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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 for all unvaccinated staff entering...

In any Collective Agreement, the grievance procedure will include required steps and timelines for those steps.  Employers love to make technical legal arguments and try to avoid dealing with the real problem a worker is raising at the heart of a grievance.  It’s important for the Union to stay on our toes about procedures, as...

The OPSEU/SEFPO Grievance Form has been given a fresh update for the first time in decades.  The changes are subtle but important to polish up this tool to enforce the rights workers have fought for and won in their contracts and legislation.  The revised form is cleaner and more streamlined, to eliminate duplication and unnecessary...

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