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June is Aboriginal History Month

Since 2009, June has been declared Aboriginal History Month.  This is a chance to look back on and celebrate the contribution Aboriginal people have made to Canada.  It is also a chance to take part in and experience the rich culture of Aboriginal peoples through events happening during the month.

Why Should I Join The OPS Bargaining Rally?

OPS Bargaining Rally, Tuesday, February 17th, 7 AM – 9 AM, Queen’s Park South Lawn

Yes, the rally on the 17th is early in the morning.
Yes, the temperature may be less than ideal.
Yes, a rally may seem pointless

So you may ask yourself, why should I join the rally tomorrow?

There are a few ways to answer the question.  The simple answer is to point out it’s your contract, your working conditions, your benefits that you are trying to protect.

The more difficult answer is one that is harder to prove.  The more actively involved members become in actions ahead of time, the less likely the need to strike or the chance of being locked out.

All employers when contract talks take place gauge the support that the union bargaining team has.  Whether it’s through conversations that take place with the employer and members, actions that they see members taking or seeing rallies that members take part in.  These are all gauges of the support of your bargaining teams and the demands that you put forward.

While there are a number of gauges that we have little control over, such as political pressures, we do have control over our actions and what we say and what we do.

That’s where you come in……..participating in rallies or actions in and around your workplace may seem like a waste of time and effort, but, your employer is watching.  There is no guarantee that actions taken now will avoid a strike or lockout, however, isn’t it better to take action now….when you are still being paid….rather than after a strike or lockout has happened and you’re not getting paid?

Perhaps the question at the beginning of this article should be “Why wouldn’t I join the rally?”

In the end, it’s up to you to actively participate….nobody can tell what you must do.  Your demands were put on the table after weeks of debate, which you had input in.  The concessions you face affect your wages, benefits, etc. which you and your past bargaining teams put forward.  The changes that the employer wants to make to your contract affects your life in their own unique way.

ONLY YOU know how these changes will affect you, and ONLY YOU can control what you say or do in support of bargaining.

It is when all the “ONLY YOU’s” come together that we have strength and solidarity.

JOIN US February, 17th……Queen’s Park, 7 AM…….let’s show the government that solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Rod Bemister,

GTAC Communications Chair

The Toronto Star: charges laid against CAMH months after nurse allegedly beaten….

The Toronto Star: charges laid against CAMH months after nurse allegedly beaten. http://t.co/SSccgrk8cS


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Northern Life: Glitchy system leaves recipients in the lurch, OPSEU says. http:/…

Northern Life: Glitchy system leaves recipients in the lurch, OPSEU says. http://t.co/xiGLSTL5F4


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The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) says computer problems that plagued the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) in November haven't gone away and are creating havoc for recipients of government assistance just in time for Christmas.Frontline OPSEU workers, who administer the so…

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BREAKING: latest TableTalk update. Don’t listen to rumours. TableTalk is the onl…

BREAKING: latest TableTalk update. Don't listen to rumours. TableTalk is the only official OPS bargaining info! http://bit.ly/1AXw3lc


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Your Central/Unified Team wants to thank you for all your hard work over the last several months. From demonstrations, workplace actions and showing your union colours, your activism has not gone unnoticed by the employer. Your support has been awesome, and has greatly helped your team.

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More than 800 employees of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Ontario have set a J…

More than 800 employees of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Ontario have set a Jan. 8, 2015 strike deadline and warn that concessions sought by management pose a serious risk to the future safety of the blood system.
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Blood supply workers set Jan. 8 strike deadline; warn of risks by management | Ontario Public…
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More than 800 employees of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Ontario have set a Jan. 8, 2015 strike deadline and warn that concessions sought by management pose a serious risk to the future safety of the blood system. “If we learned anything from the blood contamination tragedy of a quarter century a…

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Computer problems that plagued the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) in…

Computer problems that plagued the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) in November, causing havoc for recipients of government assistance payments, are repeating themselves at the end of this month.
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Month end computer mess plagues SAMS again: OPSEU | Ontario Public Service Employees Union
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Computer problems that plagued the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) in November, causing havoc for recipients of government assistance payments, are repeating themselves at the end of this month, says the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

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CBC News: Smokey Thomas calls for Helena Jaczek's resignation: Minister must take fall for troublesome social assistance software.
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Summary of Legislation Restricting Collective Bargaining and Trade Union Rights in Canada 1982-2014 | labourrights.ca

Summary of Legislation Restricting Collective Bargaining and Trade Union Rights in Canada 1982-2014 | labourrights.ca.

Over the past three decades, there has been a marked decline in a workers’ right to unionize and engage in full and free collective bargaining.  See this summary of legislation that has been passed restricting collective bargaining and trade union rights over the last 30 years.

OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2014

 OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

(TORONTO, ON) – “Today’s release of the Ontario Government consultation paper on the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) marks the beginning of public deliberations on retirement security that Ontarians have been demanding for over twenty years,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “It also exemplifies the failure of the Harper government to defend the future of Canadians.”

Despite public demand, provincial support and sustained lobbying from Canada’s labour movement, the Harper government has repeatedly rejected the call for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The result is a desperate situation where the 70 percent of Canadians without a workplace pension can expect to languish on sub-poverty CPP benefits when they should be enjoying their golden years. The average Ontario retiree receives a meager $6,800 a year from the CPP.

Yet, dwindling personal savings and ballooning household debt paint a bleak retirement future for a province that has shed nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000 and now gives home to half a million people (one in ten workers) who toil for minimum wage. With the number of seniors expected to double by 2036, it is fair to say that the lack of retirement security is the crisis of our times.

The OFL welcomes the release of Ontario’s pension consultation paper and is pleased that Finance Minister Sousa has already responded to one of labour’s biggest concerns by confirming that Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs), which amount to glorified savings plans, will not be deemed comparable to the ORPP.

“Ontarians already know the plight of retirees, but now we can present concrete solutions. Ontario has an opportunity to protect families where Harper has failed them,” said Ryan. “I can confidently say that Ontario’s labour movement, representing more than one million workers, will be fully engaging in this public process to ensure that Ontario’s pension plan provides the strongest possible security for retirees.”

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow the OFL on Facebook and Twitter: @OFLabour.

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For further information:

Sid Ryan, OFL President: 416-209-0066 or @SidRyan_OFL

Joel Duff, OFL Communications Director: 416-707-0349 or jduff@ofl.ca*FRE/ENG*



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