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Region 4 Regional Vice-President Melissa Coenraad appeared on CFRA Ottawa radio’s afternoon program, Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron, to talk about Ontario’s healthcare sector. The two discussed a recent announcement by Minister of Health Sylvia Jones, the help that frontline health care workers need, and what the provincial government must do to provide it. Listen...

On Thursday, December 1, OPSEU/SEFPO, the National Union for Public and General Employees (NUPGE), and BloodWatch held a joint protest outside Canadian Blood Services (CBS) headquarters in Ottawa. The protest was held to call on the CBS Board to cancel an undisclosed 15-year deal with private pharmaceutical manufacturer, Grifols, which is believed to violate the...

Central Agreement Highlights from Sector 3 Divisional Executive As the central agreement for Education Workers expired on August 31, 2022, we wanted to provide you with this update on Sector 3 Education Central Bargaining. Sandra Cadeau and Kelly Martin are representing OPSEU/SEFPO members in the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW). On August 18, 2022,...

OPSEU/SEFPO celebrated this week’s win for workers, alongside the labour movement and the 40+ applicants that filed a constitutional challenge against the Ford government’s Bill 124, as the Superior Court of Justice declared Bill 124 “void and of no effect”. Bill 124, introduced by the Ford government in 2019, capped public sector workers’ wage increases...

PDF version of this bulletin Dear Members of OCEW, The Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW) and the Council of Trustees’ Association (CTA) completed their fourth day of bargaining on November 28, 2022. The OCEW bargaining team received a framework from the CTA representatives, inclusive of monetary items. In addition, OCEW confirmed a bargaining date...

Bill 124 ruled unconstitutional by court We want to provide our members with an update about the recent Bill 124 court decision and what it means for the status of our current contract negotiations. Passed by the Ford government in 2019, Bill 124 capped public sector compensation for hundreds of thousands of workers at one...

OPSEU/SEFPO is proud to congratulate all recipients of this year’s scholarship programs! Every year, dependants of OPSEU/SEFPO members are invited to apply to a variety of scholarships offered by OPSEU/SEFPO to help support their post-secondary journeys. These scholarships are based on particular specializations, including social justice, labour relations, social services, or community organizing, just to...

As part of OPSEU/SEFPO’s Mental Health and Addictions Sector’s virtual quarterly meetings, all members are invited to a virtual meeting on zoom at 7:00 pm EST on Thursday, December 8. The subject will be on health and wellbeing for mental health and addictions workers. Sara Hagstrom will be joining as a guest speaker.  Sara works as...

Ottawa – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO), the National Union for Public and General Employees (NUPGE), and BloodWatch.org are raising the alarm on secret plans to privatize plasma collection in Canada. The organizations held a protest today outside Canadian Blood Services (CBS) headquarters to demand the resignation of its CEO and Board Chair, in...

OPSEU/SEFPO’s Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) is seeking nominations for the Young Worker of the Year Award! This award will recognize achievements in leadership, innovative thinking, and transforming communities as they relate to engaging young workers. Eligibility Criteria Must be an OPSEU/SEFPO member in good standing 35 years of age or younger The selection for...

TORONTO – OPSEU/SEFPO is calling it a win for hundreds of thousands of workers as the Ontario Superior Court declares Doug Ford government’s wage-stifling Bill 124 “void and of no effect.” The decision comes following a court challenge launched by a coalition of unions and associations, including OPSEU/SEFPO, seeking to declare Bill 124’s wage cap...

Printable PDF Schedule a General Membership Meeting (GMM), as per Article 29.7.1 of the Constitution, either in the fall or early in the new year. Trustee Audit Reports up-to-date as of December 31, 2022 – in order to obtain time-off letters for alternates and observers attending Convention. “Applications for Membership” completed by all new members...

Twenty years ago Grassy Narrows youth said ‘enough is enough’ and on December 2, 2002 they laid down in front of logging trucks and sparked the longest standing blockades in Canada. On December 2, 2022 at 12 p.m. EST you can tune in online to join Grassy Narrows people as they feast in honour of...

Together with representatives from NUPGE, Bloodwatch.org, CUPE, and the Canadian Health Coalition, the Sector 19 (Canadian Blood Services and Diagnostics) Divisional Executive will hold an information picket outside the CBS head office in Ottawa on December 1. The picket will protest an agreement that CBS has signed with a for-profit, multinational pharmaceutical company (Grifols) to...

On November 30, Day of Action events will be taking place across Canada and online, coordinated by child care action groups affiliated with Child Care Now. OPSEU/SEFPO represents many child care workers in our membership. And we also represent tens of thousands of workers whose families need access to quality child care. Let’s all join...

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