Ontario Human Rights Commission
Releases News Letter

(Posted Sept 22, 2021)
On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that starting September 22, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. By October 22, Ontario plans to develop and implement an enhanced digital vaccine certificate with unique QR (Quick Response) code that will verify vaccination status when scanned. [ Read More ]

Message from
Ontario Federation of Labour

(Posted Sept 15, 2021)

There is no time to waste. Many students are already back in the classroom and there is still no strong back to school safety plan to protect stud ents and education workers. [ Read More ]

Is it safe enough to return to campus?
What do public health scientists say?

(Posted September 7, 2021)

An interactive expert panel discussion followed by a Q&A

September 9th, 2021 at 7-9PM

You are invited to join us for an interactive panel discussion with leading health and safety experts in epidemiology, indoor air quality, bioaerosols, bioethics, population health equity, and more. Following brief presentations by the panelists, there will be an extended Q & A. [ Read More }

Mandatory vaccinations: Frequently Asked Questions

(Posted September 3, 2021)


With the fourth wave of the COVID-19 crisis upon us, many employers in Ontario have been developing workplace policies calling for mandatory vaccines and testing. The Ford government has also announced a vaccine passport will be brought in this month.

As members continue to navigate these challenging times and, in many cases, plan their own return to the traditional workplace, they have asked OPSEU/SEFPO about these policies, and their impact on workers’ personal health choices and working conditions. [ Read OPSEU FAQ ]

Return to Work Update

(Posted Aug 5, 2021)

The local union representatives; Kella Loschiavo, Megan Herrington, Jason Naughton and Grace He, have met with the University alongside RFA, CUPE 1& 2 to get information on the current plans for the return to campus.

First we would like to make clear that the University, as the employer, has the right to recall employees back to campus in accordance with provincial mandates and health and safety measures. It is our role to act on behalf of the membership to ensure the campus is safe to return to and that safeguards are considered and put in practice. Secondary to that, we are representing the interest of the membership in bringing forward our concerns around remote work, accommodations, for a fair and reasonable return to campus plans. [ Read More ]


Latest Treasurer Report Out

(Posted July 27, 2021)

The Treasurer has released the latest financial report regarding the local's finances. (Read all about it here)

Ryerson's Unions Become Coalition

(June 2,2021)

In June CUPE 3904, OPSEU 596,CUPE 233 and the RFA all met up to review the health and safety concerns regarding the possible return to campus for their members. The formal letter:

June 4th Letter to Ryerson Regarding Return to Campus

was presented to Ryerson's administration pointing out 50+ areas of concern regarding the proposal to have the members return to campus. OPSEU continues to meeting with the Coalition to ensure it's member's concerns are addressed.

OPSEU/SEFPO Leadership Message 2021

(Posted April 25, 2021)

We want to thank each and every one of you for your leadership during the past year. OPSEU/SEFPO is a team effort, and we could not represent our members effectively during these difficult times without your fantastic leadership at the local level.

On December 7, 2020, with the health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, OPSEU/SEFPO’s Executive Board made the decision to postpone Convention 2021. The Convention Planning Committee has arranged to engage with local presidents/highest ranking and select committee members by distributing this leadership message which includes central and regional updates.

Please view our video by clicking this link: Leadership Message 2021

(read more)

Are you a Canadian Injured Worker?

(Posted April 25,2021)

The Canadian Injured Workers Alliance and its team of researchers are looking for Canadians who have had a workplace injury to take part in a study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For this study you will be asked to complete a short survey on the impact of the pandemic on you. All responses will be used to generate knowledge to create action plans to support injured workers.

To be part of our important research project, click the link below to read the letter of information and consent and complete the survey.

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 7, 2021.

Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Canadian Injured Workers

(by Terri Szymanski from OPSEU Health and Safety Officer.)

OPSEU Wellness Series

(Posted April 13, 2021)


Ryerson like to encourage you to register for the Wellness Series tailored to our OPSEU community. Please find more information on the series below:


Supporting Ourselves and Others During COVID-19

Speaker: Sean Hale, Psychotherapist and Organizational Development Professional

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration link


#SafeSocial: Creating a Healthy Balance With Social Media

Speaker: Bailey Parnell, Founder & CEO, SkillsCamp

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration link

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