MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
March 6, 2014 OPSEU has reached a
landmark settlement with the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG)
with respect to the implementation of all outstanding grievance
awards affecting court reporters in the province.
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
February 27, 2014 Tell Premier Wynne that
you can’t afford to pay more for retiree benefits. Send an e-mail today!
February 26, 2014 Five schools that serve
deaf, blind, blind-deaf and severe-learning disabled students will receive
almost 100 fewer hours of support starting in September.
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
February 21, 2014 Members in the OPS
should soon receive the employer’s Ontario Public Service Employee
Survey 2014. For OPSEU, the timing couldn’t be better.
Responding to the Liberal attack on retiree benefits in the Ontario Public Service
February 19, 2014 Yesterday, the Liberal
announced changes that will increase the cost of extended health benefits for
retired public service employees, LCBO employees, and others in the OPSEU
Pension Trust or the Public Service Pension Plan if they retire on or after
January 1, 2017.
December 16, 2013 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has
expressed grave concerns that the elimination of MNR jobs in the north will result in Franco-Ontarians
not receiving provincial services in French as is their legal right.
December 13, 2013 Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Doug Holyday is
deliberately misleading the public about the wages earned by the employees at ServiceOntario.
December 12, 2013 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has
launched lostinthecloudontario.org to alert people about the risk to the security of their personal information
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
December 9, 2013 Justice for All newsletter: The ministry responsible
for administering justice will contract out transcript production despite legal decisions that have found
transcripts are the bargaining unit work of court reporters and
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
December 4, 2013 The vice chair of the
Grievance Settlement board has ruled the board has no authority to name the
officials in the Ministry of the Attorney General responsible for failing to
implement earlier decisions in the Hunt court reporters case
November 8, 2013 The Ontario government plans
to outsource the storage of some data to the cloud. This has huge ramifications
for the security of public information and IT jobs
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
November 7, 2013 The announced layoff of 34
seasonal firefighters leaves many unanswered questions as to how well the MNR
can respond in the event of fire emergencies in the north and east.
October 24, 2013 The employer’s refusal to
comply with a 2006 ruling by the Grievance Settlement Board that the production
of transcripts is bargaining unit work is starting to catch up with the Ministry
of the Attorney General
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
August 13, 2013 The implementation of a restructuring
plan announced today by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will require
close monitoring to ensure that staff do not suffer job losses, says the
president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES
August 8, 2013 The Ontario Government paved the way for the
crisis at Canada’s largest jail for youth, and it has the power to turn around the
volatile and dangerous situation, says the union for staff there.
July 15, 2013 Fixed-term employees are now eligible for
extended benefits covering dental and supplementary health and hospital
SAVE THE RANGERS
July 11, 2013 Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program (FORP) are looking for alumnae Rangers to attend a Jamboree, Aug. 24, in Huntsville, Ontario. Were you or someone you know involved in the Ranger Program? If so, the group needs your help and support. more..
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
June 28, 2013 The quality of the record will be degraded as a result of the government’s plan, says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
June 24, 2013 The government’s plan to contract out court transcripts shows a complete lack of respect for the integrity of the record and the profession of court reporting
2013 The layoff of 56 full-time staff from Ontario’s Provincial Schools will
hurt the province’s most vulnerable students with disabilities and severely
impact the families’ rights to accessible education.
April 19, 2013 The President of the Ontario Public Service Employees
Union has dismissed a new business plan to privatize public services, including
health and education, as another attempt to repeat what has been a costly
failure for the Ontario people. more...
ONTARIO DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM
April 18, 2013 People with disabilities and the front
line staff who work with them joined forces on April 10 to tell MPPs: improve
disability benefits, but not in the ways recommended by a provincial commission.
April 8, 2013 The government should not
implement changes to social assistance sought by the social assistance review
because they will hurt some of the most vulnerable people in Ontario, people
with disabilities. more...
April 4, 2013 The 2013-2014 OPS Collective
Agreement for Central, Unified and Corrections (including Salary Schedules) is
now available online. more...
March 28, 2013 In a letter to all OPS Presidents, CERC
Chair Roxanne Barnes explains the changes to the OPS sick pay article and how to
deal with any issues. more...
January 31, 2013 More communities in Ontario’s north will suffer a huge loss
of service as a result of government cuts to ServiceOntario counters.
January 24, 2013 Unionized provincial government employees have ratified
a new two-year collective agreement with their employer, the Government of
OPS Campaigns: Rethinking Ontario Place
January 24, 2013 Imagine the possibilities when 40 designers and creative
leaders gather to image an alternative vision for Ontario Place. View a video of
their activities at a special design charrette.
January 14, 2013 Questions and answers for members regarding the upcoming
OPS Ratification Vote.
