Welcome to The Contract Enforcement BLAWG!

Welcome to The Contract Enforcement BLAWG!


What’s a Blawg? A Blawg is an online journal or blog dealing with topics related to the law.

This Blawg will contain posts with tidbits of legal info you might find useful in your toolbox for building worker power within OPSEU/SEFPO. Various staff in the Contract Enforcement Division will contribute posts on useful cases and topics. The format will be posts, not a textbook nor comprehensive — rather, a way to share sparks of knowledge you can use while organizing, bargaining, and enforcing workers’ rights.

The Contract Enforcement Division of OPSEU/SEFPO includes the Arbitrations Unit, the Pension and Benefits Unit, and the Worker Safety Unit.

If you have specific questions about contract enforcement issues in your workplace, please speak with your coworkers, steward, local president or connect with OPSEU/SEFPO staff.

Contract Enforcement Blawgs:

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Case Comment: Safety on your own time?

In November 2021, in a stated attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the OPS including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services introduced the “Ontario Public Service COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive”. The Directive required mandatory COVID-19 rapid antigen testing

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Case Comment: Protecting Precarious Employment

In the College sector, partial-load Academic employees deal with a form of precarious employment that involves a series of semester long contracts. Because the work is divided into contracts which last a few months and are episodic in nature, disputes naturally arise with the Employer about what rights these workers

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