Region 2 – July education

OPSEU Region 2 is hosting virtual educational sessions via Zoom in July. All members are welcome to apply.

New Activists/Stewards Orientation

This 6-hour course provides new 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. 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.

Saturday July 24, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Tuesday July 20 and Thursday July 22, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  

Duty to Accommodate

This online session focuses on the Duty to Accommodate around the Ontario Human Rights Code and the 17 prohibited grounds identified in human rights legislation. It also covers the rights of employers, employees and the Union and their roles in fulfilling accommodation requests.

Complete with a case study, the course explores the theme that sometimes in order to treat people equally and fairly means they have to be treated differently from others. It also emphasizes that employers must reasonably accommodate employees who fall into the groups protected by human rights legislation.

Wednesday July 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Wednesday July 28, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

The registration deadline is Monday, July 12

Please see the attached form, and if you have any questions please contact Susan at ftunitsteward@opseu241.ca

OPSEU/SEFPO Part-Time College Support bargaining team reaches tentative agreement

After negotiating improvements to their contract, the bargaining team representing OPSEU/SEFPO part-time college support workers has obtained a tentative agreement.

The tentative agreement was reached late on June 25 after a 12-hour session. The previous contract for the roughly 16,000 part-time support workers at the province’s 24 community colleges expired on Jan. 31, 2021.

Details of the tentative agreement will be released when OPSEU/SEFPO’s members in part-time college support have had a chance to review. The date of the ratification vote will be announced soon.

2021 June 30|Part-Time Members|

2021 Young Workers Conference

The Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) invites you to submit your application by July 9 for the 2021 Young Workers Conference, to take place virtually on August 14, 2021. 

The theme of the conference is “Young Workers in the Post Pandemic World: How to Organize, Mobilize and Strategize using Digital Media” and will provide today’s young workers and leaders in the labour movement with powerful tools for mobilization. This conference, including the guest speakers and related activities, will focus on how social media has changed traditional mobilization structures, increased the speed and interactivity of communication, and has transformed the landscape of campaigns and political protest.

The event is open to all OPSEU/SEFPO members in good standing, regardless of their union experience, who identify as young workers, 35 and under. Members of equity-seeking groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Do not miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun. For more information, and the view the agenda, please visit: https://opseu.org/news/123622/

If you have any questions please contact Susan at ftunitsteward@opseu241.ca

2021 June 18|All Members, External Events|

College Support Part-time Bargaining Bulletin

We’re bargaining for better! Better for workers. Better for students. Better for the economic recovery of this province. After spending some solid time preparing for success at the table, your bargaining team and the employer have landed on bargaining dates, and we are now happy to report that bargaining dates have been confirmed and we will be going to the table on June 22, 25 and 30.

The bargaining team is putting the final touches on our strategy and the demands we’re bringing to the table. The demands and priorities delegates voted for at the final-demand set meeting held in late January will always be our compass. That means we’ll be focusing on things that really matter to you, like paid sick days and benefits, job postings and job security.

Once bargaining starts, we’ll update you on developments. Read more: https://opseu.org/news/bargaining-bulletin-2-all-set-to-bargain/

2021 June 9|Part-Time Members|

Day of Mourning 2021

This year the Hamilton and District Labour Council will be replicating the traditional Day of Mourning ceremony from City Hall in a virtual space on Zoom.

The national theme for this year’s event is The Human Cost of COVID-19

We will remember those that we’ve lost due to workplace injuries and illnesses, not just this past year, but also throughout our personal workplace histories on April 28 at 11 am.

Learn more and register for the event at: https://www.hamiltonlabour.ca/day_of_mourning_2021

2021 April 24|External Events|

Statistics Canada is hiring for the 2021 Census

Canada’s next Census of Population will take place in spring 2021. Statistics Canada will be hiring across the country in every community, big and small, in preparation for the 2021 Census.

Start and end dates vary by position and location, and you must be available to work flexible hours, mainly during evenings and weekends.

You can learn more and apply online at www.census.gc.ca/jobs

2021 April 16|All Members, External Events|

Monthly Queermunity Zoom Room

OPSEU/SEFPO’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel (RAA) will be holding monthly Queermunity town halls via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month!

Be sure to join them as they discuss queer issues, chat about upcoming events and host guest speakers. Email pride@opseu.org to be added to the Queermunity email list. Your welcome email will include the Zoom information.

Wednesdays. 7:30pm – 8:30pm
March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27, November 24.  

Cost: Free

If you have any question or would like to be a guest speaker, please contact pride@opseu.org

2021 April 2|All Members, External Events|

General Membership Meeting

OPSEU Local 241 is hosting an online General Membership Meeting for all members on Wednesday, April 7 at 5:30 pm.

RSVP online here

GMMs are where members take the important action of discussing and voting on the matters that affect our local, and are held a minimum of 2 times per year.

We will be voting on bylaw amendments and will discuss updates on current local activities and the part-time collective bargaining process.  There will be a question and answer period, and you will be able to chat with your local team.

Attendance is critical! Part-time employees are very strongly encouraged to attend. We must always have a specific number of members in attendance so that we can vote on bylaw amendments.

We look forward to seeing you on April 7!

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About Local 241

OPSEU Local 241 proudly represents all Support Staff at Mohawk College, including part-time and student employees.

Local Stewards are volunteers who offer confidential, one-on-one support to our members to help navigate life in the workplace and exercise our rights as workers. Need assistance? Contact us.

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