OPSEU/SEFPO local 133 Oxford unit PSLRTA update meeting

5 pm, July 12, 2022

Royal Canadian Legion 

642 Dundas St, Woodstock, ON N4S 1E3

Light refreshments 

Door prizes 

 

 

OPSEU/SEFPO local 133 Elgin unit PSLRTA update meeting

5pm, July 13, 2022

Caso Station

Anderson Hall

750 Talbot Street

St. Thomas Ontario N5P1E2

Light refreshments

Door prizes

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.