Happy Pride

Please join the Workers of Colour Caucus and your Region 5 Board members in celebration of Toronto PRIDE and in support of diverse LGBTTIQQ2S communities. Everyone is to a free brunch at OPSEU’s Toronto Membership Center on Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 10 a.m.

During PRIDE, we will walk in solidarity with members of our union, workplaces and communities to ensure we actively support and defend LGBTTIQQ2S members in the struggle for all our collective rights. WOCC and Region 5 Board members are proud to celebrate, defend and represent our LGBTTIQQ2S members.


2013 Provincial Women”s Committee Conference



The OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee invites applications for the 2013 Women’s Conference – A Woman’s Journey: The Art of the Possible to be held at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel. In addition to welcoming previous conference participants, we would like to extend a special invitation to those who have not attended in the past. We look forward to meeting all of you.

This year’s conference promises to be particularly exciting. We are pleased to present a thought-provoking roster of speakers, panel discussions, artists and films in relation to the conference theme. Our goal is for you to go home with ideas for immediate action in your communities. We are looking for a rich mix of diverse backgrounds and points of view among conference participants.

The goal of the conference is to educate and raise awareness on the following areas:

  1. First Nations women

  2. Poverty and violence against women

  3. Politics and women

  4. Social change and women

Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun. Please join us as we enjoy the camaraderie of our peers from across the province. With your participation, passion and insight we can make this one of the best Women’s Conferences yet!

Please submit a completed application form to the Equity Unit by e-mail or fax, no later than midnight on Monday August 19, 2013.

Please download the conference application form.

Workers’ Rights Campaign Workshop

Your OPSEU Region 5 EBMs and the Greater Toronto Area Council (GTAC) are inviting YOU to join us for a workshop on the Region 5 Workers’ Rights campaign.

OPSEU R5 Workers’ Rights Campaign Workshop
Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
31 Wellesley St. East.
Pizza and drinks are on us!

Stopping Hudak’s attack on good jobs and our unions

Tim Hudak has declared open season on workers’ rights, good jobs and public services in Ontario. A key part of his agenda is to introduce U.S.- style anti union legislation that would let union members opt out of paying their dues while still benefiting from our collective agreements. It would also allow bosses to stop collecting dues as an automatic payroll deduction. The goal? To weaken our unions by starving them of the resources we need to fight for good jobs, bargain fair wages and working conditions, win grievances, ensure safe workplaces and organize to defend quality public services.

That’s why your EBMs, GTAC and Labour Council are working to launch the “Workers’ Rights” campaign in our locals.

Making a Difference in YOUR local

If you want to help reach out to YOUR members, start a conversation about the real value of a strong union and why we all have a big stake in stopping Hudak’s plan, this is the meeting for you.

What’s on the agenda?

A brief overview of Hudak’s plan to roll back workers’ rights and what it will mean for our members and our communities

Small group discussions about our message to our members and practical steps for building our campaign in our own locals

Next steps in the campaign and mobilizing for Labour Day

Who should come?

Are you an OPSEU local president, LEC member, steward or activist? Do you want to help educate and mobilize members to defend good jobs, public services and our rights as unionized workers? Then we hope to see you there!

Planning to come? Great!

Please RSVP to opseuregion5@gmail.com or opseu.gtac.action.list@gmail.com.

For more information & campaign materials visit our Workers’ Rights Campaign Page

Forum on massive cuts to EI

Did you know that as of today, only 20% of the unemployed in greater Toronto are getting EI benefits? And the Harper government just has brought in further cuts to the EI program.  So-called frequent claimants can be forced to take jobs paying up to 30% less than their past work, or face being cut off benefits.  

If you have any members who access EI between jobs, this is a crucial issue for your union!  Here is Star columnist Carol Goar’s take on the impact – http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/04/10/ei_cuts_are_another_blow_to_the_jobless_goar.html

Labour Council is co-sponsoring a Forum on the EI Changes on Thursday, June 20th, 7pm at Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street near Church. We are bringing in keynote speakers from Quebec and New Brunswick, as well as senior economist Armine Yalnizyan to outline this attack on EI benefits; and the mobilization against the Harper government.  Please send staff and rank-and-file leaders to attend this important free event.

For more information download the flyer here.

