Black History Month Forum – free and open to the public

In commemoration of Black History Month, OPSEU/SEFPO’s Coalition of Racialized Workers (CoRW) will be hosting their annual Black History Month forum on February 25, 2022.

This year’s event will spotlight and celebrate the resistance, resilience and triumphs of Black people across Ontario, past and present. Join us to recognize an incredible roster of change makers and community builders that walk among us.

 

When: Friday, February 25, 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all registered participants in advance of the event)

 

For any questions or to register, please contact equity@opseu.org with your name and union number.

This event is free and open to all members of the public.

The deadline to register is Thursday, February 24, 2022.

OPSEU Young Workers Educational Opportunity

This is a special invitation to any young OPSEU workers!

Understanding the rules that govern the functioning of the union and how to participate in meetings will help young workers understand their role and that their voice matters in their local. This educational opportunity gives young workers the tools they need to participate openly, freely and with the knowledge of how things work to provide a welcoming environment for all.

Event details:

Jan. 27th 7-9pm and Jan 29th 10:30am-12:30pm

On Zoom with Laurie Nancekivell (Regional VP) and Taylor McIntosh (Region 1 Provincial Young Worker Rep)

Register with Taylor by Text 519-670-3837 or Email mcintosh.t7@gmail.com

Zoom Link to follow

The RSVP deadline is Jan. 25th, 2022.

All members welcome, with preference given to young workers

Holiday Greetings from OPSEU 101 president

Happy Holidays From AMN

Hello Everyone,

Just reaching out to all of you to wish you a very happy and healthy Holiday Season. Everyone has worked so hard and shown exceptional dedication over the last year in the face of all the ongoing challenges. Be proud of what you have done and what you can accomplish in the future. Be kind to yourself and to one another. We have much to be grateful for and with each other’s continued support, we will continue to stay strong.

In peace, strength and solidarity,

Susan Bohnert Hamelin, OPSEU Local 101 President

Come out to vote on Monday, November 15th!

All OPSEU Local 101 members are encouraged to stop by and cast an election ballot for their new Local Executive. 

 

Date & Times: Monday, November 15th anytime between 8am and 8pm

Location: Royal Canadian Legion on 1570 Marentette Avenue, Windsor

 

The open ballot box process will be simple, and similar to how we are used to voting in government elections. Your candidates will be listed on a ballot and you simply check off your choices and leave. 

For those that turn out to vote, your names will be entered for some prizes!

Please come out and show your support for your local!

 

NOTE: If there is no winner for any particular position (50%+1) we will require a vote for only those positions on November 16, 2021. An invite will be sent out if this required.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

We hope our members have the opportunity to safely gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend. 

Sunday, October 10th is also World Mental Health Day. It is a day to raise awareness and advocate for better care for those with mental health issues worldwide. Take some extra time this weekend to look after your own mental health and check in with those you love. Remember that confidential EAP support is always available.

Mental Health matters. The following OPSEU video gives some great tips for holistic wellness and mental health. 

 

September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day

The day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honours Indigenous survivors, and is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process.

Wearing an orange shirt on this day expresses our desire to open the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on. 

Take some time to learn more about the history of Residential Schools in Canada by watching this video. Wear an orange shirt on September 30th to show your support. 

 

OPSEU Virtual Drag Contest – Sept 19th

Rainbow Alliance Arc-en-Ciel

Attention all members: OPSEU/SEFPO’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel is holding its first Virtual Drag Contest! The lucky winners will perform during the live broadcast of OPSEU/SEFPO’s Virtual Pride Event in North Bay, Ontario, on September 19, 2021!

 

Sunday, September 19th between 7 and 9:30pm

Check out the main OPSEU website for details

Collective Agreement finalized!

The long awaited renewal of the new Collective Agreement has been finalized. You can view these on our Local 101 website by clicking on “Documents” and scrolling down to “Collective Agreements.”

I would like to thank the Bargaining Team for all their hard work and perseverance. The process was a long haul and there were many challenges along the way. The group put forward a tremendous effort to ensure everyone was represented fairly and equitably and maintained their position when they were challenged by the Employer. Much time and effort went into preparing and presenting for the various stages of the bargaining process and the Team can be proud of the outcome.

Thank you all for your efforts and for being patient throughout the process.

 

In Solidarity,

Susan

Region 1 Virtual Gathering – September 11th, 2021

Best Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe - How to Cook Corn on the Grill

Region 1’s annual corn roast is Saturday September 11th, 2021.  The event will begin at 1:00 pm.  A Zoom link will be sent out to members. This year there will be a Trivial Pursuit game as well as a Scavenger Hunt.

Members of Region 1 are invited to participate in a Region 1 Cookbook. If you have excellent recipes in mind, please include your name, your Local # and 1 to 3 sentences that describes the importance of your recipe to you.  These can be submitted by August 31st, 2021 to: opseucookbook@gmail.com

Weekend Virtual Educational Course – Sept 25/26, 2021

Member Education/Formation des Membres logo

 

Attention all Local 101 members! Please consider registering for this upcoming weekend educational course Saturday September 25 & Sunday September 26. It is entirely online via Zoom. Topics in this educational include:

 

Stewards 1 (Stewards Orientation)

Stewards 2: Facing the Employer, Building Member Involvement

Advanced Grievance Handling for Union Building

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism (DABR)

Workplace Surveillance: Know Your Rights

Mental Health: Challenging the Stigma in the Workplace

 

Additional Information and to register

Deadline is September 7, 2021