GMM Reminder - Tuesday October 23rd 2018

This a reminder that there is a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday October 23rd.

Doors open for registration and social hour at 4:45 at Ferndale Banquet Hall. Meeting will be called to order at 5:45.

Draw Prizes, Live Music, Cash Bar, Refreshments and Light Snacks will be available as we elect our stewards and executive for the 2019-2020 term.
A revised brochure with the names and short biography of declared candidates is available here.  

Please remind your co-workers to attend!
A union local is like a gym membership. You only build strength by going!

See you Tuesday!






Election Candidate Brochure

Click here to view the Election Brochure for our upcoming General Membership meeting, Oct 23rd (see flyer) where we will be Electing your 2019-2020 Local Executive.

Members who wish to run from the floor for a Steward position may be nominated at the meeting. You need to be elected as a Steward in order to be nominated for an Executive Officer position.

Please assist us in sharing the meeting agenda and candidate brochure with your co-workers and encourage membership attendance.
In solidarity,
Kelly Martin


Less than a Week to go!

 Reminder of our General Membership Meeting, October 23rd, at Ferndale Banquet Hall, Barrie.

Come out and enjoy snacks, refreshments and live music before and after the meeting! Draws for prizes will be done throughout the meeting.

Please see the linked flyer for the agenda for the evening. The meeting will include, Elections for your 2019-2020 Stewards and Local Executive.
The Election Brochure will be emailed out tomorrow of those who have declared themselves as candidates for positions on the Executive.
Members wishing to run for a Steward position and who are not captured in the brochure are will be able to be nominated and run at the meeting.
Please share with your fellow colleagues and OPSEU members by posting on the OPSEU Board at your Worksite!
We have recently changed the way we provide email service, which as hopefully cleared up issue of members not receiving your local email update and communications. If you hear of colleagues not receiving emails please encourage them to reach out to us so we can look into the issue.

Thank you for your continued support for your local executive! Hope to see you all there!

Registration and Social Hour starts at 4:45,

Kelly Martin

Save the Date - General Membership Meeting - October 23rd 2018

SAVE THE DATE – October 23, 2018
General Membership Meeting at Ferndale Banquet Hall, Barrie

The meeting will include, Elections for your 2019-2020, Stewards and Local Executive. Members wishing to run for a Steward position can submit a biography to Kelly Martin at for our Election brochure by Wednesday October 1oth, by 4:00pm.  If you are not captured in the brochure, you are able to be nominated and run for a steward position at the meeting.

The Election Brochure and meeting Agenda will be sent out to our email lists by October 17th, 2018  of those who have declared themselves as candidates for positions on the Executive.

We received a lot of positive feedback from members about the last General Membership meeting, therefore, we have to decided that we will have live music, appetizers, refreshments, prizes and a cash bar throughout the meeting.  

Thank you for your continued support! Hope to see you all there!

Kelly Martin



Welcome Back 2018-2019

Welcome Back Everyone! In these pictures are Kelly's welcome back message. If you click on them, it will take you to a PDF copy of the letter. Hope everyone has a great year!
-- Jason.

Labour Day Picnics!

Hi Everyone!

As much as we don’t want to think about it, this weekend is the last long weekend of the summer! The Labour weekend was created to celebrate the labour movement, and various Labour related organizations have events to commemorate the occasion.
The Barrie and District Labour Council is holding an event at Sunnidale Park in  Barrie and the North Simcoe-Muskoka District Labour Council is hosting an event at Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia on Monday. Details for both events are included.
If you don’t already have plans, come out and enjoy the picnics!

OCEW Update - Benefit Trust, May 2018

Please see the latest press release from OCEW regarding the Benefit Trust. <Press Release>


Benefit Trust Update

Benefit Trust Update – for all those “currently” enrolled in benefits

I received the following update from our OPSEU Negotiator. At this time a release will not be sent out from OCEW, and therefore was told that I can share the email.

“I want to let you know that there are some legal issues that are delaying the OCEW enrollment process. As a result, eligible members have not yet received the welcome kit/package from the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP), and in some cases, some Locals may have had your school boards tell you that the June 1st rollout date is not confirmed.

June 1st still remains the target date for the benefit transition and OCEW is working on resolving these issues as soon as possible. Once these issues are resolved members will be provided with instructions on the enrollment process.

I will continue to update all of you with any new information.”

As I receive information from the Employer or OPSEU Staff, an update will be provided. If you have any questions, or if concerns come up regarding your current benefits please email me at  

Kelly Martin


One Pay Benefit Holiday!

If you currently have benefits with Great West Life, you may have noticed that tomorrow’s pay was a little more then normal, and that is because there were no benefit deductions on this pay. This has nothing to do with the rollover to the new upcoming Provincial Benefit Trust, this was a “benefit holiday” from your local.

Prior to the Local being the Policy Holder to the current benefit plan with Great West Life, our benefits were part of a different benefit trust and as a result of that trust dissolving, there were monies left over, that were eventually given back to the locals to be disbursed amongst the members that were currently paying for benefits. The first reimbursement happened in 2014. A second payment was received from the trust in name of the local to again use towards benefits, so with that, I approached some of the Local Executive with the idea to provide a benefit holiday. It was decided to make it effective on the last pay in May, as the new Benefit Trust is expected to rollover June 1st, 2018. I was hoping for the month of May but unfortunately, with the cost of benefits, the funds we had were only enough to cover one pay of benefit deductions.

10 Month Employees
You may have also noticed, a reduction in deductions, resulting in a slightly higher pay, since March 23, 2018. 10 month employees pay a portion of benefits for July and August throughout the year, from Sept until June. Prior to March 23, 2018, you would have been deducted 14% more of the bi-weekly amount to cover the cost of benefits over the summer. The monies that have been deducted from August or September 2017 until the March 23, 2018 pay will eventually be refunded through the employer once the new Benefit plan is in place. Once I have the date that employees will receive the reimbursement I will send out a quick notice.

I have asked for a Benefit Trust update, as it is past May 16th, and we have not received the packages or member portal information for the new Benefit Plan. I have asked for OCEW to send out an update. Once I have received the update, I will send out a local update as well.  

If you have any questions please email or call the office at

Hopefully this helps everyone enjoy a safe and relaxing May Long Weekend!
Kelly Martin




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