June Region 5 Provincial Women’s Committee Meeting and Clothes Swap

Date:  Monday, June 10th, 2013

Time:  6:00 PM

Location:  Membership Centre, 31 Wellesley Street East

Got a closet full of great stuff looking for a second life? 

[i.e. clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery] 

Need an ethical & economic way to pick up some new pieces? 

Then please bring a clothing contribution to the OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee Meeting & Clothing Swap and join us for a discussion on the Bangladesh garment industry & the realities faced by it’s female work force.  

To confirm e-mail: opseupwcr5@gmail.com. Please RSVP by June 7, 2013 so that the appropriate dinner arrangements can be made. 

All sisters are welcome so spread the word. 


You’re Invited!

Region 5 Stewards Appreciation Banquet & Awards Night Saturday, June 15

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Attn: All Region 5 Local Executive Members

Your OPSEU R5 Executive Board Members are pleased to announce the Stewards Appreciation Banquet and Awards Night on Saturday, June 15, at the Courtyard Mariott Hotel.

The banquet is our opportunity to come together and celebrate the dedication and achievements of the hundreds of stewards and activists who have made a difference in the lives of our members, our locals and in OPSEU as a whole over the past year. We will also be presenting the annual Region 5 awards to a few individuals and locals for their extraordinary work over the past year. See below for details on the awards and how to submit your nominations.

     Stewards Appreciation Banquet
     Saturday, June 15
     Courtyard Mariott Hotel, 475 Yonge St.
     Cash bar – 6 p.m.
     Dinner – 7 p.m.
     Tickets – just $30

Tickets for the banquet are just $30, cash only.  With less than 80 tickets left, be sure to buy tickets for your local SOON!

Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis from Ronnie Banerjee at the OPSEU Toronto Regional Office, 31 Wellesley St. East, ronniebanerjee@opseu.org, 416-443-8888. (Note: Banquet tickets are included in the registration for members who are attending the June 15-16 regional educational. If you want to bring a guest, don’t forget to buy an extra ticket. See above for details.)

2013 Region 5 Awards

The June 15 banquet will also feature our annual Region 5 Awards Presentation. Awards include:
·       Activist of the Year
·       Young Activist of the Year
·       Local of the Year
·       Human Rights Award (individual or local)
·       Health & Safety Award (individual or local)

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS NOW! The Region 5 awards are your chance to recognize the stewards, activists and locals that you think have made a difference to our members, our union and our communities. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, June 9.

To submit your nominations online: http://opseuactivistawards.weebly.com.

Got Questions?
Contact one of your Region Executive Board Members:
Myles Magner, RVP: mylesmagner@gmail.com
Ibrahim Bozai, EBM: stewardlocal526@yahoo.ca
Edie Strachan, EBM: framboisegirl@gmail.com


GTAC General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00PM
Wellesley Membership Centre

Concerned about poverty in Ontario?  Worried about downloading of ODSP onto municipalities?  Join activists and unions from across the province in a fight to Raise The Rates.  Liisa Schofield, Organizer, from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty will share what we can do to help.

GTAC By-Election Call

Looking to get more involved in GTAC?  Join the GTAC executive!  Elections for the positions of Vice President, Communications Chair, Membership Chair, Political Action Chair and Member-at-Large are open.  By-elections will take place at the May 22nd meeting.

LBED (Liquor Board Employees Division) Bargaining Report: give congratulations to our LBED brothers and sisters and hear about their tentative agreement.

30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day!

June 1st 2013 Flyer - TorontoSince 1983, injured workers and their allies have come together on June 1st to celebrate their achievements, and to invigorate the struggle for justice for injured workers. This year, we ask you to join us at Queen’s Park on Saturday June 1st to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day, as we unite in our efforts to bring about a just compensation system that truly protects the rights of injured workers.

The past year has seen the implementation of some of the most draconian changes to the workers’ compensation system since it was first established in 1915. As part of the broad trend of austerity and cutbacks to social programs, injured workers are facing significant cuts and denials to their benefits, and a rigid and inaccessible appeals system that undermines administrative justice.  Thus, instead of receiving financial security and support, injured workers are doomed to poverty.

But in spite of these injustices, injured workers remain firm in their commitment to ensuring fair treatment for all current and future injured workers.  The struggle for a fair compensation system is a struggle that involves all workers in Ontario, and we will not allow the system to be dismantled before our eyes.

