Health Care Divisional Council
March 7, 2014
OPSEU is pleased that the report by the Health Professionals Regulatory
Advisory Council (HPRAC) recommends that paramedics not be regulated
under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991(RHPA).
March 6, 2014
OPSEU Local 206 has reached a tentative agreement with
CML Healthcare (a division of LifeLabs LP) for the first
Collective Agreement between the parties.
March 4, 2014
OPSEU Paramedics came out in force on Thursday, February 27 for the second
reading of Bill 67, which passed with the support of all three parties.
February 24, 2014
On February 18-20 the bargaining team met with the Employer
for the first time across the table and exchanged proposals.
February 14, 2014
Support workers at Ontario's Canadian Blood Services start
bargaining on Tuesday, February 18.
February 10, 2014 SuThe Local Health Integration
Networks should themselves be subject to integration, says OPSEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
January 22, 2014 Support the PTSD Bill. Please come
to the second reading of Bill 67at the Ontario Legislature on Thursday,
February 27, 2014. more...
January 21, 2014 The Ontario Government has announced an
expansion of the community role for paramedics, with a view to improving access
to care for seniors and other patients with chronic conditions.
January 2, 2014 Home support workers in Renfrew county have set a Jan. 14
strike vote after contract talks break down.
18, 2013 Wearing a helmet is important for all ages to make sure a fun day in the snow doesn’t end in tragedy.
10, 2013 The best support you can offer this paramedic is silence.
December 2, 2013 The 130 staff of Frontenac Community Mental
Health and Addictions Services will be in a legal strike position as of midnight
November 20, 2013 OPSEU member Julie Colgan from local 147 at
Middlesex-London EMS has taken time off work and is currently in the
Philippines with the organization Global Medic.
November 6, 2013 OPSEU and CUPE employees at
the March of Dimes joined forces today in Toronto to protest against the
agency’s lock-out of workers at its Oakville housing complex
November 4, 2013 Please join OPSEU Local 262
and CUPE Local 966 at a rally in support of locked-out March of Dimes workers in
November 4, 2013 CBS & Diagnostics Newsletter:
new executive, by-laws update, logo contest and more.
October 21, 2013 The Ontario March of Dimes in Oakville has issued an ultimatum that its workers must either work for less or be locked out. Please join us October 24
October 9, 2013 If so you might be
missing out on one of the most important benefits your employer provides.
October 7, 2013 Gerry Lee released his
Arbitration Award for OPSEU and OAHPP on October 4th, 2013. Each of our three
employee groupings in our bargaining units received some sort of increase
without the Union having to take any concessions.
October 3, 2013 An open letter from the
Presidents of Unions with members in the health care sector.
October 2, 2013 The HPD call package is now
available for download. Demands submission deadline is October 18, 2013.
September 23, 2013 The Hospital Professionals Division (HPD
- Sector 10) convened a successful Pre-Bargaining Conference on September 16th
at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.
Staying Safe and Free of Workplace Injuries could very well be on every
member’s wish list as this is all too often a part of our life.
September 12, 2013 Two years after their organizing drive an arbitrator has
handed down an award to hospital professionals in Arnprior
August 15, 2013 Workers at Nipissing Mental Health
Housing and Support Services in North Bay reached a tentative agreement with
their employer late last evening. The deal was ratified later this morning at a
meeting of the membership
July 25, 2013 OPSEU members stand for medicare along with thousands of others in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
August 7, 2012 OPSEU Ambulance division want to remind you that insect bites and stings can be more than just a pain.
May 27, 2013 Paramedics are actively campaigning to stop the County of
Frontenac from imposing funding cuts to ambulance service. . The Local has
now learned the $225,000 budget cut will be used instead for auditorium
See news link
May 21, 2013
Cuts to ambulances services will threaten residents in the Country of Frontenac
and the city of Kinston if the municipality reduces ambulance services
May 7, 2013 Join OPSEU Paramedics from Frontenac Ambulance Service for an info picket at the Cataraqui Town Centre on Saturday, May 11.
April 16, 2013 The Ministry of Health and Long Term
Care is activating its Emergency Operations Centre in response to the outbreak
of a novel influenza known as Influenza A (H7N9) in China.
April 12, 2013 Members of OPSEU Hospital Professionals Division are asked to participate in a demand set survey.
April 12, 2013 All OPSEU paramedics are asked to
complete a questionnaire on the HPRAC website regarding a proposed regulatory
college. The OPSEU Ambulance Division counsels against the establishment of such
a regulatory Body. more...
