Why join OPSEU/SEFPO?

For a stronger voice

For better care

For a healthier Ontario

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When you join OPSEU/SEFPO, you join with thousands of other caring and dedicated mental health workers across the province. We’re stronger together as we demand:

  • a guaranteed voice at the table advocating for yourself, your co-workers and the people you care for
  • stable, predictable working conditions and job security
  • processes for hiring and advancement that are fair
  • a complaints/grievance procedure to hold the employer accountable
  • joint employer- management committees to ensure health and safety protocols, evaluations of new positions, equitable job descriptions and duties
  • a democratic process to elect your local union leaders

Questions? Drop-in for answers!

Joining a strong and progressive union like OPSEU/SEFPO is the best thing you can do for yourself and the people you care for.

But it’s a big decision, and you probably have lots of questions.

We’d like to answer them all! Just drop in any time between 11 am and 7 pm for our series of Q&A drop- ins at the Delta Armouries (Chelsea Green room), 325 Dundas St., London

Drop-in dates:

  • June  29,  30
  • July 6, 7,  13, 14,  20, 21,  27, 28
  • August  3, 4, 10, 11

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.