Join us on June 1st as we celebrate the history and accomplishments of the injured workers’ movement, and send a clear message that we demand justice for injured workers and for all workers. 


LCBO Strike Alert

UPDATED 10:17 PM – the Liquor Board Employees Division have come to a tentative settlement with the LCBO – additional details will be found at www.opseu.org when they are available.

Strike Alert at LCBO

More than 7,000 OPSEU members at the LCBO are on alert for a possible strikeas early as Friday, May 17, IF ongoing contract talks fail to produce a tentative agreement and the OPSEU bargaining team calls for strike action.

Members of the Liquor Board Employees Division (LBED) are fighting for good jobs and fairness for the 70% of members who are stuck in low-paid, casual jobs. For some, it takes 10 years or more before they get a shot at a permanent positon. But LCBO management’s initial response was to propose a lower wage grid for new casual employees and a weaker process for converting casuals to full-time jobs. They also demanded a 4-year wage freeze and cuts to benefits for ALL unionized employees.

This fight is OUR fight. Our communities need good jobs with fair pay and benefits. And an organization that generates more than $1.6 billion a year in profits can afford to treat our members fairly.

Want to Help? Here’s How….

1) Plug Yourself In
For Information and Updates on Bargaining, eep checking the OPSEU website at www.opseu.org.

2) IF the LBED Team Calls for Strike Action – Join the Picket Line Nearest You

Strike action will only take place if contract talks fail and the LBED team calls for a strike. IF this happens, please join one of the following picket lines – and encourage as many of your members and co-workers to come along.

LCBO Head Office & Warehouse (Local 5109) – 24-hour picket lines
Head Office         55 Lakeshore Blvd East (between Yonge & Jarvis)
Store 217            2 Cooper St. at Queens Quay (between Yonge & Jarvis)

Retail Locations – Picket lines up from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Downtown Toronto (5110)
Store 10              Yonge & Summerhill (10 Scrivener Square,)
Store 15              232 Dupont St.
Store 568            Atrium on Bay (Yonge & Dundas)
Store 528            Manulife Centre (55 Bloor St. West)
Store 217            2 Cooper St. at Queens Quay (between Yonge & Jarvis)

West Toronto/Mississauga (Local 5107)
Store 19              Toronto – 2151 St Clair Av W, Toronto
Store 295            Toronto – 3520 Dundas St W, Toronto
Store 534            Toronto – 2290 Dundas st. W
Store 1                North York – 2625D Weston Road, North York
Store 329            Brampton – 545 Steeles Ave. E.,
Store 398            Etobicoke – 666 Burnhamthorpe Rd,
Store 416            Bramalea, 80 Peel Center Drive
Distribution Centre      2460 Stanfield Rd. Mississauga

North Toronto (Local 5108)
Store 580            3991 Highway 7, Markham
Store 590            3075 Highway 7, Markham,
Store 360            675 Wilson Ave, North York
Store 452            1838-1844 Avenue Road, North York
Store 164            147 Laird Dr. Unit 7 B

East Toronto (Local 5111)
Store 163            3111 Danforth Ave, Scarborough
Store 195            Eglinton Square – 130 Market Crt, Scarborough
Store 198            4543 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
Store 5                1654 Queen St. E, Toronto
Store 242             510 Brimely Road, Scarborough

3) Join the OPSEU GTAC Flying Squad

If the LCBO tries to open different stores, picket lines may be set up at alternative locations. If you can be mobile and want to get rapid response alerts from the OPSEU Greater Toronto Area Council’s Solidarity Flying Squad, send your name, cell phone # and e-mail address to: gtacflyingsquad@gmail.com.

In solidarity,

Your OPSEU Region 5 Executive Board Members:
Myles Magner:      mylesmagner@gmail.com
Ibrahim Bozai:       stewardlocal526@yahoo.ca
Edie Strachan:      framboisegirl@gmail.com

Please join the Toronto Young New Democrats Info Picket

The Toronto Young New Democrats are organizing an info picket outside of Maple Leaf Gardens in support of Bargaining LCBO Workers and for Good Jobs and an end to precarious work! Precarious “casual” work has a huge impact on youth and paints a bleak picture of the future for workers! Come out and help spread the word that Retail Needs Good Jobs!

When: May 11th, 10am-3pm
Where: Maple Leaf Gardens