Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pride Events across Region 3

The right to dignity, justice, equality and a life free from all forms of discrimination is a founding principal for our labour movement – in society, in the workplace and in our own unions.  The Provincial Women’s Committee urges you to show support and solidarity by building and participating in your community Pride events. Here are 3 websites for Pride events in OPSEU Region 3 plus the address for Toronto Pride.  (events September 18-25, 2011)  (June)  (June)   (June/July)

The Simcoe Muskoka and Collingwood District Labour Council and Barrie District Labour Counci*2011 Health and Safety Awards*


The Simcoe Muskoka and Collingwood District Labour Council and Barrie District Labour Council held a joint H&S awards dinner on Wednesday May 25th to recognize selected members who have shown exemplary work in the world of health and safety, and have been nominated by their local.

The event was hosted at the Georgian College Hospitality Room.

The event was well attended by local members from both District Labour Councils who were treated to an excellent meal served up by the students of the Georgian College Food Services and Hospitality Program.

OFL President, Sid Ryan was the keynote speaker and he thanked the activists in the room for their continued commitment to H&S matters in the workplace. Tom Parkin, Training Services Director, from the Workers Health and Safety Centre for also encouraged the crowd to continue their vigilance to maintain healthy and safe workplaces.

Carroll McMillin, an MCYS Probation Officer from OPSEU Local 314 was the H&S Award winner from the Simcoe Muskoka District Labour Council. While Mark Butt from the Simcoe County Elementary Teachers Federation  was the Barrie District Labour Council H&S Award winner.  

Women’s Conference** November 4-6, 2011

May 26, 2011

The OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee is pleased to invite you to the 2011 Women’s Conference – Taking Root: The Human Rights of Food and Water.  We are pleased to be bringing you a conference on a very timely topic – food security and our human rights. We will present a thought-provoking roster of speakers, events and an in-depth workshop on the topic. Our goal is for you to go home with ideas for immediate action in your communities. We hope for a rich mix of diverse backgrounds and points of view among conference participants.

The tentative goals of our conference are as follows:

  1. Identify how food and water have become human rights issues, locally and globally
  2. Identify ways to show solidarity with food workers here and elsewhere
  3. Practice everyday decisions that strengthen food and water security for everyone
  4. Share inspiring ideas to apply back in our regions, in our roles as caretakers, workers, community and union activists.
  5. Strengthen members’ ability to critically read food ads and labels

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 to the Equity Unit at Head Office by the deadline of July 14, 2011 by midnight. Please note that we will be using an anonymous selection process and will be applying the criteria for selection as set out on pages 4 and 5 of this application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference!  REgistration package can be found on the OPSEU website or by clicking the link below:

Dora Robinson

Chair, Provincial Women’s Committee

Attention: Health and Safety Activists

The Barrie and District Labour Council is participating in a joint Health and Safety Awards dinner in conjunction with the North Simcoe Muskoka and Collingwood Labour Councils. The event will be held on May 25th at the Georgian College dining room in Barrie.
At that time awards will be presented to selected members who have shown exemplary work in the world of health and safety, and have been nominated by their local.
Please submit any names of members in your locals who should be considered for these awards.  Please also send in a brief description of their work in the health and safety field.

As well as Health & Safety awards, the labour council will be presenting one award per council under the guidelines of the ODRT.
Please see criteria for this award in the letter pasted below…

I am writing on behalf of the OFL Occupational Disability Response Team to advise that we have a supply of recognition plaques available for presentation to distinguished compensation or disability rights advocates.  Last year, fifteen of these plaques were presented at volunteer recognition events organized by Labour Councils and the Workers Health and Safety Centre.  These plaques are in addition to those presented to health and safety activists.  This means more labour volunteers can be recognized for their efforts in the community. The ODRT has one plaque available for each participating Labour Council.

I have attached a sample of this plaque. The wording states: “In Acknowledgement of your fight for justice and dignity for Injured Workers.” The name of the recipient would be inscribed on a bottom plate.  When a Labour Council selection committee reviews nominees we ask that they consider the following criteria:

*        The person’s position/title/role at work and/or in the community

*        Time frame (number of years or time on specific contribution or issue)

*        Any risks as a result of contribution or action(s) taken

*        How this person has shown perseverance to the issue

*        How this person has educated or increased awareness to others

*        Any specific Workers Compensation or disability rights contribution

*        Outcome of contribution to an individual and/or community or workplace

I look forward to receiving submissions from your local.
Please have the submissions sent to me by May 2, 2011.

Thank you.

Patty Coates
President Barrie and District Labour Council

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