OPSEU: Lower dues, bigger benefits

OPSEU’s dues are among the lowest in the country – just 1.375 per cent of your pay, and 100 per cent tax deductible!

And they’ve been that way for a long time.

Why? Because OPSEU members are in total control of their dues – they don’t go up unless members vote to make them go up.

But low dues don’t mean less service.

That’s because OPSEU is focused exclusively on workers just like you – Ontario public sector workers. We’re able to dedicate all of our resources, expertise and experience to improving your wages, your working conditions, and the quality of mental health care you can provide.

Your OPSEU dues get you:

  1. More than 300 lawyers, professionals and labour experts who specialize in Ontario bargaining, grievance handling, pensions, pay equity, benefits, health and safety, human rights, communications, education, research, organizing and more.

  2. All expenses paid, including travel, accommodation and meals for bargaining, grievance hearings, education, conventions and conferences. Your Local doesn’t have to cover any of the essential “big ticket” items.

  3. Skills training and education so you and your co-workers can run an effective Local and participate in the decisions affecting the union.

  4. The ability to “book off” members to do union work without losing pay.

  5. Skilled and experienced representation if your employer violates your contract.

  6. A large number of member discounts on things like insurance, cell phone plans, tickets, and travel

  7. The ability to deduct what you pay in dues from your taxable income. That means your OPSEU/SEFPO dues can end up costing 10 – 40 per cent less than the sticker price!

Member discounts

OPSEU/SEFPO members also enjoy the following attractive discounts* and special rates:

  • OPSEU Group, Home, Auto and Travel Insurance
  • Baka Wireless and Bell Mobility (significantly reduced mobile devices and exclusive rate plans)
  • Personal Liability Insurance ($1,000,000 for as low as $35)
  • Park’n Fly Discounts
  • Ontario Science Centre Discounts
  • Via Rail Discounts
  • Royal Ontario Museum Discounts
  • Union Pearson Express Business
  • Travel Program

* These discounts are subject to change. Please see website. For a full list, check here.

What happens next?

In Canada, you have the Constitutional right to join and participate in a union. But becoming full union members with your co-workers doesn’t happen overnight.

Here’s a roadmap of what lies ahead:

  • Once you’ve signed your OPSEU/SEFPO card, encourage your co-workers to do the same. The more quickly a large group of you sign cards, the more quickly you’ll become members!
  • Watch your personal email and texts for updates and events.
  • Once a large group of you have signed cards, OPSEU/SEFPO files an application to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) and then two things happen:
    • 1. Your “freeze period” protection begins
    • 2. The ORLB schedules a secret ballot vote within the coming weeks or months.
  • Your “freeze period” protection. Once we’ve applied to the ORLB, it is against the law for your managers to arbitrarily change any of your conditions or working conditions. 
  • Your secret ballot vote. This is your chance to formally vote on becoming OPSEU/SEFPO members. When the majority of you vote to join OPSEU/SEFPO, you become members!
  • Bargaining preparation. With the help and guidance of OPSEU/SEFPO, you will elect your bargaining and decide together on your top priorities – better wages, health and safety protections, and a legal voice to be heard and respected!
  • Bargaining begins. Your bargaining team and OPSEU/SEFPO staff bargain your first Collective Agreement.
  • Have your say. Once your bargaining team reaches a “tentative agreement” with the employer, you and all your co-workers vote. If the majority vote no, your bargaining team and the employer go back to the table. When the majority vote yes, congratulations! You have your first Collective Agreement.