April 5, 2013 Members of OPSEU CBS
Support (L160-London, L200-Brampton, L210-Hamilton, L477-Ottawa and
L5103-Toronto) are asked to participate in a demand set survey. more...
2013 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union
is supporting the Kingston community plebiscite campaign by sponsoring a new
television commercial to air over the next two weeks on CKWS-TV. more...
January 18, 2013 The Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) for OPSEU support
staff at Canadian Blood Services Toronto, Hamilton, London, Brampton and is now
available for download. more...
January 16, 2013 In addition to fighting off the attacks to the
collective agreement, we also made some significant gains.
December 20, 2012 Support workers at Canadian Blood Services have reached
a tentative agreement after three days of heavy bargaining.. more...
August 16, 2012 Fourteen months after their previous contract expired and only hours before a deadline
that would have seen them locked out, workers for the Ontario March of Dimes in Hamilton have reached a tentative contract
August 14, 2012 Hamilton Ontario March of Dimes outreach workers say they deserve a fair slice of the funding increase their employer has
August 7, 2012 OPSEU Ambulance division want to remind you that insect bites and stings can be more than just a pain. more...
June 6, 2012 OPSEU Paramedics in the Region of Peel are calling on the
Region to treat unionized workers fairly to end two strikes with CUPE 966 and
ensure citizens can access life-sustaining and life-saving services. more...
April 16, 2012 OPSEU Local 462 President, Terry Baker met
with Hamilton Township representative to discuss the township’s tier-emergency
response agreement. more…
March 23, 2012 This week the Health Care Divisional
Council’s Diablogue reached a milestone posting its 500th story since beginning
in January 2010. more…
March 22, 2012: The OPSEU Healthcare Divisional Council (HCDC) is
asking member RPNs to fill out a quick on-line survey to help us
identify specific issues for future campaigns.
OPSEU’s HCDC represents more than 36,000 members including more than
250 professional and support job classifications in seven different
sectors. These include members who work in hospitals, emergency medical
services, home care, public health, mental health, long term care homes,
community health centres, family health teams, Canadian Blood Services
and diagnostic services.
The survey can be found at:
The deadline to complete the survey is
Tuesday, April 9th.
Thank you very much for your input and assistance.
Diablogue is now available in French
February 15, 2012: OPSEU’s popular health care BLOG
will be presented in both official languages beginning this week. A project
of OPSEU’s Health Care Divisional Council, the Diablogue is entering its
third year providing on-going news and analysis about Ontario’s health
system. Read by members, journalists, CEOs, politicians and policy-makers,
Diablogue has become an important forum for both patients and providers. In
the past key stories have been translated and posted on the SEFPO site. Now
all postings will be available in both English and French.
To read Diablogue in French,
To read Diablogue in English,
Health Care Divisional Council Plenary
February 9, 2012: Representatives from seven
divisional executives gather February 9th in Toronto for the annual
Health Care Divisional Council plenary.
Chairs from each divisional executive are seated in
the front row. R to L: Joan Corradetti (Sector 8 – Long Term Care); Jamie Ramage
(Sector 1 – Ambulance); Louise Mulligan-Roy (Sector 17 – Community Health
Professionals) ; Ed Arvelin (Sector 18 – Mental Health); Sara Labelle (Sector 10
– Hospital Professionals); Sean Allen (Sector 19 – Canadian Blood Services and
Diagnostics); and Jill McIlwraith (Sector 11 – Hospital Support).
January 19, 2012 A presentation by the OPSEU Health Care Divisional
Council to the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness. Click
June 21, 2011 The Walk the Talk on Mental Health
Survey results are in. The leaders throughout OPSEU’s sectors and divisions
were asked what they had to say about mental health issues in their workplace,
their clients and their members as well as their own well being .more...
June 17 2011 News Release Arbitrator William
Kaplan has issued an arbitration award for a new three-year collective agreement
covering 9,000 hospital professionals employed in 46 hospitals across Ontario.
May 19, 2011 Voice of Reason - A newsletter for
OPSEU Members working in the Mental Health Division, Spring 2011: For the past
two and a half years, the Liberal government has been talking about how to
improve mental health services across the province while simultaneously cutting
May 16, 2011 Whether you answer a 911 call for help or
respond to an emergency in a time of need, EMS week is an opportunity to
celebrate the important contribution of ambulance workers. It is an opportunity
for communities to recognize our work, dedication and commitment.
