OPSEU Local 101 Scholarships 2018

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WRH Negotiation Update

Hello OPSEU L.101 Members,

The Negotiating team wanted to update everyone that we have met several times with the Employer working toward a new collective agreement.  (The current Collective Agreement expired March 31,2016.)

We are meeting with the Employer again in April and will continue to provide updates as to our progress.

Michele Buchanan

1st V.P. OPSEU L. 101

2017 OPSEU Local 101 Labour Day Gift Card Winners

Happy Labour Day from OPSEU Local 101

OPSEU Local 101 Labour Day Gift Card Winners

  1. Melissa Fisk
  2. Joanne Calamita
  3. Tammy Dipierdomenico
  4. Lisa Smith
  5. Christine Gosslein
  6. Manon O’ Sullivan
  7. Dante DeBendictis
  8. Chris Kay
  9. Stephanie Bula
  10. Lisa Skeineh
  11. Anthony Paton
  12. Enrica Cote
  13. Monique Danelon
  14. Anne McLauchlan
  15. Claudia McCarton
  16. Marissa Goulet
  17. Rosemary Hogan-Kobrynovich
  18. Nancy Bencak
  19. Colleen Bruner- Pelletier
  20. Alina Baltador
  21. Andrea Fryer
  22. Judy VanNest
  23. Brenda Garant
  24. Mary Emery
  25. Rojan Golbaz
  26. Christina McCaw
  27. Christine Suzor
  28. Connie Grossett
  29. Denise Pace
  30. Angela Beaudry
  31. Tracy Henley
  32. Linda Robinson
  33. Leanne Pinkowski
  34. Daniela Lee
  35. Marion Burke
  36. Ian Taylor
  37. Ann Marie Huzel
  38. Kimberly Nantau
  39. Sherry Hill
  40. Laura Simons
  41. Chris Kreibich
  42. Angela Companion
  43. Christine Sole-Tetreault
  44. Stephanie Shaw
  45. Caroline Choudhry
  46. Shirley Lee
  47. Kimberley Mellow
  48. Mary Magic
  49. Rose Loscher
  50. Janice Sinasac
  51. Kristen Porto
  52. Patricia Nguyen
  53. Marylou Anderson
  54. Kristina McCelland
  55. Jessica Herdman
  56. Pauline Ross
  57. Victoria Pennetti
  58. Daniel Fryer
  59. Nicole Damboise
  60. Stacey Dunn
  61. Amanpreet Chana
  62. Jeff Reed
  63. Rosemary Simmons
  64. Kaela Van Ham
  65. Karla Marchand
  66. Brittany Meloche
  67. Sharon Timpson
  68. Stephanie Divecchia
  69. Marcy Beauchamp
  70. Sarah Renaud
  71. Lori Laughton
  72. Marilena Pizzo
  73. Lisa Jazvac
  74. Kerry Ann Brooks
  75. Shawna Williams
  76. Kiran Sasidharan
  77. Linda Card
  78. Candice Chevalier
  79. Kelly Wright
  80. Chantal Beausoleil
  81. Jayme Zukiwsky
  82. Jodi Lessard
  83. Joanne Pignanelli
  84. Lisa Powell
  85. Kimberly Donais
  86. Laura McNamara
  87. Christopher Cookson
  88. Heather Diotte
  89. Stephanie Slaught
  90. Joel Furlotte
  91. Jennifer Nugent
  92. Laura Renaud
  93. Jenna Renwick
  94. Manmander Matharu
  95. Daniel Broderick
  96. Emily Hicks
  97. Thuy Diep
  98. Luana Milani
  99. Leah Meloche

100) Kaitlyn Hicks                                

101) Michelle Watkins

OPSEU Local 101 President Gary Van Nest will be distributing Gift Cards at the following times and locations:



Sept. 5/17

HDGH Cafeteria:        8:00 – 9:00       

Ouellette Cafeteria:   9:15 – 10:15

Met Cafeteria:         12:00 – 1:00


Sept. 6/17

HDGH Cafeteria:        12:00 – 1:00

Ouellette Cafeteria:   1:30 – 2:30

Met Cafeteria:         3:00 – 4:00


Sept. 7/17

Met Cafeteria:         12:00 – 1:00

HDGH Cafeteria:        1:30 – 2:30

Ouellette Cafeteria:   3:00 – 4:00


Further Pick-ups will be at the demand set meetings:

Fogolar Furlan WRH employees, on Oct. 10/17 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Fogolar Furlan HDGH employees, on Oct. 11/17 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Please remember your number on the list and cards that haven’t been picked up by October 31, 2017 are property of the Local.

