#REDforED Campaign Update - Wear RED Thursday

Hello 330 Members,
 
We want to thank you for staying connected and checking and responding to our emails over the past few weeks. We had an overwhelming response for the #RedforEd t-shirts. We are happy to confirm that Tshirts were delivered to all worksites last Thursday and Friday. If you did not order one and would like to order one, please contact opseu330@bellnet.ca. 
 
Beginning this Thursday, May 9th we are encouraging everyone to wear your #RedforEd shirt. Joining ETFO and OSSTF colleagues in wearing Red shirts on Thursday's. This has been changed by our groups in response to concerns about Friday's being wear Red for our military members. 
 
 
We would love to see the solidarity in your workplaces by receiving group pictures in your red shirts. Please take photos and send to opseu330@bellnet.ca or text to 7057308707 for us to post on our Facebook and Twitter
#Sharing that Education Cuts Hurt
 
We also want to thank you for the overwhelming response to the Support Staff Appreciation Dinner on May 13th. The response was so overwhelming that we very quickly reached capacity on the reservations. Unfortunately our registration tool did not provide an automatic confirmation response, therefore we will be sending out an email by the end of the week to confirm your reservation for the dinner. 
 
 
 
 
#OPSEUEducationStrong #ONTStudentsMatter
 
 
In Solidarity,
Kelly Martin
President


#REDforED Campaign Kickoff

We're excited to announce the first part of OPSEU 330's response to the #RedforEd and the Education Cuts campaign. Beginning tomorrow, your local executive stewards will begin delivering buttons and stickers to your worksites. 
We are also working on finalizing the design of our #RedforEd T-shirts, and once we do another message with an ordering link will be sent out. Hoping by end of day tomorrow. 
 
This is just the beginning of how OPSEU will be supporting its education workers as part of the resistance to Ford's cutbacks!
#OPSEUEducationStrong #ONTStudentsMatter

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RALLY for Education and “#REDforED”

Hello Everyone,                                        

#REDforED

Hello OPSEU 330 Members,

Tomorrow Wear RED for ED! 

We are encouraging members to wear red every Friday to show solidarity in the Provincial wide #RedforEd Campaign supporting Education Workers in Ontario!  We are working on T-shirts for our members to support the Campaign. Details to follow. 
 
Next Weekend - Saturday, April 6th, there is an Education Worker Rally are at Queen's Park, to show Ford exactly how many students, parents and Education Worker's are opposed to the cuts. We have been working with various education partners to provide bus transportation to and from Toronto. This is a rally for all and registration will be done using the link below. To sign up, please use the link below and feel free to bring friends, family members, neighbours, etc. The more the merrier!! I look forward to seeing you all at Queen’s Park.

***Please use the following bus registration form to reserve a seat(s) on a bus for the RALLY For Education on April 6th at Noon at Queen’s Park, Toronto:   Link.   ***

Midland                              9:00a.m:                        St. Theresa's Catholic High School 347 Galloway Blvd .
Wasaga Beach                    9:30a.m:                         Rec Plex 1724 Mosley Street
Orillia                                  9:30a.m:                        Patrick Fogarty Catholic High School 11 Commerce Rd
Barrie                                 10:00a.m:                       SCETF Office 351 King St, Barrie
Highway 88/400 Car Park   10:30a.m

Stay tuned tomorrow for further updates on how Local 330, Sector 3 - Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions, and OPSEU will be mobilizing to fight these cuts.  #ONSTUDENTSMATTER
 

IMPORTANT Reminders for March

Hello, OPSEU 330 Members,

For those that were off for March break, and those that may have had a quieter week while working over March Break, I you had a chance to relax and recharge!

This is reminder of a few IMPORTANT things going on in our Local.

General Membership Meeting (for all permanent and supply OPSEU Members) is this Tuesday, March 19th, at Ferndale Banquet Hall, Barrie. Registration opens at 4:45 and meeting will be called to order at 6:00pm. Hot and cold appetizers and refreshments will be served, as well as a cash bar. Information and agenda for the meeting can be found on the linked Flyer.

TOMORROW WEAR BLACK - Monday, March 18th, Education Worker’s in Ontario are encouraged to WEAR BLACK to show our united Protest to Ford’s devastating cuts to our schools and education! Please wear black to show our solidarity within SCDSB! If groups pictures are taken please send to opseu330@bellnet.ca so we can share on our Local and Sector Facebook Page.

“Come From Away” Road Trip

There are only a few spots left to be reserved for our trip to “Come From Away!”

Please see the flyer for information and to reserve your spot!

Preparation for Upcoming Negotiations Year

To begin preparing for the upcoming round of negotiations, as our Central and Local Agreements end August 31st of 2019, the Executive of Sector 3 - Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions have created a demand set survey. This will provide us with an understanding of issues from most to least importance so we can assure we are bargaining for you! We need you to complete the Demand Set Survey by Wednesday March 20th, 2019. A time and opportunity for you to have input! To access the Survey Click Here.

The Local and the Provincial Sector Executive are following and will continue follow the recent developments from the announcements by the Minister of Education regarding the Ontario Autism Program and the changes, cuts and impacts to the Education Sector in Ontario! Some of the recent attacks from the Ford Government have been, the Curriculum, Class Sizes and Funding Sources to name a few. How this will affect the Board’s budget remains to be seen. Rest assured that we will be engaged and actively participating in fighting for our fair treatment and a fair contract.

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Kind regards,

Kelly Martin

President and Sector 3 Chair

General Membership Meeting - March 19th 2019

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Local 330 Social Night - Come From Away - May 30th 2019

OPSEU Local 330 is proud to host a social evening at the Elgin Theatre to see 'Come from Away'. Information on how to register for your tickets is available on the flyer.