May 5, 2011 Workers are fed up waiting for a contract at the Cochrane
Temiskaming Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
April 11, 2011 A joint letter from OPSEU and the Ontario
Hospital Association with an update on the Central Pay Equity process.
March 31, 2011 Members of Local 454, Personal Choice
Independent Living (PCIL), have voted 100 per cent in favour of a new two-year
collective agreement in a ratification vote held March 30
March 24, 2011 It’s Our Nature To Care -
A newsletter for OPSEU Members working in Long Term Care, Spring 2011: The
provincial government has passed the long-awaited Long Term Care Homes Act.
December 20, 2010 In October, OPSEU Local 505 stood
up to a bad employer and filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations
Board (OLRB) arguing discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union
activists at Ornge. more...
December 10, 2010 OPSEU members at Lee Manor Home
for the Aged will be taking home a 3.5 per cent wage increase this holiday
November 3, 2010 WALKERTON: At a public meeting attended
by about 150 people from across Bruce and Grey Counties, members of the
community expressed strong concerns about the way South Bruce Grey Health Centre
is being run. .
October 21, 2010 Ornge workers file Labour Board complaint citing discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists.
October 13, 2010 OPSEU Local 505 has filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Board arguing discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists at Ornge.
October 6, 2010 Despite employer arguments that they
couldn’t afford to pay, an Arbitrator has ruled in favour of increases to wages,
shift premiums and benefits for 400 OPSEU members at Windsor Regional Hospital.
October 1, 2010 The Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU) is calling upon the provincial government to improve
health care supports on the first National Seniors Day
September 23, 2010 Kitchen ‘transition’ at SBGHC upsets staff and forces one physician to use tongue depressor as cutlery .
August 17, 2010 Work is continuing on the HPD Central Pay Equity process.
June 17, 2010 As of July 1, 2010, the Needle Safety
Regulation (O.Reg.474/07) will finally apply in all workplaces where a
hollow-bore needle is used for therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic
or cosmetic purpose. more..
Peterborough rally to save hospital services this Thursday
The Peterborough Regional Health Centre has unveiled a
draft plan that will cut more than 170 full-time equivalent jobs, cut
beds and reduce the capacity of the hospital to serve the community. The
Peterborough Health Coalition is organizing a rally to send a message to
their MPP that these services are needed in the community.
When: Thursday, June 17 / 5 pm
Where: Millenium Park, Peterborough
For more information, see
April 15, 2010 OPSEU has produced a new booklet
(available for download) for all members and stewards who are covered by the
Hospitals of Ontario Disability Income Program (HOODIP). more...
Cutting public health lab makes no sense – OPSEU
January 25, 2010: OPSEU
President Warren (Smokey) Thomas urges Ontario
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to reverse the
decision to close the Windsor public health lab.
Click here to read the letter.
here to read the press release.
OPSEU urges LHIN to keep Shelburne Hospital
January 25, 2010: Any
decision regarding the future of the Shelburne
Hospital is premature, says OPSEU. In a letter to
Central West Local Health Integration Network Chair
Joe McReynolds, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey)
Thomas asks the LHIN to overturn a decision by
Headwaters Health Care Centre to close the Shelburne
Click here to read the letter
A long fight over - mental health services get
permanent funding at Lakeridge
January 20, 2010 Diablogue:
At first it looked like a re-run of 2007’s fight to save
mental health services at Lakeridge Health in East
Durham. Without dedicated funding, Lakeridge’s mental
health services stood between the hospital and its legal
obligation to balance its budget. January 19 the Central
East LHIN confirmed their decision to deny Lakeridge the
ability to cut these services, stating new funding had
Second LHIN review of Peterborough hospital likely to
ignore historic underfunding
January 13, 2010: The peer review of
Peterborough’s new hospital is the latest review by the
Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) that will likely
ignore the central problem – there isn’t enough funding for
the hospital and supporting community services. By Warren
New OPSEU health care DiaBlogue provides critical link
“Dialogue,” the newsletter
of the OPSEU Health Care
Council is now “DiaBlogue” – a new interactive web BLOG. .
OPSEU represents over 30,000 health care workers and has created
a Health Care Divisional Council to provide one strong voice for
health care within the union.
Divisional Council provides an umbrella for OPSEU’s seven health care Divisions:
Community Health Care Professionals Division,
Hospital Professionals Division,
Hospital Support Division,
Long Term Care Facilities Division,
Mental Health Division,
Canadian Blood Services and Diagnostics
provides a forum for sharing information on issues that affect more than
one Division and for developing common strategies and approaches.
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