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.