January 14, 2013 Table Talk Update - The latest bargaining and
mobilizing news for OPS members: A decent contract in the worst bargaining
environment imaginable. That’s exactly what your bargaining teams have managed
to achieve after hundreds of hours of bargaining sessions with the employer.
January 11, 2013 The tentative agreements for Central, Unified and
Corrections are now available, along with highlight documents to guide members
through the changes. Voting on the tentative agreements will take place January
January 3, 2013 Ontario Public Service workers reach tentative agreement
with Ontario Government more..
January 9, 2013 After marathon bargaining sessions, your OPS
Central/Unified and Corrections bargaining teams have reached settlement offers
with the Ontario Government.. more...
Ontario Liberals will choose a new leader and the next Premier on Saturday, Jan.
26. Join us at an early-morning rally outside Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to
send a strong message to delegates entering the Convention
January 4, 2013 As per OPS policy, the Central/Unified and Corrections
Bargaining Teams have called an OPS Local Presidents’ meeting for January 12,
2013 at the Hilton Suites, Markham.
NORTHERN ONTARIO CRISIS
January 4, 2013 The Ministry of Natural Resources is being targeted with
a budget cut of 10 per cent over 3 years. Read this report to find out
January 3, 2013 Being part of the Ontario Ranger Program was a
life-changing experience for many Ontarians. Former rangers and their supporters
will hold a rally at Queen’s Park on Friday calling on the McGuinty government
to reverse its decision
December 26, 2012 Despite a marathon negotiating session that went until
4:30 a.m. Saturday morning, your Corrections Team did not reach an agreement on
a new contract. more...
December 21, 2012 Table Talk Bargaining updates from your OPS teams.
December 20, 2012
The Ontario government will pay out bonuses to top managers in the Ontario
Public Service this week, the union has learned. more...
December 3, 2012 Last week’s OPS Tele Town Halls were a big success.
Thousands of OPS members joined the meetings by telephone to discuss
important issues with the chairs of the bargaining team.
December 3, 2012 More than 22,000 OPS members have met with their
bargaining heads and OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas by phone and
overwhelmingly voted to take action to back their bargaining teams. more..
All OPS members are invited to participate in telephone town halls on
November 28 and 29, 8 – 9 p.m. Ask questions of the Bargaining Team
chairs and learn more about the employer’s opening offer and the union’s
plan to bargain quality public services and prevent privatization. OPSEU
President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will be the moderator
November 13, 2012
OPSEU members working in the Queen’s Park complex are invited Thursday
morning to drop by the St. Lawrence Lounge at 900 Bay Street for
refreshments and bargaining information
November 9, 2012 Bargaining for our new contract starts on Tuesday,
November 13. Support your bargaining teams by wearing blue and a Choose Public
lanyard or Corrections lapel pin
October 24, 2012 Today’s recommendations by the Commission for
the Review of Social Assistance to download the Ontario Disability Support
Plan (ODSP) and integrate it into Ontario Works will leave thousands of
vulnerable Ontarians without long-term income support and force people with
disabilities into precarious, low-wage jobs
October 18, 2012 OPSEU members in Locals 546 and 585 confronted Labour
Minister Linda Jeffrey to demand she reinstate 19 Employment Standards Officers
her ministry laid off on Sept 20.
October 15, 2012 Parents have lost their faith in a provincial process
that is forcing their adult children – 13 residents of Thistletown Regional
Centre – to leave the facility which is slated for closure
3, 2012 Angered by a decision by the Minister of Labour to, first, hire 18
new Employment Standards Officer and then, three days later, lay off 19 more,
members of Local 102 plan to demonstrate Oct. 4 in London
BARGAINING 2012: TableTalk
October 1, 2012 Table Talk Update - The latest bargaining and
mobilizing news for OPS members: After a week-long training session, your
OPS bargaining teams are now well under way with preparations for the upcoming
round of negotiations.
September 28, 2012
On the same day Finance Minister Dwight Finance announced legislation that would
take away their constitutionally protected rights, more than 250 OPSEU members
came out to donate non-perishable food items to the OPS Food Drive
September 28, 2012 In his latest attack on public services Finance
Minister Dwight Duncan had delivered even more cuts to a beleaguered Ministry of
Natural Resources more...
September 27, 2012 Correctional Officers at London’s Elgin-Middlesex
Detention Centre will hold an Information Picket on September 28 to protest the Ministry of
Community Safety and Correctional Services’ lack of action in addressing
deteriorating jail conditions across the province.
September 27, 2012 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is calling
on Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to get a ruling on the legality of his
proposed public sector wage freeze legislation prior to passing it into law.
September 26, 2012 Three days after announcing it would hire 18 new
employment standards enforcement officers, the Ministry lays off 19 others
September 6, 2012 OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
has addressed a letter to Minister of Government Services, Harinder Takhar
delivering decision to suspend participation in OPS union/employer committees.
Read the letter now. .more...