2017 OPSEU Local 101 Scholarship Recipients

OPSEU Local 101 would like to say  thank you to all the  students  who applied for the 2017 OPSEU 101 Scholarship.

There was great effort and consideration put into every application and essay.

Once again thank you for all of your hard work and we wish you all the best in your studies.

Thank you to the 2017 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Committee-Kulwinder Flora, Brenda Hunt and Sherry Hill

2017 OPSEU 101 Scholarship Recipients

Grant Hillman
Makenzie Lauzon
Brianna Laitinen
Brianna Pelle
Stephanie Pinsonneault
Jamie Nicholson
Caleb Hooper
Julia Rajsigl
Celeste Giovanatti
Arianna Milani
Taya Guarnaccia
Diana Magic
Avery Walpole

OPSEU Local 101 2017 Donation Recipients

Donation Committee Members L-R Ivana Dunn, Manmander Matharu and Jennifer Burton-Liang

OPSEU Local 101 is proud to  donate $5000 per year to  Charitable Organizations.

The Donation Committee has worked very diligently reviewing and researching requests from local charitable organizations.

As a result of their meticulous work, they have selected the following organizations;

We thank the Donations Committee for volunteering their time in selecting these organizations.

Cheques were presented to the various representatives of these organizations.

We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to these charitable organizations for their work in enriching the lives of many of our residents in the Windsor and Essex County area.

Below are pictures of the presentations on May 9, 2017 to the various charitable organizations.

Presentation of $500.00 donation to Downtown Mission L-R Ivana Dunn, Manmander Matharu, Ron Dunn (Downtown Mission) and Jennifer Burton-Liang


Presentation of $500.00 donation to Harmony in Action L-R Jennifer Burton-Liang, Ivana Dunn, Anita Riccio-Spagnuolo (Harmony in Action) and Manmander Matharu

Presentation of $500.00 donation to the United Way of Windsor Essex. L-R Manmander Matharu, Jennifer Burton-Liang and Lorraine Goddard (United Way Windsor Essex)

Presentation of $500.00 donation to the Windsor Goodfellows. L-R Manmander Matharu, Ivana Dunn and Bruce Tait (Windsor Goodfellows)


Presentation of $500.00 donation to Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (W5) L-R Ivana Dunn, Manmander Matharu, Amina Philbert-Ives (W5), Philippine Ishak (W5) and Jennifer Burton-Liang


Presentation of $1000.00 donation to Windsor Pride Community Education and Resource Center. L-R Jennifer Burton-Liang, R.J. (Bob) Williams (Windsor Pride), Manmander Matharu and Ivana Dunn


Presentation of $1000.00 donation to the Windsor Worker’s Education Centre. L-R Jennifer Burton-Liang, Ivana Dunn, Representative from Windsor Worker’s Education Centre, Paul Chislett (Windsor Worker’s Education Centre) and Manmander Matharu.

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.


WRH/OPSEU 101 Information Sessions for the New Contract

Hello Sisters and Brothers,

Please find  the remaining articles that, along with the Arbitrated Award, become the Collective Agreement.

For the  remaining articles please click here —>Agreed to Items

The Agreement is a 2 year deal which extends from April 1, 2014 and expired on March 31, 2016.

Notice to bargain has already been filed with the Employer and that process will begin at some point down the road. More communication on that process will be posted once we are ready to begin.

In the meantime  we ask that your review the attached document so that you are aware of any/all changes.  To assist you with this, I will be available along with team members to answer any questions you may have.

In order to do this, we have set 4 evenings aside to answer your questions.

In order to facilitate such a large group, we have broken the evenings up into the various groups that you were in prior to this new Contract.

The sessions will be from 5 pm until 7 pm each night and will be at the OPSEU office located at 3005 Marentette Avenue ( just behind Devonshire Mall). 

Drop by with your questions and one of the team or I will be happy to answer them for you.

Monday March 20th—For members previously in the Lab Xray group – Unifor- Met Hospital

Tuesday March 21st– For members previously in the OPSEU Local 142 group- Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital (Ouellette Campus)

Wednesday March 22nd– For Members previously in the Unifor Pharmacy Tech group and the Non Union group at the Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital ( Ouellette Campus)

Thursday March 23rd-For members previously from the OPSEU Local 143 group Windsor Regional Hospital (Met Campus)

Again, these are for you to drop by with any questions you may have and you are not required to remain for the full 2 hours.  There will be no formal presentation, but simply to answer any questions.

