nd bus will stop in London for Food pickup and possible passenger pickup.
The buses will drop our members off at 585 University Ave in Toronto for a quick OPSEU Meeting and Rally and than make our way to Queens Park half a block away.
Queens Park Arrivals for ALL buses approx. 11:00
Departure from Queens Park approx. 1:30pm (however many buses departing at that time so there may be some delay)
There will be marshals at Queens Park when we arrive guiding buses for drop off.
Thank you and we are looking forward to a great rally with all of the other Regions!!
If there are any questions or you think of something else please call.
In solidarity,
Len Elliott
Philip – 519-494-7301
Laurie – 519-280-2151
Actual Schedule of Buses:
Windsor Bus Arrangements:
6:00am for Boarding of members and food
6:30am Departure Sharp
8:30am – Windsor Bus WILL Stop in Chatham Car Pool lot for member pick up (Bloomfield Rd & 7 Line W)
-London Stop for FOOD & Passengers
11:00am Arrival at 585 University Ave (Toronto General Hospital)
1:30pm Departure from Queens Park
-Stop in London & Chatham to drop members off on way home
6:00pm Arrival Back in Windsor (approx.)
If NO member pick up in London the bus does NOT need to stop in London on way home.
London Bus Arrangements:
8:00am Boarding in London
8:30am Sharp Departure from London
9:00am – Bus WILL Stop in Woodstock for member Pick up (approx.)
11:00am Arrival at 585 University Ave (Toronto General Hospital)
1:30pm Departure from Queens Park
3:45pm Approx. arrival back in London
Bus will stop in Woodstock to drop off members they picked up

Reminder-Town Hall Meeting Thursday March 31st

All are welcome to attend


Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting-Windsor Essex Health Coalition


I am calling on members of Local 101 to attend a Town Hall Meeting, organized by the Windsor Health  Coalition. 

At our last Local Executive meeting we had discussion about taking some action….  This is our opportunity to make a statement . 

We encounter numerous work load issues  in many of our Allied Health professions including forced over-time, no replacement coverage, increased workload. 

These are all due to staffing reductions and attrition. 

We are also dealing with job losses as programs are being privatized. 

It is time to save our jobs and to ensure proper Health Care for the citizens of this community. 

I challenge all of our membership to bring 5 people with them, co-workers, family, friends, neighbors.

This Town Hall meeting is going to kick off a campaign to stop Healthcare cuts.




In Solidarity, 

Gary Van Nest, President OPSEU Local 101


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.

Rally for Striking OPSEU 294 Members employed by Care Partners



Striking OPSEU  Local 294 Members

Our fellow OPSEU Members Local 294 employed by Care Partners,  have been on strike for 14 weeks. 

The striking workers are mostly registered practical nurses (RPNs), though there are some registered nurses (RNs) and team assistants, who match nurses with patients.

They serve about 1,800 CCAC clients in Niagara and Norfolk.

The workers say they want to be paid by the hour, not by the patient. 

Erin Warman, president of  OPSEU Local 294, says as an RPN she’s paid $17.56 per visit — visits that can take as long as three hours.

We are asking our OPSEU Local 101 members  support our Sisters and Brothers in OPSEU Local 294 at a rally.

When: July 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Where:  Care Partners Office- 3099 Forest Glade Drive Windsor, Ontario

These members would really appreciate your support. 

In solidarity.