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Election Results Are In!(March 4, 2022)
The membership voted and the local executive:
President: Kella Loschiavo
Vice President: Megan Herrington
Treasurer: Grace He
Recording Secretary: Jason Naughton
Were elected to represent the OPSEU Local 596 membership. Read all about the election results.
Black History Month: February and Forever (Part One)
OPSEU/SEFPO proudly represents thousands of members identifying as Black or of African Caribbean descent. In part one of this Black History Month series of OPSEU/SEFPO Talk, First Vice-President / Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida sits down with three Black OPSEU/SEFPO activists – Coleen Houlder, Selvin (Junior) Lennon, and Megan Carter.
In the episode (found here), Eddy, Coleen, Junior and Megan discuss:
Skip to: 01:41 Why is Black History Month important and why is it recognised in February?
Skip to: 05:25 What does this yearʼs theme “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day” mean to you?
Skip to: 07:23 How can OPSEU/SEFPO do meaningful work 365 days in the year to address anti-Black racism?
Skip to: 09:54 Information on Black History Month events being hosted by OPSEU/SEFPOʼs Coalition of Racialized Workers
Skip to: 12:32 How should OPSEU/SEFPO work on a call-to-action with the larger labour movement to do [racial, social and economic justice] work effectively?
Stewards Recognised and Acclaimed(Posted Feb 1st, 2022)
The local membership should be pleased to know that as of Feb 1st, 2022, thirty stewards were acclaimed and recognised by OPSEU. Now that the stewardship has been defined the local will be moving forward towards providing elections for the officers of the local. Stay tuned for further upcoming information regarding the elections. You can see a list of the standing stewards here.
Call For Stewards!(Posted Jan 24, 2022)
As of today, January 24th 2022, *Call for nominations for Local Steward positions is open. The call for nomination period will close on February 1st, 2022 at 4pm. [ Read More ]
Ryerson Delay's Re-Opening(Posted Dec 16, 2021)
As we approach the end of our fall semester, I am sure that many of you are following the news on the rise of the Omicron variant in our province and are concerned about how this will impact our Winter 2022 semester. The university is monitoring this closely and continues to respond to guidance from our government and public health authorities in planning for January.
As you know, we have been planning for a broader in-person return for some time now, and remain committed to in-person learning, while also prioritising the health and safety of our community. That is why, in consultation with leaders from across the university, we have made the decision to hold classes virtually until January 30. [ Read More ]
Termination Of Trusteeship!!!(Posted Dec 16, 2021)
On February 3, 2021, the Executive Committee of OPSEU/SEFPO met to review a number of concerns brought forward by members of Local 596. In accordance with Articles 16.9.1 and 16.9.3 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, following a review of the evidence and debate, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to place Local 596 under trusteeship. [ Read More ]
Return To Campus Survey
We are also asking that members take time to fill out the survey we’ve included in this message so we can have a broader picture of what is happening across the campus.
Return to Campus - Update #5
At this time the majority of staff should have been notified of the return to campus plan for the Winter 2020 term. We understand that many of you have questions about the return and we have been working, as we did last term, with the three other unions to address these concerns with the university. As it was last term we have not found the university’s response to be satisfactory and we continue to seek clarity. We want to share what information we have so far and to provide you with the steps that can be taken under the Collective Agreement where applicable.
[ Read More ]
Region 5 (Toronto Regional Office),
will be hosting a Virtual Educational
This 6-hour course provides new activists and stewards with the tools to create a profile of the diverse members the steward represents, and an understanding of the questions to pursue after the course. Participants will receive a basic orientation to the role of stewards and other LEC members and will develop an understanding of the structure of OPSEU/SEFPO. Information about key union resources will be provided, as well as options for resolving workplace issues, including the steps of the grievance process and common labour terms and vocabulary. [ Read More ]
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Releases News Letter
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 ]
Ontario Federation of Labour
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?
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
Return to Work Update
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 ]
Ryerson's Unions Become Coalition
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:
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
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
Are you a Canadian Injured Worker?
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.
(by Terri Szymanski from OPSEU Health and Safety Officer.)
OPSEU Wellness Series
Ontario In Shutdown!
Interim Trustee Report is In!
Becoming A Signed Member Just Got Easier!
Former President - Cease and Desist
Attention Members! - OPSEU Educational
OPSEU Local 596 In Trusteeship!
Latest Treasurer Report Out
Enhanced Province Wide Shutdown(Posted Jan 12, 2021)
As of January 12 2021, the Province of Ontario has implemented further shutdown measures . These measures will take effect as of January 14, 2021. The province wide shutdown measures will remain in effect until February 11, 2021.
Enforcement personnel will have the authority to issue tickets to individuals, employees and corporations in retail settings and businesses if found not complying with an order (e.g. staff member or customer not wearing a face covering.)
Emergency LEC Meetings(Posted Dec 21, 2020)
There were two emergency LEC meeting invites sent out today. The OPSEU Staff representative, Pauline Cheslock, was in attendance at both meetings. The LEC representatives were given only 3 hours to respond to each invite.
At the noon meeting, our staff representative pointed out that the meeting's agenda was out of order and needed to be taken to the membership via GMM. This meeting did not pass the approval of the agenda.
At the 3pm meeting, the LEC representatives were asked to pass minutes of the 9am meeting. Not all representatives at this meeting attended the 9am meeting. The meeting abruptly ended when the motion to pass the prior meeting minutes did not get passed.
Please note there was no motion regarding any sort of funding in either meeting regardless to what has been circulated otherwise. Please reach out to your LEC Unit stewards for more in depth understanding of what transpired. -- Jason Naughton
OPSEU HQ Message for all(Posted Dec 18, 2020)
Treasurer Report In!(Posted Aug 25, 2020)
A Treasurer's update is out. Hat's off to our new treasurer Grace He as she found an outstanding $120,842 in funds owing to the Local from OPSEU dating back from 2017. On only her first term as treasurer too!!! NICE CATCH! -- Jason Naughton, (read more...)
Ontario Declares Post Secondary Open(Posted June 11, 2020)
Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer's reopening.
In September, all students will have the opportunity to attend postsecondary education through virtual learning, in-class instruction, or hybrid formats. (read more...)
Black Lives Mater(posted June 5, 2020)
These three words best describe a global community's feelings of hurt, heartbreak, and frustration in response to the recent police-involved and unnecessary deaths of black people in Canada and in the United States. (read more...)
(posted June 5, 2020)
The protests in Canada, the United States, and Europe demonstrate a strong commitment from people of all races and backgrounds to speak out against systemic racism. The words “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” appeal to humanity as a painful reminder that all is not as equal as it should be. We can, and must, do more to create equality among all. #BlackoutTuesday