Un documentaire du SEFPO sélectionné au Festival du film sur le travail à New York

Le documentaire du SEFPO, d'une durée de 20 minutes, qui met en lumière le plan du chef conservateur, Tim Hudak, qui veut doter l’Ontario de lois antisyndicales similaires à celles des États-Unis, attire l'attention au sud de la frontière.

« Fabriqué aux États-Unis : le plan de Tim Hudak pour réduire vos salaires », fait partie de la sélection officielle du Workers Unite Film Festival qui se tiendra le mois prochain, à New York.

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Produit par le SEFPO, le documentaire amène le spectateur à la découverte de trois États américains et lève le voile sur les lois dites du « droit au travail ». Les républicains du Tea Party, leurs partisans du monde des affaires et Tim Hudak glorifient ces lois au nom trompeur en prétendant que miner les syndicats permettra de créer de la prospérité. Les réalisateurs du documentaire découvrent que les lois dites du « droit au travail », qui ont eu pour effet de réduire les salaires de tout le monde, n'ont véritablement rien à voir avec le droit de travailler.

« Fabriqué aux États-Unis », qui a été diffusé dans de nombreux événements syndicaux partout au Canada, a déjà été vu plus de 20 000 fois sur YouTube depuis sa publication. On reconnait que ce documentaire a le mérite d'explorer une question cruciale et compliquée de manière souvent divertissante.

Le documentaire a été filmé par la vidéographe du SEFPO, Anna Jover Royo, mis en valeur par le spécialiste en arts graphiques du SEFPO, Jason Alward, et dirigé par l'ancien journaliste de Radio-Canada, Bill Gillespie.

Le Workers Unite Film Festival se déroule du 9 mai au 14 mai 2014. Plus d'une trentaine de longs et courts métrages sur le travail et à vocation sociale, produits dans des pays tels que la Grèce, l'Afrique du Sud, le Mexique, le Canada, les États-Unis et d'autres pays, font partie de la sélection officielle du festival.

Le SEFPO se joint au Congrès du travail du Canada pour demander à Harper d'exiger des comptes aux entreprises canadiennes présentes au Bangladesh

Solidarity Funds - Human Chain

Ce 24 avril 2014 marque le premier anniversaire de l'effondrement de l'immeuble Rana Plaza au Bangladesh, qui a coûté la vie à plus de 1200 personnes et blessé des milliers d'autres. Les syndicats de partout au pays exhortent le gouvernement du Canada à faire pression sur les entreprises canadiennes afin qu'elles signent « l'Accord de prévention des incendies et de sécurité des bâtiments » au Bangladesh. Ils demandent également que le Canada se serve de son autorité, de ses pouvoirs de réglementation, de ses relations commerciales et déploie des efforts diplomatiques afin d'empêcher d'autres tragédies, comme celle du Rana Plaza, à l'avenir.

Posez un geste

Le 24 avril, participez à la Journée mondiale d'action pour demander la justice pour les survivants du Rana Plaza.

RASSEMBLEMENT DE TORONTO : The Children's Place, à l'angle des rues King Ouest et York, de midi à 13 h 30.
(Pour consulter le dépliant, cliquez sur : http://workersunitedunion.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/APRIL-24-poster.pdf)

Pour en savoir plus sur l'accord sur la sécurité des usines au Bangladesh, consultez le site d’IndustriALL timeline sur la tragédie du Rana Plaza : http://www.industriall-union.org/action-on-bangladesh

Pour savoir quelles sont les marques qui font, ou ne font pas, d'efforts pour indemniser les victimes du Rana Plaza, consultez :
http://www.cleanclothes.org/news/press-releases/2014/04/10/clothing-brands-fail-rana-plaza-survivors

Memo to all Local Institutional Services Presidents RE: Potential Lock Out

To all Local Institutional Services Presidents in MCSCS;

On this day the MCSCS MERC members traveled to the Provincial Legislature and met with the new Minister of MCSCS, and his staff. The Minister was briefed by us regarding current issues and what our position as a Division is before we head into the startup of a new round of bargaining.

We conveyed our desire to work with his office. We were straight forward with him stating we found this difficult given the fact that the Ministry was preparing each worksite to accommodate managers during lock-out. We stated both parties are required by Legislation (Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act) to provide “Essential Services” for the CARE, CUSTODY, & CONTROL, of inmates during a labour dispute.

We emphasized that all members take public safety seriously and fully intend to provide services as mandated. We conveyed this display of bad faith towards upcoming bargaining has left members angry and disappointed in the employer.

