Monthly Archives: February 2015

Durham Courts in the news.

Durham Court
insidehalton.comDURHAM -- Workers at Durham Region’s courthouse are among thousands of Ontario Public Service members anxiously watching contract negotiations between their union and the provincial government.

The 35,000 members of the OPS have been without a contract since their last deal with the government expired Dec. 31, 2014. What effect a strike might have on the public remains difficult to predict, with the two sides poised to begin the process of determining what constitutes essential services, said Don Ford, a communications officer with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

And that process, which would precede any strike action, promises to be time consuming, Mr. Ford said.

“Every agreement has to be individual to the work site, and there are over 1,400 work sites,” he said. “Even for our own members, we cannot give a definitive timeline as to how long it may take. It has never gone smoothly in the past, so we have no reason to think it will go smoothly this time.”

OPSEU accuses the government of taking a tough stance in its approach to the negotiations, calling for wage freezes and showing little sign of making concessions on issues like benefits. Mr. Ford said that in the event of a strike by courthouse workers — there are about 200 OPS members at the Durham courthouse on Bond Street in Oshawa — services to the public will be curtailed.

A spokesman with the Attorney General’s ministry wouldn’t comment on the potential for court cases to be derailed — or charges dismissed — in the event of a strike by courthouse staff.

“While I can’t comment on ongoing labour negotiations I can tell you that the Ministry of the Attorney General has contingency plans to address scenarios that could impact court operations,” Brendan Crawley said in an e-mailed response.

– See more at: http://m.insidehalton.com/news-story/5441143-durham-s-courthouse-workers-await-talks-between-government-ontario-public-service-union-as-strike-l/#sthash.JkvMSfUR.7h6yKtkf.dpuf

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Bus to OPS Rally at Queens Park Tuesday 17 Feb 2015

2014-11_en_ops_bargaining_round_buttonA Message from Sara Labelle Regional VP

I confirmed the buses and pick up locations today for the upcoming Tuesday Rally.  Here are the details for the two buses:

Bus 1

Pickup in Midland at 4am – Giant Tiger 9225 County Road, 93

Pickup in Orillia at 5am – Orillia Regional office 76 Coldwater Rd

Pickup in Barrie at 5:45 – Carpark at Innisfil Beach Road and the 400

Bus 2

Pickup in Peterborough at 4:30 am – Landsdowne mall back parking lot in between the Keg and Sears (look for the OPSEU flag)

Pickup in Oshawa at 5:30 am – Oshawa GO Station 915 Bloor Street, West (Northeast corner near Durham Dodge)

We will be joining the Region 5 people and buses from other Regions around 6:45 for a rally from 7am until 9am.  Bus pickups will be at 9am sharp to head home!

All are welcome:)  If we could have a volunteer to be the contact person for each bus that would be great!

In solidarity,

Sara

Region 3 Educational

Another successful Region 3 Educational weekend!

Another successful Region 3 Educational weekend!

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