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Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on MPP Doug Downey to intervene in LifeLabs union busting tactics, which is harming quality of care for the residents of Simcoe County. The union picketed outside Downey’s office in Barrie on Friday following repeated cases of mistreatment by LifeLabs management against its unionized health care...

Update : The new Directive 2.1 and accompanying memo for hospitals and health care providers regarding health system coordination of hospital patient transfers is on the Ministry’s website in English and French. The updated COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge is now available on the Ministry’s website.  Mise à...

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This morning, OPSEU/SEFPO called on the Ford government to take immediate steps to fix the health care staffing crisis at a press conference held by the Ontario Health Coalition. A statement was released with a list of demands signed on by many unions and advocacy groups including OPSEU/SEFPO. Read: Emergency Measures Needed to Address the...

Children's Aid Societies

The London-Middlesex Children’s Aid Society is flagging concerns that teenagers who are being placed in hotels in the city’s south-end are at risk of being exposed to sex traffickers. According to the CBC, the agency says a lack of resources, including staff shortages, underfunding, and capacity limits due to COVID-19 over the past year has...

Details to follow on the OPSEU/SEFPO website at: https://opseu.org/member-education Location To be Determined. If it is a Virtual training, a Zoom link will be sent to all the attendees upon confirmation. Overview This three day workshop will give local presidents the skills and tools they need to fulfill their leadership role within the union and...

Update : The updated Third Dose Recommendations Guidance is now available on the Ministry’s website. The COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge has been updated and is attached (English only). This will be available on the Ministry’s website shortly. Mise à jour : Le document Recommandations relatives à l’administration d’une...

Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO hopes the leaders at Ontario’s public colleges don’t ignore recent concerns expressed by the Auditor General about an over reliance on international student tuition for the colleges’ financial viability. OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says management at the colleges and the provincial government also must address a lack of oversight of overseas...

Water is Life

Following in the footsteps of Autumn Peltier, Canada’s Chief Water Commissioner who is leading the way for future generations, the OPSEU/SEFPO Indigenous Circle’s Water Campaign Committee is looking for youth to express their concerns over the ongoing water crisis in Ontario and across Canada. Are you between the ages of 4-25 years old? Do you...

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Dear Transgender OPSEU/SEFPO members and community partners, OPSEU/SEFPO’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel (RAA) is looking for your feedback! The RAA is in the process of creating a transition guide for union members. The guide is intended to help transgender people to navigate aspects of their transition related to the workplace and provide helpful information to employers...

Update: The guidance document on Medical Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccination has been updated and is available on the Ministry’s website. The COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge Management of Critical Staffing Shortages in Highest Risk Settings is now available on the Ministry’s website. Directive 3 for Long-Term Care Homes issued on December 24th, 2021 is available...

OPS Unified Collective Agreement To download a printable PDF version of the newsletter, click here. To download the full version of the OPS Unified Memorandum of Settlement (MOS), click here. Term The term of this Collective Agreement will be for three years: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024. Salary The bargaining team negotiated the largest...

Situation: Case count as of January 11, 2022 / Nombre de cas le 11 janvier 2022 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Ontario* 896 248 +7 951 10 399 + 21...

The past year was definitely a tough one, for workers and their families – and for bargaining too. But despite the one per cent wage limit imposed by Bill 124, our union and its members have continued to persevere and achieve great things – including the OPS Unified tentative deal reached in December. This tentative...

Situation: Case count as of January 10, 2022 / Nombre de cas le 10 janvier 2022 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Ontario* 888 297 +9 706 10 378 + 12...

Situation: Case count as of January 7, 2022 / Nombre de cas le 7 janvier 2022 Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Ontario* 853 270 +11 899 10 315 + 43**...

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