Members have been providing services above and beyond normal levels for an extended period of time, despite staff shortages, growing levels of violence in our workplaces, lack of access to training, rampant overtime, and a lack of direction from the Ministry regarding a variety of policies and procedures.

The Ministers response was to repeat the recent press release. The Ministry must prepare for a strike.

Given the present working conditions in the Institutional Services; a lack of an informed response by the new Minister, and some locals having requested a response from the Division; The MCSCS MERC is therefore requesting Locals support each other in an effort to assist the upcoming round of bargaining by doing two things at this time:

  • Directing all members to step down from acting positions outside of the bargaining unit and; and return to bargaining unit positions.
  • Directing all bargaining unit trainers to only train bargaining unit members in the performance of their duties. Members are being asked not to train operational managers in such things as community escorts, use of force, etc. which would assist management in carrying out bargaining unit work, our duties during a lockout.

By continuing to do training for managers we are ignoring the employer’s plan to lock us out and continue to do business without consideration to our issues.

The Division will send a clear message to the Minister that the present course of action needs to be redirected towards the bargaining table, and not on a path of locking out members for an extended period of time.

Again we request all Locals support these efforts if not already doing so as a local.

In solidarity,
Dan Sidsworth
OPSEU / Ministry Employee Relations Committee, Chair
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Cell 905-691-7955
@Dansidsworth

Health and Safety: Avian Influenza (H7N9) virus update

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) is activating its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to the outbreak of a novel influenza known as Influenza A (H7N9) in China.

Although there have been no documented cases of the new influenza outside of China, the MOHLTC has decided that it would be prudent to activate the EOC in order to be better prepared in the event that the influenza appears in Ontario.

Currently, the World Health Organization has reported 60 cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in China; 13 of those cases have died. To date, cases have been documented in 4 Chinese provinces and 2 municipalities. This strain of influenza normally circulates among birds but has been transmitted to humans rarely after exposure to infected poultry.  It is not yet known whether any of the Chinese cases are a result of human-to-human transmission, or if they are all a result of exposures to infected birds.

The MOHLTC held a Health Sector Partners teleconference on April 15 to update the sector on the situation and on MOHLTC activities and plans. OPSEU participated in the teleconference and will take part in another teleconference scheduled for next week.

To date, the MOHLTC has released and widely distributed two key documents:

In addition to the documents circulated by the MOHLTC, it has opened its Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272.

OPSEU advises health care sector Joint Health & Safety Committees (JHSC) to meet soon to review the guidance documents from the MOHLTC. Although there are no cases outside of China at this time, it would be advisable for Committees to review the following:

  • their facility/employer emergency plans or pandemic plans to ensure that they are current and can be implemented if necessary
  • staff training records on infection prevention and control to ensure training is up-to-date
  • respirator fit-testing records for workers to ensure fit-testing has been done within the past two years
  • availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, N95 respirators, eye protection

As new information is received, OPSEU will post on the Health Care Division web page and the HCDC Health and Safety page. If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to OPSEU’s Health & Safety Unit at Head Office.

La parution du rapport sur l’éducation postsecondaire aborde le problème de la crise en Ontario

(TORONTO) – Un nouveau rapport préparé par le Syndicat des employés de la fonction publique de l’Ontario (SEFPO) sur l’avenir de l’éducation postsecondaire en Ontario aborde le problème de la crise croissante dans les collèges. À l’événement spécial organisé pour le jeudi 24 avril, on aura l’occasion de traiter les sujets importants tels que les effets à long terme du sous-financement chronique, la privatisation, la dotation en personnel, la liberté académique et l’endettement des étudiants.

ÉVÉNEMENT : La parution du rapport sur l’éducation postsecondaire en Ontario
Parmi les panélistes on compte Erika Shaker, Centre canadien des politiques alternatives; Kevin MacKay, professeur et auteur du rapport, Collège Mohawk; Graeme Stewart, Union des associations des professeurs des universités de l’Ontario; Alastair Woods, Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants – Ontario. Modératrice : JP Hornick, présidente de la Division du SEFPO du personnel scolaire des collèges et professeure au Collège George Brown.

