OPSSU Q&A – Issue 5

OPSSU members have lots of questions. And we want to ensure you get answers. Please send questions (from a NON-WORK EMAIL) to bargaining2016@opssu.ca. Every couple of days, we will collate the questions we’ve received and circulate Q&As to ensure consistent answers are provided.

Be assured your confidentiality will be respected throughout this process. If you have a specific question, we will address your concern and distill general issues (as appropriate) to answer with the full membership. We look forward to hearing from you!

Questions about process

What happens if the tentative agreement is rejected a second time and, as such, the bargaining unit does not ratify the tentative agreement? Will we immediately be on strike? Will we return to work, and work without a contract?

If the tentative agreement is rejected (a vote of 50% +1), OPSSU will be on strike immediately. OPSSU has stated that we will not return to work without a contract.

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Press Release

For immediate release

OPSSU reaches last-minute deal with OPSEU

(TORONTO – August 25, 2016) The Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU) has reached a last-minute tentative agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), narrowly averting a strike. The strike deadline was set for Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:01a.m.

Bargaining team chair, Mirla Alvarado Fenn, thanked her members and allies for their support during difficult negotiations: “We would not have been able to sustain our strength during bargaining without the outpouring of support from not only our own OPSSU members, but also OPSEU member allies and friends in the labour movement. Throughout the bargaining phase it was clear that our members were united and we will now enter into the most important phase, which is education and enforcement of our collective agreement.”

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OPSSU Benefits Bulletin

The OPSSU Benefits Committee has secured strike benefits for active members (both permanent and temporary) and their dependents through Manulife. OPSSU will be paying the premiums for the benefits plan directly for all members. Details of the coverage is set out in the FollowMe document attached to this email.

In the event of a labour disruption, benefit coverage will commence
on September 1st, 2016. Assuming a labour disruption commences
on August 25th, 2016, there will be no benefit coverage from August 25 to August 31st. There will be a hardship committee convened to consider payment where a crucial benefit was not covered either during the week of no-coverage or afterward if the benefit provided is not covered by Manulife. The hardship committee will look at extraordinary situations.

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OPSSU Bargaining Update

Dear Members:

The parties have agreed to resume negotiations tomorrow at 5:00 pm. Please remember to keep in touch with your Contact Unit person and share you personal contact information, check OPSSU website, Facebook and Twitter for future updates as we get closer to a strike deadline.

Thank you all for your support.

In solidary,
Your Bargaining Team

The Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU) represents the front line staff of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. We work in the union’s head office in Toronto and in 19 regional offices across Ontario, providing a wide range of services to over 100,000 of the union’s members.