As well, I would like to update you with the following information;

Wage increases– are targeted to be on or about the March 10th pay .  Retro will follow within a few pay periods after that.  Since both processes are quite complicated, every attempt is being made to ensure accuracy.  However, if after you receive your increase or retro payment, you have any questions you can forward them to myself, at mforsyth@opseu.org or Sharon Morris at smorris@wrh.on.ca and we will get an answer to you as soon as possible keeping in mind that there are numerous issues that still need to be implemented, so your patience would be greatly appreciated.

Benefits—Benefit changes were effective on March 1st, however it will take a couple of months for Green Shield to move everyone into one group in their data system.  Please keep any receipts that you have from March 1st with regard to benefit coverage and send into Green Shield for reimbursement.  Further information will be forthcoming.

Vacations–  Due to the fact that the award did not come down until February, and the fact that vacation planners/processes had already begun, any changes to vacations will not take effect until 2018.  The new Vacation Planner process will begin in January 2018 and changes to vacation entitlement, lump sum etc will be in the 2018 vacation year.  Therefore the vacation process for this year will remain intact.

Holidays—For those that had Easter Monday as a holiday, this year this will now be a ‘business as usual” day and instead you will have Remembrance Day as a holiday effective immediately.  If there are any issue that arise with regard to the upcoming Easter Monday, please let your steward or contact me so that we can try to resolve the issue

Schedule changes—As the changes to schedules including the equalization of hours, rotation through shifts etc,  is complicated, we will first need to determine the best possible time to start this.  We are in the process of determining current schedule practices and attempting to set a date as to when we will begin the new process in all areas.  Further information will be forthcoming once we have finalized this.

Again, I thank you for your patience and support as we make our way through the implementation of this new Collective Agreement and look forward to answering your questions at the sessions.

In Solidarity,

Marisa Forsyth

Staff Rep.  Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Windsor Office

3005 Marentette Ave Suite 130

N8X 4G1


Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Recognizes OPSEU 101 Steward Stephanie Robinson



Social Worker Stephanie Robinson, MSW, has been working as a service coordinator at the Regional Children’s Centre (RCC) since 2010. Over the past five years she has helped countless families access the services they need for their child or youth experiencing mental health issues. Earlier this year, Stephanie was handed a case that was extremely severe. It involved an immigrant single mother (who didn’t speak English), and her children, some of which required treatment at the RCC. The children had experienced horrific violence and trauma before coming to Canada and are now dealing with post-traumatic stress symptoms. Stephanie’s job was to assess the family’s needs and coordinate services in the community and at the Regional Children’s Centre to meet those needs. She organized a collection of clothing, household items and food that was overwhelmingly successful and in the end delivered 17 bags and boxes of items to the family. She worked with community agencies to get the family language services, transportation assistance to appointments, and helped find them a family doctor with the Windsor Family Health Team. Stephanie introduced the family to a counsellor from the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre and therapists at the RCC. Even more, she arranged for them to benefit from the United Way Luncheon program which provided mom and the children with lunch when they came for their treatment here. When asked to comment on Stephanie’s involvement with this family, Kerri Ann Cowan, Manager of Intake and Service Planning at the RCC said, “Stephanie Robinson is the consummate professional. Each and every day at the Regional Children’s Centre, Stephanie is faced with challenging scenarios and families in need. Most recently Stephanie has done an exceptional job working with an immigrant family and coordinating their treatment needs. When this family required translation services, Stephanie found them. When the family struggled with transportation, Stephanie accessed rides for them to their appointments. She also provided the family with necessities such as food and clothing. What a perfect example of “Changing Lives Together”. Kudos to you Stephanie! I hope you know how much your work is valued and appreciated.” Stephanie said the family has been great to work with, and that they have made a positive impact on her. “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with this family. They are a wonderful family, so grateful, polite, and thankful – they have made a difficult job easier just by their sheer resilience. The children are thriving here already, it is just amazing. They are now into sports, have joined clubs and are doing well academically –thanks to the great team we have working with them.” Thanks to Stephanie, our therapists at the RCC and our partners in the community are Changing Lives Together. (from the 2014/2015 HDGH Annual Report)

OPSEU Local 101 – 2015 Labour Day Gift Card Winners

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Happy Labour Day from OPSEU Local 101!


