Sector 1 – Ambulance and Dispatch Bargaining Conference

Paramedics make the difference
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
To Thursday, September 29, 2022
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sheraton Centre Hotel 123 Queen St. W Toronto, ON M5H 3M9
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Dear Members,

This is to advise you that the 2022 Sector 1 Ambulance and Dispatch Bargaining Conference has been scheduled.

Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022       1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 29, 2022          9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The purposes of the Sector 1 – Ambulance and Dispatch Bargaining Conference is:

i) to promote the achievement and maintenance of the highest province-wide standards;

ii) to examine broadly-based issues that are relevant to the forthcoming round of negotiations;

iii)  to develop themes for consideration at bargaining unit demand-setting meetings;

iv) to identify priority issues;

v) to discuss strategy around coordinated bargaining

vi) to provide guidance and recommendations to Division members for bargaining unit demand-setting meetings. Bargaining units will be free to add to the recommended options, and

vii) to co-ordinate common expiry dates to the greatest extent possible

Please make every effort to attend this important conference as we will be formulating common language around issues that can affect our future working conditions.

THIS MEETING WILL BE HYBRID

Click here for instructions on attending in person

Click here for instructions on attending virtually

We appreciate your cooperation and participation in these meetings.

In Solidarity,

Joel Usher  – Divisional Sector Chair

J.P. Hornick – OPSEU/SEFPO President

Instructions for attending in person

 Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022           1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 29, 2022               9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hotel:  Sheraton Centre Hotel

123 Queen St. W   Toronto, ON M5H 3M9      416-361-1000

Shared rate: $329.00 +taxes

Single rate: $164.50 +taxes

Meeting Room: Simcoe/Dufferin

Registration: Wednesday, September 28, 2022          11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Parking:                      Daily Rate – $52.00 + taxes

*Note: valet parking and rideshare (Uber, Lyft etc.) receipts are not a reimbursable claim

Hotel Room Bookings

In accordance with the OPSEU/SEFPO policy (OPSEU/SEFPO Policy 10.1-5), any member who resides further than 60 kilometers from the event may request that OPSEU/SEFPO make their hotel reservation on their behalf by completing the Hotel Registration section when registering for the event in the OPSEU/SEFPO Member Portal.

OPSEU/SEFPO will be booking all hotel rooms centrally. Hotel rooms will be reimbursed, for Delegates, on a shared room basis and is the responsibility of the member to find another member to share with. If you prefer your own single room, you will be responsible for the difference of the shared and the single room rate.

Members are also responsible for payment of their hotel room upon check out as there are no charges billed back to OPSEU/SEFPO. Please save your itemized receipt and submit it with your Membership Expense Claim Form.

Only the hotel and rate(s) as listed in this call out, will be approved for reimbursement unless otherwise pre-approved. Third party booking sites are ineligible for reimbursement.

Should there be no available rooms at the OPSEU/SEFPO rate as stated in this call out, please contact the Conferences Unit at conferencesandtravel@opseu.org.

Please also notify the Conferences Unit of any special accessibility needs that you may have with respect to your hotel room.

Any additional nights outside of this policy must be pre-approved by the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office, regardless of Region or distance from the event.

Human Rights Accommodation Request Form

Should you require a human rights accommodation or have an existing accommodation under the Human Rights Code, please complete and submit the Human Rights Accommodation Request Form in full.

OPSEU/SEFPO Child Care Policy

OPSEU/SEFPO undertakes to provide child care service, when requested, at all union educationals, conventions, regional, divisional and demand-setting meetings where the membership requests at least three weeks prior to the event. Members who bring their children to OPSEU/SEFPO sponsored functions should normally be required to use the on-site child care service if it is available. The three week notice will ensure adequate time to process advances when requested. If no requests for on-site child care are received three weeks prior to the activity date, child care arrangements for on-site child care may not be made. If members then bring children to the event without the required notice, the member should be responsible for making his/her own child care arrangements.

Delegate entitlement

Each ambulance and dispatch bargaining unit in the Division shall be entitled to send two (2) delegates to the BPS Ambulance and Dispatch Bargaining Conference in accordance with Section 2.3 and 5.2.1 of the Negotiating Procedures.

Where the bargaining unit is a single-unit local the Local President (or in their absence, the Local Vice-President) shall be the automatic first delegate. For all other bargaining units, the highest-ranking officer in the bargaining unit shall be the automatic first delegate. Where the bargaining team has been established, the second delegate shall be elected by the bargaining team. Where the bargaining team has not been established, the second delegate shall be elected by fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the valid ballots cast at a general membership meeting of the unit.

