Join the telephone town hall to learn more about the tentative agreement
Your OPSEU bargaining team will be holding a telephone town hall meeting this Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. At this meeting, bargaining team members will walk through the changes that are being proposed to the contract in the tentative agreement. For all members who have questions about the changes in the new agreement, there will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the overall deal or any specific provisions.
Your bargaining team is unanimously recommending that members vote “Yes” to the tentative agreement. A copy of the full Memorandum of Settlement, including all changes proposed to the collective agreement, is available on the website. A summary of the changes was also included in the last issue of Impact at the Table.
Instructions for joining the call
The telephone town hall will run from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 23.
Just before 10 a.m., we will phone all members at the phone number we have in our database. We have booked meeting rooms at all work locations and a list of these rooms is available online. You can also call in from your own phone by calling 1-877-229- 8493 at 10 a.m. You will need to enter the access code 115662#.
During the call, you can choose to listen only, or you can follow the instructions on the call to ask any questions you might have.
Ratification vote to be held June 24 – voting locations online
Details on the ratification vote locations are now available. In order to allow full participation and accessibility, the vote will be conducted on the employer’s premises and will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24. All members are entitled to vote, including contract workers and students. Those who work from home are encouraged to come in to the office to vote.
Clarification on two points from the tentative agreement
The tentative agreement includes a number of changes that were summarized in the most recent newsletter. To clarify two points, the end-of-year shutdown (an additional 2.5 days off with pay) replaces the two floater days in the existing contract, and so is a net gain of a half-day of paid leave. This does not affect floater days this year, as this will begin in 2017. As well, while there are significant new funds for accreditation, the employer will no longer provide the four hours per week of assignment completion time, which was previously available when operational needs allowed.