Join OPSEU Region 5 at the 2017 Toronto Labour Day Parade

Labour Day 2017 is less than a week away, and once again, this will be a great opportunity to join hundreds of OPSEU activists, the WE OWN IT CAMPAIGN, the Fight for $15 & Fairness/Make it Fair Campaign, and more than 20,000 of our labour and community allies at the BIGGEST, LOUDEST and PROUDEST annual labour event in Canada!

  • WE OWN IT! Stop the privatization of our public services!
  • Support the Fight for $15 and Fairness!
  • Speak up for the rights of ALL workers and our communities!

When:   Monday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m.
Where:  University Avenue, east side, south of Dundas St.
March:  West on Queen St. to Dufferin then south into the CNE

  • INVITE your OPSEU sisters, brothers & comrades to join us!
  • BRING your family, kids & friends
  • OPSEU T-SHIRTS and FREE ADMISSION to the CNE for all OPSEU members marching with us
  • PRIZES for the OPSEU locals with the best turn-out
  • SNACKS & DRINKS for marchers along the route. (Bring your own water.)
  • RIDES available FOR THOSE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES. (SPACES ARE LIMITED. E-mail us early to reserve your seat atopseuregion5ebms@gmail.com)

College Support Staff Offered Surprise Contract Extension

College Support Staff have been offered a deal to extend our current Contract, which ends August 31, 2018, by four more years, in return for a 7.75% wage increase, the first year’s raise presented 6 months before the contract ends, as well as other cost-neutral improvements, including 5 family care days, catastrophic drug cost coverage, and the first improvements to contracting out language we’ve seen in over two decades. OPSEU administrators and members of the Divisional Executive signed a tentative agreement endorsing the Offer, and now 9,000 + Full-Time, Appendix D and G bargaining unit members will have their say. A vote date is expected to be confirmed early next week, and details about polling stations and times will follow. Details of the offer can be viewed here:

Tentative Agreement Announcement

Full Text of Agreement

If members turn down this Offer, we will bargain as usual. We will elect a Bargaining Team in October, engage our 24 college locals in demand setting throughout the winter, then start meeting with the employer in June. Regular bargaining supported by a strong strike vote is still an option. Nobody has taken away our rights. We are merely offering members a choice: take the extension or bargain as usual.

There are a few critics who feel we should have made that decision for you, and refused this deal “on principle” because our Bargaining procedures were not followed. I do not agree. Thanks to OPSEU President, Smokey Thomas, and senior Administrators, Ron Elliot and Bob Eaton, the leadership of our Division was allowed to make our own decision on what was best for our members at this time. We decided that this is a choice that needs to be considered and made by all Support Staff.

In Solidarity,

Janice Hagan

Toronto Labour Day Parade

Join Region 5 OPSEU members at Toronto’s Labour Day Parade. This year’s theme is about protecting our jobs against Privatization, and improving the rights of precarious workers. Bring your friends and family. As always, there will be free T-shirts for OPSEU members, prizes and free admission for all parade marchers into the CNE. If you have mobility issues and require assistance, email opseuregion5ebms@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Last year, Local 561 won the prize for most members attending the parade. Hope to see everyone again, and many new members!