September 6, 2012 Correctional Officers at
Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre have been off the job since August 14th as
they continue to fight to be allowed to wear their personal safety equipment..more...
OPSEU IN THE NEWS
August 27, 2012 A Sun Media columnist slams the McGuinty government for shutting down the renowned Centre for Forensic
August 24, 2012 More than 250 OPS members came out at lunch time on August 22 to enjoy a free hot dog and support their
bargaining teams. more...
August 17, 2012 The government’s pledge to review management bonuses must include a study of the rapid increase in management
August 16, 2012 In the name of deficit-busting, the Ontario government has eliminated an office responsible for fighting crime through
highly-skilled analysis of electronic information technology. more...
June 28, 2012 Support grows, action widens to save T-Town
Opposition to the planned closure of a renowned mental health facility continues to grow. more...
>>Visit the Save Thistletown campaign page for additional news and resources.
June 25, 2012 The best defense against a strike is to be ready for one, and negotiators for the next OPS contract will ask the 38,000 OPS members for a
strong strike mandate, said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. more...
June 25, 2012 Delegates to the OPS central bargaining conference have elected their bargaining teams, one for the central OPS contract and one for
>>Visit the OPS Bargaining 2012 section for complete bargaining news and resources
June 21, 2012 OPSEU Members Protest
Changes to Ontario Disability Support Program Local 601 held a Sidewalk Bake Sale and Rally to protest changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program
June 21 more...
June 19, 2012 Community Engagement WeekEvents supporting community based initiatives such as food banks, youth sports and
family shelters took place across the province. more...
>>Visit the Ontario Disability Support Campaign Index for additional news and resources
June 20, 2012 The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is sending inspectors out to conduct investigations which they are not educated and trained
to do says the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Nursing home residents are being placed at risk to save money on inspection. more...
June 19, 2012 News on developments at Queen’s Park here. .
June 14, 2012
Fraud Stopper Day events a success Wearing
stickers that identified them as fraud stoppers, ServiceOntario staff in
Toronto, Oshawa and Thunder Bay warned the public today of security breaches
if their work is privatized.
The McGuinty government’s budget bill will amend 69 pieces of
legislation, one of which will be used to privatize ServiceOntario.
Read this article and
e-mail your MPP now.
the ServiceOntario Campaign Index for additional news and resources
June 13, 2012
Wearing stickers that identify them as fraud stoppers, ServiceOntario workers
are holding lunch-time events in front of their workplaces in Toronto, Thunder
Bay and Oshawa on Thursday, June 14.
June 13, 2012 Health Minister Deb Matthews has responded to a persistent
problem with neglect and abuse in Ontario’s nursing homes by eliminating annual
inspections, says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public
Service Employees Union.
June 8, 2012
The two-step election process to elect the 2012 OPS Bargaining Teams began on
Saturday, June 9, at the OPS Regional Bargaining Conferences held across the
June 8, 2012
The agenda for the June 9th conference is now available.
June 7, 2012
Three hours after a legislative committee was warned of the dangers of
privatizing ServiceOntario, a security breach forced the shutdown of
June 6, 2012 OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas will tell provincial
budget hearings this evening that a portion of Bill 55, the budget legislation,
poses serious danger for Ontarians’ privacy and must be deleted. .more...
June 6, 2012 The privacy of every Ontarian will be at risk if the Ontario
Budget passes, allowing the Ontario Government to sell ServiceOntario to a
U.S.-based corporation. .more...
June 5, 2012 Ontario’s health ministry has awarded an administrative
services contract for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODBP) to a U.S. based
company potentially exposing the health care information of millions of
Ontarians to provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act. .more...
June 4, 2012 Vague promises to stop privatizing government services will
do little to provide certainty to the people of Ontario or those who provide
front-line services, says the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees
June 1, 2012 Meet the man that
works to keep Ontario Place a family place Harvey Doogle recently met
up Councillor Mike Layton. Layton, aside from being the son of the late Jack
Layton, is the man behind the Motion to keep Ontario Place a family space.
the Save Ontario Place Campaign Index for additional news and resources.
May 24, 2012 (TORONTO) - With cuts to emergency
information staff, Ontario could be headed for it's own firestorm such as
British Columbia had in 2003 with unprecedented forest fire damage, says the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
May 24, 2012 The closure of the St. Thomas office of the
Ontario Disability Support Program will force 2,200 people with disabilities to
go to London to receive help.
May 23, 2012 (TORONTO) – Ontario won’t have the staff for smooth, quick
evacuations during forest fires and other emergencies if the Ministry of Natural
Resources goes ahead with plans to close offices and lay off workers, says the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
May 7, 2012 Campers and residents in most of Ontario face
greater danger with bears this year because the Ontario government has cut by
more than half the number of staff trained to deal with bears that threaten
people’s safety. more...
