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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

 

 

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!

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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
President

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 opseu330@bellnet.ca 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

 

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Reminder - General Membership Meeting May 15th

Just a quick reminder of the General Membership Meeting/Social Night being held at the Ferndale Banquet Hall on Tuesday May 15th!

More details on the Flyer/Agenda, and hope to see you all there!

 

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GMM- May 15 2018

General Membership Meeting – May 15, 2018
Ferndale Banquet Hall, Ferndale Industrial Ave, Barrie
(just off Dunlop and Ferndale-turn at Simcoe Block)

General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, May 15th. Registration begins at 4:45 pm, Social Meet and Greet 5-6:00pm, with refreshments, hot apps, cash bar and live music. Meeting starts at 6 pm. Following the meeting live music will continue and cash bar will be open until 8:30-9pm.
As we have a light agenda, we have decided to make this a Membership Meet and Greet with a brief meeting to address business of the local. We are always looking for new ways to engage with our membership and to get people out and involved. We hope that you will join us on May 15th,  meet your local team and fellow members.
This is your opportunity to ask questions of the Local Executive, and for the Local to conduct business that requires the input of the members of the local. Please share this information with your colleagues! It’s important for members to come out, and to be up to date on information.

Click here for Flyer and Agenda

Hope to see you there!
Kelly Martin and 330 Executive

 

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Benefit Trust Update & General Membership Meeting- Save the Date

The OCEW – Ontario Council of Education Workers met on April 10th, to review and finalize the new plan details. OPSEU Staff Negotiator, Anastasios Zafiriadis has confirmed a few details with me that I wanted to send out while we wait for an official OCEW update. He has confirmed that the new date of June 1st , 2018, has been set as the plan rollover date by the Council and OTIP. He further explained that Website registration instructions and plan information will be sent to all “currently enrolled” benefit plan members by Mid-May. The last few details are requiring signatures to finalize and approve the plan structure and once they are received, the official update with more details will be sent out.

While we recognize that the change in benefit plans has been an enhancement through Central Bargaining that many have been patiently waiting for, the process of implementation and accurate timelines and information has been painstaking. We are happy to know that we are very close to being a part of the Benefit Trust.  

Due to the change in the Benefit Trust rollover date back in April, I had decided to wait to schedule our Spring General Membership meeting until I had some finalized information of the plan. Based on what has recently been confirmed, we will be having our Spring General Membership Meeting on May 15th , at Ferndale Banquet Hall in Barrie. The Executive and I, have decided to make the General Membership meeting, an OPSEU Local 330 Social Event, combined with a meeting.  There will be live music before and after the meeting, hors d’oeuvres and snacks,a cash bar will be open, and there will be lots of door prizes to give away!

We hope that you will come out and mingle with your 330 Team and it’s Fabulous members! Flyer and agenda to follow.  Save the Date – evening of May 15th, 2018.

It’s important to be informed and educated about your union and your right’s! This is an opportunity to bring your concerns, ask question or just listen to the information shared.

Looking forward to seeing you,
Kelly Martin
President

 

Reminder - GMM Tomorrow (Monday) Night!

Reminder - Tomorrow (Monday) Night.
General Membership Meeting - November 13th, 2017

Ferndale Banquet Hall, Ferndale Industrial Ave, Barrie (just off Dunlop and Ferndale-turn at Simcoe Block)

General Membership Meeting, Monday, November 13th. Registration begins at 4:45 pm and meeting starts at 5:30 pm.  This is your opportunity to ask questions of the Local Executive, and for the Local to conduct business that requires the input of the members of the local. Agenda includes; 2018 Budget, Health and Safety, Benefit, Bill 115, Pay Equity updates, and Guest Speakers on Concussion and Recovery and more. Please share this information with your colleagues! It’s important for members to come out, and to be up to date on information.

Click here for Flyer and Agenda
Delicious refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!
Kelly Martin and 330 Executive

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