In bargaining units with both ambulance and dispatch membership, in accordance with Article 5.2.2 of the Negotiating procedures; the Local President (or in their absence, the Local Vice-President) shall be the automatic first delegate. If there are no dispatch members on the bargaining team or if the bargaining team has not been established, the second delegate being a dispatcher shall be elected by fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the valid ballots cast at a general membership meeting of the unit.

Delegates shall be responsible for representing their bargaining unit at the Bargaining Conference and for communicating information back from the conference to the membership in their bargaining units.

Bargaining units may also elect Alternates (up to the number of delegates) and Observers to be sent to the Bargaining Conference, at the expense of their local. Alternates and Observers shall have a voice, but no vote.

Credential Attestation Form

The OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual (Section 16.1) states two (2) signatures are required on all delegate credentials. We have provided one form for you to list all attendees on. The Credential Attestation Form must be signed by two (2) Local Officers.

Please clearly identify your status, i.e. Delegate/Alternate/Observer.

Note: other required forms cannot be processed until this form is received.

Procedures for Online Submission of Forms

Members are to complete their Event Registration, Hotel Booking and Child Care Registration through OPSEU/SEFPO’s Member Portal.

Attached you will find the following documentation:

  1. Credential Attestation Form
  2. Advance Form
  3. OPSEU/SEFPO Human Rights Accommodation Form
  4. Member Portal Quick Intro
  5. Event Registration Tutorial
  6. Online Expense Claim Tutorial

In order to confirm your registration, please submit all forms by email to the Conferences Unit (conferencesandtravel@opseu.org) no later than Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

 Instructions for attending VIRTUALLY

 Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022          1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 29, 2022               9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022          11:15 am – 1:00 pm

One week prior to the meeting you will receive a credential invitation through your personal email that outlines the steps for connecting to the virtual meeting and the practices established in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order and OPSEU/SEFPO Policies.

**Please Note: If you elect to attend virtually, no expenses outside of time off (if required) will be reimbursed unless otherwise pre-approved.

To inquire about pre-approval, please email conferencesandtravel@opseu.org.

Delegate entitlement

Each ambulance and dispatch bargaining unit in the Division shall be entitled to send two (2) delegates to the BPS Ambulance and Dispatch Bargaining Conference in accordance with Section 2.3 and 5.2.1 of the Negotiating Procedures.

Where the bargaining unit is a single-unit local the Local President (or in their absence, the Local Vice-President) shall be the automatic first delegate. For all other bargaining units, the highest-ranking officer in the bargaining unit shall be the automatic first delegate. Where the bargaining team has been established, the second delegate shall be elected by the bargaining team. Where the bargaining team has not been established, the second delegate shall be elected by fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the valid ballots cast at a general membership meeting of the unit.

In bargaining units with both ambulance and dispatch membership, in accordance with Article 5.2.2 of the Negotiating procedures; the Local President (or in their absence, the Local Vice-President) shall be the automatic first delegate. If there are no dispatch members on the bargaining team or if the bargaining team has not been established, the second delegate being a dispatcher shall be elected by fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the valid ballots cast at a general membership meeting of the unit.

Delegates shall be responsible for representing their bargaining unit at the Bargaining Conference and for communicating information back from the conference to the membership in their bargaining units.

Bargaining units may also elect Alternates (up to the number of delegates) and Observers to be sent to the Bargaining Conference, at the expense of their local. Alternates and Observers shall have a voice, but no vote.

OPSEU/SEFPO Child Care Policy

OPSEU/SEFPO will reimburse for child care expenses as per policy. OPSEU/SEFPO’s rate of family care to be paid $15/hr to a max of $220 within a 24 hr period to cover the cost of doing union business. A receipt, signed by the care provider, showing the dates the service was provided, the address and phone number of the care provider and the names and ages of the children will need to be provided.

Credential Attestation Form

The OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual (Section 16.1) states two (2) signatures are required on all delegate credentials. We have provided one form for you to list all attendees on. The Credential Attestation Form must be signed by two (2) Local Officers.

Please clearly identify your status, i.e. Delegate/Alternate/Observer.

Note: other required forms cannot be processed until this form is received.

Procedures for Online Submission of Forms

Members are to complete their Event Registration, Hotel Booking and Child Care Registration through OPSEU/SEFPO’s Member Portal.

Attached you will find the following documentation:

  1. Credential Attestation Form
  2. Advance Form
  3. OPSEU/SEFPO Human Rights Accommodation Form
  4. Member Portal Quick Intro
  5. Event Registration Tutorial
  6. Online Expense Claim Tutorial

In order to confirm your registration, please submit all forms by email to the Conferences Unit (conferencesandtravel@opseu.org) no later than Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

 

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