Daily Archives: April 23, 2015

OPSEU Local 317 members support the Manna Food Bank in Bracebridge

Article from the Muskoka To-Daily

BRACEBRIDGE — The Manna Food Bank is a little richer thanks to Local 317 members who organized an OPSEU Spring Food Drive.

OPSEU members Michelle Craigen, Jodi Ross and Leslie Talbot dropped off the food Tuesday.

OPSEU members Michelle Craigen, Jodi Ross and Leslie Talbot dropped off the food Tuesday.

On Tuesday some of the local executive, Michelle Craigen, Jodi Ross and Leslie Talbot, dropped off the donated food, with stickers on the boxes that show union members support their community,

They do so not only by contributing to the economy, but also by helping their fellow citizens, says an OPSEU release.

They hope that the citizens in the community realize the value of unions and their unionized employees and show support for the Ontario Public Service Employee Union members currently in bargaining with the provincial Liberal government.

Bracebridge Lunchtime information picket(Muskokaregion.com)

  article shared by RVP Sara Labelle )MUSKOKA – A gathering of Ontario Public Service Employees Union members held an information picket in front the Bracebridge courthouse Thursday afternoon, over what the union calls is the government’s refusal to bargain a fair collective agreement.

“We are raising awareness of our Ontario Public Service bargaining that is happening right now,” said Andrew Parker, a Penetang corrections officer who has been seconded by OPSEU to help organize information pickets across the province. “The proposal from the Wynne government came out on Nov. 20. We have been bargaining for six months and all of the concessions they have put on the table are still on the table … there has been absolutely zero movement.” 

The bargaining between the Ontario government and OPSEU, which represents 35,000 workers, has reached an impasse, according to the union.

OPSEU’s previous contract has expired and the government has refused to back down from its concessionary demands despite a 90 percent strike vote from OPSEU members, the union has stated.

According to OPSEU, the government wants wage freezes and a new twelve step wage grid that will see new hires come in five per cent below their current starting position, and all positions on the wage grid rolled back except for those at the very top of it. 

The Liberals also want to make it easier for the government to contract out services and implement layoffs. On top of this the government is looking to strip away a variety of benefits, especially for sick and injured workers, the union claims.