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March 11, 2023
The elected Representatives to the Convention are:
1. Jonathan Leung (automatic)
2. Michelle Bakracevski
3. Leanne Beaudry
4. Jackie Schumacher
5. Mary Bloomfield
6. Taryn McDiarmid
1. Gabriela Turnbull
2. Kristina Walters
March 11, 2023
Thank you everyone for attending the meeting.
Congratulations to Carrol Espie , the lucky winner of the $500 Visa card .
December 18, 2022
Article 34.04 b) Where an employee is assigned temporarily to perform the duties of a position in a classification with a higher salary, he or she shall be paid acting pay from that day in accordance with the next higher rate in the higher classification, providing he or she has performed the duties for the full day.
Article December 18, 2022
New Article 25.02 After three consecutive days of absence caused by sickness or injury the Employee will be required to provide a medical certificate supporting such absence. Notwithstanding this provision, where it is suspected there may be an abuse of sick leave, the employee’s manager may require an employee to submit a medical certificate for a period of absence of less than three (3) days. Any such certificate requested by the Hospital, shall be paid by the Hospital.
Requests for further medical documentation shall be reasonable
and take into consideration the nature of the illness or injury.
During previous round of bargaining, we gave noticed to the Employer that we will enforce specific language in the Collective Agreement on the following;
Article 35.03 ……The overtime rate shall be one-and-one-half (1 1/2) times the regular straight time hourly rate of pay calculated to the nearest half-hour.
e.g. OT work of 25 minutes, our position is 25 minx 1.5(OT rate) = 37.5 min at straight time rate, then round to the half hour = 1 hour.
Previous calculation: 25 minutes OT work will be paid 37.5 minutes straight time rate.
This method of calculation should apply to a full shift as well (e.g. 11.25 hr shift)
Article 37.08 Reporting Pay
We took the position this Article applies regardless of whether it is an extension of shift or not.
OPSEU will not deduct dues off on the Nursing Retention Fund
Please see below. Subjected to Ratification.
Tentative Agreement below had been ratified by the membership on June 30, 2022
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OPSEU is proceeding with a Charter Challenge on Bill 124
We will have our first Court Day scheduled in September 2022
April 4, 2022
For member information
The Employer sent a letter out on Thursday, March 31, 2022 providing an update regarding the Pay Equity process. In it they state that the parties were unable to resolve their issues and the Employer felt it was important to move forward and implement what they are calling an Interim Pay Equity Plan.
For some historical context, the parties have been engaging in Pay Equity Negotiations since 2011. This process has included many parts including but not limited to the data collection in 2013 with the submission of the Job Evaluation Questionnaires (JIQ) to the evaluation of those JIQ. The parties were able to meet and work through many issues up to November of 2020 when the process became stalled in some part due to the pandemic. The Union made multiple attempts to schedule further meetings with no success until January 2022. At this point, the Employer had engaged a Consultant who, despite the work the Committee had done, had some issues with the results.
Despite multiple meetings in January, February and March of 2022, the parties were not able to reach agreement on both the content of the plan and the retroactive date. This has brought us to today, where the Employer indicated they had created an Interim Pay Equity Plan. We are not in agreement with this Plan. We will make every reasonable effort to continue to work with the Employer to negotiate an agreed to Pay Equity Plan. If it remains unsuccessful, we will utilize every avenue that we have in order to bring a fair and correct result to the membership.
Should you have any questions regarding the Interim Pay Equity Plan, please direct your questions to the Employer.
We will continue to provide you updates on how things are progressing.
February 12, 2022
Thank you to all our members who participated.
Your new Local Executive is as follows:
President – Jonathan Leung
Vice President - Brian Costello
Chief Steward - Gabriela Turnbull
Treasurer - Leanne Beaudry
Secretary – Michelle Bakracevski
January 20, 2022
What the arbitrator decided:
April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022
Effective April 1, 2020 - General Wage increase 1.0%
Effective April 1, 2021 – General Wage Increase 1.0%
- increased to $2.10 / hour
Lead-hand/ in-charge PREMIUMS
– increased to $1.00/hour
Effective the date of the award, will be added to Psychometrist classification of the wage grid.
General issues and language:
- 25.02: New language on medical certificate and documentation
- New language (35.09) – choosing lines on the master schedule
- Language improvement in Article 41
Note regarding Retroactivity
Retroactivity shall be paid on wage increase within 4 full pay periods. Specific instruction for former employee.
Items agreed to prior to arbitration:
- New Letter of Understanding – related to a Whistleblowing policy
- Add clarification on the process for addressing Workload issue in Article 44
- 3.04 : Mandatory education will not be considered as work for the purpose of working a shift in the 4 month period.
- Language improvement in Article 27 - Vacation schedules and requests
We also put the Employer on notice to strict adherence to certain Articles.
Members are encouraged to read the Dissent by our Nominee in the Award
January 13, 2022
In response to the recent increase in the prevalence of COVID cases, the Employer had made many rapid changes in their protocols.
The Employer has determined to reduce the staffing level to the weekend numbers. Although we have significant staffing shortage, but it is not business as usual. If you are facing increased workload, discussed with your Manager to prioritize the tasks. While caring for the patients is our priority, we need to look after ourselves to prevent burnt out.
If you have concerns with workload, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or filled out a workload form or contact the Union Office @ Ext 6351.
If you have a Health and Safety concerns, please contact a worker member of JHSC or email JHSC@opseu331.org or contact the Union Office @ Ext. 6351
If there is an urgent Health and safety concern, please call/ text the H&S phone. (The number is on the Union Notice Board in your staff room)
Please ensure your Manager is aware of your concerns.
January 13, 2022
I think I contracted coronavirus (COVID-19) at work. Should I file a claim?
How will the WSIB determine if a COVID-19 claim will be allowed?
I had a reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. Can I get WSIB benefits/file a claim?
December 24, 2020
The Collective Agreement has a provision regarding the effect on sick benefit whenever a sick leave of absence commences in one calendar year and continues into the following calendar year?
Article 25.01 (c) where an employee is on sick leave of absence which commences in one (1) calendar year and continues into the following calendar year, they are not entitled to refresh their annual sick leave bank, until the employee has returned to work for a period of fifteen (15) consecutive working days. For clarity, such an employee is not entitled to sick leave of absence with pay for more than 130 working days in the 2 calendar years combined, unless the employee has returned to work for a period of fifteen (15) consecutive working days prior to being entitled to further sick leave.Click to edit text.
We have a different interpretation with the Employer on Article 18.06 (c). Please contact the Union Office if you are affected.