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

Ministry Of Health

Releases Document of COVID 19 Symptoms

(Posted May 27, 2020)

On May 25, 2020 the Ontario Ministry of Health released a Document of Symptoms regarding COVID 19. Read About it here.

(Posted April 30, 2020)

For 130 years, workers around the world celebrated May Day.

They did so in times and places where that was incredibly difficult, where dictatorial regimes banned their actions, where employers and their thugs used violence against them.

Nothing could stop us from having our day, the day workers everywhere can call our own.

Nothing -- until COVID-19 came along.

Today, hundreds of millions of us are unable to go to our regular workplaces. Our front-line workers take enormous risks every day. The global economy is in free-fall and never before were our unions needed more than they are now.

May Day 2020 must go ahead, and if we can't meet in the streets, we'll meet online.

Tomorrow, Friday, LabourStart in partnership with global unions is going live with a 12 hour broadcast on the net.

We have everything you'd expect from a May Day celebration.

  • The leaders of global, national and local unions will deliver their May Day addresses.
  • Individual workers and activists will talk about their struggles.
  • We'll show historical footage of May Day in the past in places like London and Istanbul.
  • And we'll have music -- lots of music. In fact, we're participating in a global solidarity concert as part of the celebration.

I'd like to invite you to do two things this May Day:

1. Join us from 07:00 UTC (08:00 in London) until 19:00 here:

2. Make sure that other members of your union -- and the general public too -- know about this historic event. Spread the word!

Thank you -- and see you on May Day!

Eric Lee

Ontario Releases April 20th, 2020 COVID 19 Modeling Info

(Posted April 21, 2020)

Ontario looks like it's Flattening the curve! (Read it here)

Benefits/Pension Fact Sheet Released WRT COVID19

(Posted April 14, 2020)

OPSEU has released a COVID 19 fact sheet with regards to COVID 19 (read it here). There is also a WSIB Incident report form with specific regards to COVID 19. Both documents are available from the COVID 19 website page.

Navigating Your Rights During COVID 19 Crisis

(posted April 6,2020)

OPSEU HQ FAQ with regards to members rights. (read more here)

Suspending legislated time limits

(posted April 4, 2020)

Last week, the Government of Ontario issued a regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, suspending legislated limitation periods for the duration of the state of emergency. (read more here)

Ontario COVID 19 Projections Model

(posted April 3, 2020)

Read all about it here! Hopefully we can flatten the curve and get back to work as soon as possible.

COVID 19 Information Source

(posted March 31, 2020)

OPSEU Local 596 has put up a dedicated page regards to various information regarding COVID 19. Read About it here.

WSIB Ontario Novel Coronavirus Claims

(posted March 27, 2020)

WSIB describes the COVID 19 claim documentation provides entitlement guidelines for claims for COVID-19.

Ontario Legislation regarding COVID 19

(posted March 27, 2020)

Ontario Legislature has passed the New Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies) 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives (Read About it here)