Monthly Archives: July 2009

“Provincial Women’s Committee Women’s Conference, Registrations now being accepted, Hurry!”


OPSEU Women’s Conference: Women’s Empowerment in Difficult Economic Times

November 6th – 8th, 2009

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill

Your Union. Your Opportunity. Your Conference.

This year’s Women’s Conference promises to be particularly exciting because the Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary as the voice of women in OPSEU. The Committee is pleased to present a thought-provoking roster of conference speakers and workshops, designed to send you home with ideas for immediate action in your communities.

In addition to welcoming previous Women’s Conference participants, we would like to extend a special invitation to those who have not attended in the past. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn and have fun!

Attend the 2009 Women’s Conference and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers from across the province in celebrating 25 years of advocacy and achievement by the women of OPSEU.

Let us know if you are going to come

Link for the registration forms

Students deserve fair treatment , and they make the public aware

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Park Protests2Park Protests3 Student parks workers, members of OPSEU Local 310 and 313 respectively, leafleted cars going into Sibbald Point and Six Mile Lake Provincial Parks on Saturday, July 11. Students are protesting the decision by the Ontario government to not pay them vacation and holiday pay this summer.

About half the students earn minimum wage, $9.50 an hour. In past years, 8.16 per cent of gross pay was added to the summer students’ hourly wage to compensate them for not getting a paid vacation and for having to work statutory holidays. The government notified the union that the employer had erroneously made these payments in past years and would no longer do so because the Crown, (the government), is exempted from its own legislation, the Employment Standards Act.

“The Ontario government should be a model employer, especially for students who are the future of the province,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

“Instead, they exempted themselves from labour standards that they enforce with respect to all other employers in the province. The McGuinty government must do the right thing: change the law so they abide by the same rules as everyone else and, in the meantime, pay the students their vacation and holiday pay.”Park Protests8