The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has fired four staff and issued suspensions without pay for four other staff within the past nine working days. This follows ratification of a new collective agreement on Sunday, August 28, 2016.
The Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU) received notice on September 6 that OPSEU also filed an employer policy grievance against OPSSU naming 22 staff.
OPSSU President, Pati Habermann, maintains that many or all of these recent firings and suspensions are related to the recent heated round of bargaining between OPSSU and OPSEU.
Labour Day is a time of solidarity and celebration of the power of unions.
This Labour Day, I ask you to consider the following key question: Do you feel safe in the workplace?
OPSSU is at a turning point. As we begin the enforcement of our newly ratified collective agreement, I am deeply moved by the solidarity of our membership. We are standing together and supporting each other, and this is our strength.
I know the current issues being experienced by our members are frightening. Many of us feel targeted, and that our jobs are threatened.
The recent firing of two of our members, suspension of five IT staff three of whom have still not returned to the workplace, and the suspension of two other members without pay, are shameful new additions to the growing roster of grievances OPSSU has filed. There have been more than 70 grievances this year alone.
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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.”