OPS Campaigns information can now be accessed from one section.
Includes information on: ServiceOntario Campaign, Save Ontario Place, Save
Thistletown, ODSP Campaign, "Choose Public" Day.
April 26, 2012 OPS members at Convention heard detailed
presentations on bargaining, the 2012 Ontario Budget and the OPS campaign
17, 2012 OPSEU delegates joined the OFL rally at Queen's Park on April 21,
2012, only hours after the OPSEU Convention had adjourned. The demonstration was
organized to oppose the deepening austerity measures being exacted by the
McGunity government. .
March 5, 2012
The Ontario government’s decision to close the Bluewater Youth Centre in
Goderich will have a devastating impact on the town, the workers and families in
the area that have young people involved in the system.
February 10, 2012
Fight tough and fight smart was the theme of the OPS Presidents’ Meeting in
Toronto on Feb. 4. OPS presidents, supported by Executive Board members and
observers from various OPS locals, came together to strategize and plan for
bargaining with the government later this year.
December 12, 2011 There will be a meeting for all OPS
Local Presidents on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Hilton
Doubletree Hotel, Toronto Airport. Public services are under attack. Indications
from the Ontario government are that NO public service job is safe. Since last
July we have been building the mobilization of members. As local presidents, you
must lead our locals in preparation for what will certainly be a very difficult
round of bargaining. .
Download Information Package
November 30, 2011 Effective 2012, it is law for all members of a Regulated
Health Profession to carry Professional Liability Insurance. OPSEU has, in
consultation with CG&B Insurance Group, arranged for our affected members an
opportunity to get insurance at a discounted rate.
November 17, 2011 Another 231 OPS layoffs will further
erode support to front-line services and increase workloads and public waiting
November 17, 2011 Members are urged to grieve all
violations of Article 20 (job security) rights, said President Warren (Smokey)
Thomas and CERC Chair Roxanne Barnes in a letter to all OPS members today
October 27, 2011 One of the fundamental obligations of a
government is the protection of its people
September 27, 2011 MERC members recently met with
investigators from the Ombudsman’s office and said a study of the complaints
procedure inside jails must be widened to address the concerns of correctional
August 17, 2011 Ombudsman’s Andre Marin’s investigation
of the inmate complaints process must include input from correctional officers
whose calls for cleaning up the Ministry’s investigation process are most often
August 15, 2011 OPSEU has negotiated a Memorandum of
Agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services,
Correctional Services Division, for the establishment of a MERC Diversity
Sub-Committee (MDSC). Applications for three positions on this committee are now
being accepted, with a closing date of September 16, 2011.
July 14, 2011 Layoff notices went out to 274 Ontario
Public Service workers today in the largest job cut since the dark days of the
Mike Harris era more
June 22, 2011 News and Events 175 OPS leaders came out of
their fightback meeting June 17-18 with a plan to protect good jobs and defend
quality public services. Includes slideshow of photos.
May 17, 2011 Local 517 Chief Steward Matthew Duffy wrote
in a letter to the editor recently "...there is a very large segment of (The
Toronto Sun) readership that is working class and purchases The Toronto Sun,
solely, for its superb sports section, not for the extravagant anti-labour rants
of a columnist in the employ of a large media corporation."
May 5, 2011 Collective Agreement Recent media coverage of
a dispute between the province and the Association of Management Administrative
and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) and the debate about it
among MPPs contain some statements worth clarifying. .
April 13, 2011 Ministries: Attorney General For nearly five
years the employer has refused to comply with a Grievance Settlement Board
decision that found transcript work should be covered by the collective
agreement. Sign a postcard to Chris Bentley, telling him to quit with the
April 4, 2011 Convention 2011: Attention
all OPS members. OPSEU’s Ontario Public Service (OPS) Sector will be holding an
emergency caucus at Convention 2011.
March 31, 2011 The Crown Employees Grievance Settlement
Board (GSB) has ruled in favour of OPSEU in a key settlement on personal privacy
in the workplace.
March 3 2011 This Toronto Star
editorial points out the heavy-handed union-bashing tactics of Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker amount to a cautionary tale for Canadian policy-makers,
including Conservatives who may be tempted to go the Wisconsin route
February 23 2011 “I have one question to ask Premier
Dalton McGuinty – where does he propose to start? With the correctional officers
who guard accused murderers? With the inspectors who make sure our food is
safe?” Read more of President Thomas’ letter to the editor published in today’s
Globe and Mail.
January 27, 2011 Circulate in your workplace and
community this petition in support of Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas’ private
member’s bill to ban temporary replacement workers
November 30, 2010 During the summer of 2007, the
Ministry of Labour, specifically the Office of the Worker Advisor, posted new
positions and ran a competition. The Union and individual members filed
grievances about this competition, alleging that it was so flawed that it ought
to be re-run. more...