Please find below the 101 Winners of OPSEU Local 101’s Annual Labour Day Gift Card Draw*


1.    Jenna Peltier- WRH

2.    Janet Frederick- HDGH

3.    Jasmine Brzoska- HDGH

4.    Rose Loscher- WRH

5.    Lauren Merritt- WRH

6.    Louise Lafleur- WRH

7.    Brenda Hunt- WRH

8.    Andrew Lombardo- WRH

9.    Jennifer Beausoleil- WRH

10. Pamela Golish-WRH

11. Joseph Pignanelli-HDGH

12. Logaraaj Karalasingam-WRH

13. Jene Xin Ying Chen- WRH

14. Kerry O’Neil-WRH

15. Anhthy Vu-WRH

16. Kimberlee Kourtsidis-WRH

17. Alexander Reidel-HDGH

18. Donna Keegan- HDGH

19. Kelly Gomer- WRH

20. Krislyn Schiefer- HDGH

21. Erika Denzinger- WRH

22. David Nadalin- WRH

23. Elaine Haas- WRH

24. Donna Serifi- HDGH

25. Shari Tosic- WRH

26. Janice Thomas- WRH

27. Anne MacIntyre- WRH

28. Sarah Renaud- HDGH

29. Zoe Solet- HDGH

30. Andrea Golob- WRH

31. Lisa Greenwood- WRH

32. Jenna Renwick- HDGH

33. Christine Suzor- WRH

34. Misty Katona- WRH

35. Melanie Houchen- WRH

36. Sharon Letourneau- WRH

37. Sally Bratt- WRH

38. Dawn Fenton- WRH

39. Pawel Kita- WRH

40. Stephanie Beneteau- HDGH

41. Amanpreet Chana- WRH

42. Carla Milevski- HDGH

43. Stephanie Meloche- WRH

44. Sean Purton- WRH

45. Giuseppe Colella- HDGH

46. Katerina Clancy- WRH

47. Dora Donlon- HDGH

48. Rosemarie Stephen- WRH

49. Giselle Hillman- WRH

50. Christine Cervi- WRH

51. Donna Pilutti- WRH

52. Stephanie Shaw- WRH

53. Jessica Cadotte- WRH

54. Megan Maheson- HDGH

55. Connie Grossett-WRH

56. Ian Taylor- WRH

57. Christopher Desimone- WRH

58. Shirley Lee- HDGH

59. Jennifer Brzozowski- WRH

60. Lidia Yrigoyen-Dacruz- WRH

61. Lisa Ruthven- WRH

62. Sheila Zangari- WRH

63. Daniel Balcomb- WRH

64. Rodolio Beltran- WRH

65. Greg Feys- WRH

66. Bozena Kolanska- WRH

67. Lisa Siimes- WRH

68. Robert Angus- WRH

69. Brendan Docherty- HDGH

70. Brenda Bartosek- HDGH

71. Alice Nishizaki- WRH

72. Jeff Liebrock- WRH

73. Lucia Tintoi- WRH

74. Ivanka Vanschaik- WRH

75. Erin Balyo- WRH

76. Julie Laing- HDGH

77. Stephanie Slaught- WRH

78. Claudia McCarton- WRH

79. Kristina McClelland- WRH

80. Nadia Rennert- HDGH

81. Jonathan Leung- HDGH

82. Jennifer Cipkar- WRH

83. Michelle Knezic- WRH

84. Nancy Hannon- WRH

85. Denise Desbien- HDGH

86. Maciej Jaglarz- HDGH

87. Cheryl Singer- WRH

88. Amy Zanetti- WRH

89. Jackie Sauerwein- WRH

90. Margaret Leblanc- WRH

91. Joanne Reaume -WRH

92. Nancy Joan- O’Brien- WRH

93. June Reid- HDGH

94. Morena Gjecovic- HDGH

95. Shawna Williams- WRH

96. Dominique Hart- HDGH

97. Paulette Meseck- HDGH

98. Katherine Renaud- WRH

99. Laurie Masse- HDGH

100. Krista Skiba- HDGH

101. Jessica Bauman- WRH


*Times and Locations of Gift Card distribution will be announced later this week.

Region1Weekend Educational February 7-8, 2015





There will be a OPSEU Region 1 Weekend Educational open to OPSEU 101 members on February 7-8, 2015

Courses include:

  • The Aboriginal Journey: Walking Together
  • Basic Grievance Handling for Union Building
  • Local Treasurers’ Course
  • Public Speaking – Finding your voice and connecting with your audience
  • Stewards 1: Making a Difference in the Workplace
  • Workers Health & Safety Training – Modules: Principles of Control; Indoor Air; Cancer

For more information or to register, please click here