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Happy New Year - President's Message

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2019!
Before I knew it holiday season was over, and it is a new year and with a blink of an eye January was over and February is here. Between the high and lows of the temperature and the amount of snow some areas have received, the winter landscapes look pretty, but sure make outside duties very grueling!  On February 2nd, most groundhogs predicted an early Spring! Let’s hope that the groundhogs are right.

Inclement Weather
We have had numerous calls, emails, and texts about the email sent out yesterday afternoon by Human Resources Services regarding inclement weather. Please know that we have heard your concerns about its tone, feelings of intimidation and its apparent new expectations. The Union will be addressing this over the coming days. However, with the looming Winter Storm Warning and many hours of snow, ice pellets, and potential freezing rain in the forecast we wanted to send you some information.

The Collective Agreement does not list any conditions on the use of inclement weather, including whether visibility is reduced, or road closures are in effect. We do not believe these are the only two situations that warrant the use of Code 13. You need to be safe. You need to monitor the weather and use your personal judgment if you can get to your worksite safely.

If you need to use an inclement weather day, please be assured that the Union will continue to defend a member's justifiable use of the inclement weather code, if questioned by your Supervisor.

It is recommended that individuals who are unable to safely make it to their work site for the start of your work day, to notify your Principal/Supervisor, before the start of your work day. If conditions do not allow you to make it to your work location within three (3) hours, the individual should advise their principal and input a Code 13.  Please note, it is not recommended to call a Code 13 early in the morning as conditions may improve.

We hear you, we promise that. This is an increasingly tense situation and we have initiated a plan to express your concerns to the board. Please do not think that we are taking this lightly and that we are not doing anything about it.

If you are asked by your Principal or Supervisor to attend a meeting regarding the use of your absence codes. It is important to know that it is your right to have a union representative present when being investigated. We encourage you to contact the office to ensure you have representation and guidance. Call the Office at 705-739-7232.  

Payroll Updates
You may have noticed an increased deduction to your Long-Term Disability in January. With the assistance of our Broker and her negotiation skills she was able to negotiate a lower increase then Great West Life proposed. Due to the increased number of claims we are seeing she was unable to negotiate status quo this y

    2018 2019    
Long Term Disability (%)   2.245 2.425 8.0% increase  
           
           
Board   1.082 1.082   (0.00)
Employee   1.163 1.163   (0,18)
1. The employee portion of benefit costs is based on a 1.0 FTE          
2. 10 month employees pay an additional portion for benefits on each pay to cover the summer premiums.          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a more positive note, as negotiated as part of the Contract Extension 2017-2019, we received a 1% pay increase effective February 1st, 2019. Our last increase of the Contract Extension comes on August 31st, 2019. This is also the date that our current agreements expire.  

Central Negotiations
In preparation for the start of negotiations, your Sector 3 - Boards of Education and Cultural Institution Executive have begun planning. We are fortunate to have 4 Local 330 Executive on the Sector 3 Executive. The members are; Kelly Martin (Chair), Sandra Cadeau (Treasurer) Jason Barker (Secretary) and Bonnie Eddy (member at large).  We are currently working with OPSEU Negotiations team on the development of the Central Demand-Set survey. Once this has been completed and approved it will be emailed out through OPSEU Provincial Communications Department to all email address on file. We will also post and send out a reminder and the link through the local email list to ensure we reach as many members as we can for input by ranking the Central demands. Following completion of the demand set survey the results will be calculated, presented and discussed with the delegates at our School Board Bargaining Conference in late March. Attendees at this conference are the current Sector Executive and the Local President/designate from each OPSEU Education Local.

Benefit Trust
If you are enrolled in the Benefit Trust plan with OTIP/Manulife you will be or may have already received an email from OTIP advising you that you will be receiving a T4A slip for Income Tax purposes. This slip is to reflect the Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy that is included with the plan. In the past this information was included on the employer's T4 slip when they were paying the premiums. Now that OTIP is the plan administrator the issuance of this information comes from them. This year, because of the Benefit Trust commencing in June, this will also be included on the Employer's T4, as well as T4A from OTIP for income tax purposes.

Local News
General Membership Meeting – Save the Date -March 19th, 2019
We will be holding a General Membership Meeting to elect our delegates to the Regional Meeting, and OPSEU's Convention. Elected delegates represent the opinions of the local and vote on our members behalf on the Resolutions and Constitution proposed amendments or changes. Updates will also be discussed on Central Negotiations, Benefit Trust, Pay Equity and Local updates and issues. Based on the success of our previous meetings we will continue the new traditions of social time with music, more prizes throughout the meeting, as well as providing light refreshments and having a cash bar.

OMERS
I am working on scheduling two dates for OMER’s One on One sessions. Please watch for information on registration once I have confirmed dates. I will also be looking at an evening OMERS and Retirement Benefits workshop.

OPSEU Local 330 Social
We are working on planning an evening social. A bus trip to “Come From Away”.
Please watch for details. Information will be sent out soon.  

Please like and join us on OPSEU 330 Facebook and Twitter

Stay safe,
Kelly Martin
President

 

 

Local 330 Post-Secondary Bursary

Once again, Local 330 is offering a post-secondary bursary to its members and families. More information and application rules can be found on the bursary application here.

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OPSEU OMERS Tele-Townhall

Just a reminder to our members that OPSEU is hosting a tele-townhall tonight at 8 pm. IF OPSEU has your phone number, they will call and invite you to stay on the line for the townhall.

If OPSEU doesn't have your number, or you don't receive a call, you can call in to 1-877-229-8493 & enter access code 112847.

This town hall is about OPSEU's opinion on the proposed changes to OMERS pension, which we are all members of. This is important for members approaching retirement, as well as members who think there's a long time before you get it.

 

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