BARGAINING RED ALERT
JUNE 24, 2005 - CONGRATULATIONS! WE'VE GOT A CONTRACT
Ratification was reached today with a 91% vote in favour of the contract proposed on June 11, 2005. For
more information, click on the website below:
June 11, 2005 - TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED
On Satruday, June 11, 2005, the OPS Bargaining Teams and the Employer reached a tentative agreement. A Ratification
Vote will be held across the province on June 22 and 23.
To read the proposed agreements, click here:
June 1, 2005 - Media blackout imposed (from The Source)
The Central and Corrections Bargaining Teams met with the mediator, William Kaplan, who will assist in
negotiations. At the request of the mediator, both union teams and the employer reps have agreed that there will be a blackout
on the reporting of any discussions, positions or possible resolutions of any bargaining matters until the mediator decides
A blackout is a regular practice in the bargaining process and is not intended to keep the membership
in the dark. It allows both teams to continue their discussions on issues and prevents any disclosure of information that
may jeopardize the team’s ability to negotiate.
Both teams appreciate the membership’s continued support as they move forward
in getting a fair and respectable collective agreement.
May 28, 2005 - EMPLOYER'S OFFER REJECTED
With a 65% strike mandate, Bargaining Teams return to the table on Monday, May 30, 2005. No strike date
has been set. To read the related OPSEU newsrelease, click here: http://www.opseu.org/news/Press2005/may282005.htm
May 12, 2005 - Employer "final" offer tabled
The Bargaining Teams have received the Employer's "final" offer, to be voted upon by the membership.
Click below to read the offer:
May 10, 2005 - The Bargaining Teams call for Employer's "final offer"
OPSEU President Leah Casselman, in a media conference today, has indicated that there has been no real
movement at the bargaining table in a number of weeks. This despite the appointment of a conciliator.
As a result, the Bargaining Teams have asked for the Employer's "final offer" to be put forth to the membership for a vote.
The Employer has 48 hours to present the "final" offer to the union for review.
An All President's Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2005 with high ranking OPSEU officials
to discuss the Employer's offer. It is anticipated that the offer will available on the OPSEU website May 15, 2005.
On Monday, May 16, 2005, Region 3 will be holding a Contract Information Session at the CAW Hall at 1425 Philip Murray
Ave., Oshawa. Region 3 includes members from Local 340. The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Region
3 Central Bargaining Team member and Local 340 Vice-President, Kathleen Demareski, will be present at this meeting.
Voting on the Employer's offer is scheduled for May 25, 26 and 27. Local 340 members will vote at their Strike
Headquarters, 11 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa. The voting times are as follows:
May 25-26 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On the table right now, members can expect a wage increase of only 2% each year for
the next three years and Factor 80 available to surplus employees only. These employees would be served
with surplus notices before March 31, 2006 and would otherwise need to qualify for Factor 80 under regular circumstances.
These conditions are in addition to the other concessions the employer has requested so far,
which includes eliminating enhanced severance and termination payments.
Voting on the offer is expected May 25, 26, and 27. Local 340 members will likely be
voting at our Strike Headquarters, 11 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa. Again, details are yet to be confirmed.
April 20, 2005 - Excerpts from OPSEU newsrelease
OPSEU files for conciliation in Ontario Public Service negotiations
TORONTO – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has triggered the conciliation process in public
service bargaining with the Ontario government.
The union is hoping to speed the progress of talks with the government on a new contract. The previous
contract expired Dec. 31, 2004.
On April 13, the Liberals confirmed the layoff of 3,700 further Ontario Public Service employees. The
Liberals continue to demand major concessions on areas such as job security and bargaining unit integrity.
Under Ontario law, conciliation continues until the two parties reach either an agreement
or an impasse in bargaining. If conciliation fails, there is a period of approximately 17 days until union members can strike
or the employer can lock them out.