DATE : Le jeudi 24 avril, de 18 h à 19 h : réception avec repas léger;
de 19 h à 20 h 30 : présentation des panélistes et discussion à l’aide de la modératrice

LIEU : Le Centre Sheraton, Toronto, 123, rue Queen ouest, Sal de bal Civic

REMARQUE : Cet événement est gratuit

« Les collèges forment les travailleurs qui stimulent l'économie. Les étudiants de l'Ontario méritent de recevoir une éducation de qualité et d'être traités avec respect. Cela comprend un financement adéquat de l'éducation postsecondaire public, des classes de petite taille et des frais de scolarité raisonnables. Nous parlons d'un investissement qui fait du bien à la province dans son ensemble, » a déclaré Warren (Smokey) Thomas, président du SEFPO. « Il est temps de faire de l'éducation postsecondaire une priorité absolue. »
Le nouveau rapport, dont la recherche et la rédaction ont été assurées par Kevin MacKay, professeur en sciences sociales au Collège Mohawk, est en partie une réponse aux mandats récents du ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités.

« Les 24 collèges de l'Ontario attirent de plus en plus d'étudiants, mais leur importance ne se reflète pas dans le financement fourni. Dans les années 1980, le gouvernement provincial a fourni 75 % de tous les revenus d'exploitation des collèges. Maintenant, il ne finance que 50 %, » a déclaré l'auteur du rapport, Kevin MacKay.

Parmi les invités qui assistent à la parution du rapport, on compte les représentants des syndicats du secteur public ainsi que le personnel scolaire des collèges, les étudiants et les parents.
Les collèges de l’Ontario offrent une éducation à plus de 50 % de l’ensemble des diplômés postsecondaires de la province.

Renseignements :

Kevin Mackay, professeur et auteur du rapport : 905-418-4843 kmackay@opseu.org

Emily Visser, Communications du SEFPO : 416-557-7936 evisser@opseu.org

OPSEU Pension Forum: The Changing World of Pensions

Come to an important forum on pensions, and learn how changes could affect you. All OPSEU members are welcome.

OPSEU Pension Forum

The Changing World of Pensions
May 7, 2014, 5- 7pm
Room 203, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Learn about how these changes could affect you:

  • CAAT Pension Plan Growth
  • New Government of Ontario proposal for an Ontario Pension Plan
  • OPSEU OPT Pension Expansion
  • Proposed Changes to Retiree Benefits for the OPT

All OPSEU members are welcome.

Speakers

Marilou Martin, CAAT Pension Sponsor Employee Co-Chair
Jim Keohane, CEO and President of HOOPP
Ron Elliot, Pension Liaison Committee and Region 1 Regional Vice-President
Dave Lundy Pension Liaison Committee and Region 4 Executive Board Member

OPSEU Policy on Health and Safety Committees

  1. Each local union must form a standing union health and safety committee (committees) that is responsible and accountable to the local executive (LEC).
  2. Each committee shall be composed of an appropriate number of members who are appointed by the LEC as health and safety committee persons.
  3. All health and safety committee persons shall serve on the committee for a term of office determined by the LEC, and shall serve at the pleasure of the LEC.
  4. All health and safety committee persons must have completed at least one (1) weekend health and safety school, and by the end of their first term in office must have completed a 30-hour health and safety program.
  5. Health and safety committee persons shall focus on health and safety matters including participation as union representatives on joint (union-management) health and safety committees.
  6. The union health and safety committee shall be responsible for the following:
    1. investigating members’ complaints and assisting in obtaining a remedy.
    2. Inspecting the workplace as per the provision of the legislation or collective agreement.
    3. Conducting or arranging health and safety training for local members.
    4. Regularly informing members about health and safety hazards and their rights under the legislation and their collective agreement.
    5. Representing members during Ministry of Labour inspection tours, work refusals and health and safety hearings.
    6. Calling in the Ministry of Labour inspectorate when concerns are raised by individual members.
  7. Union representation of joint (union-management) health and safety committees shall consist of at least one (1) member of the LEC, and an appropriate number of health and safety committee persons appointed by the LEC from the union health and safety committee.
  8. Union representatives on joint committees shall be solely accountable to the LEC and the membership at all regularly scheduled meetings.
  9. The union health and safety committee shall meet as required and report to the LEC and the membership at all regularly scheduled meetings.
  10. Each health and safety committee person shall be provided with a wallet-size certificate and lapel pin with a health and safety designation recognizing their status within the local union.

Office Ergonomics Handbook

Limited numbers of the Office Ergonomics Handbook, written by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) are available for OPSEU members at their regional offices. You can also download a pdf of the handbook below.

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker.

Ergonomics aims to design work stations, work processes, equipment, and tools to fit workers of different sizes, shapes and limits. Designing work stations to suit workers decreases the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

The main ergonomic risk factors in the office are:

  • Repetition — tasks or body movements carried out over and over again.
  • Awkward postures — body positions that contort your bones and muscles, such as twisting your neck to view your monitor.
  • Static forces — maintaining a position for a long period of time, such as viewing the monitor with a bent neck.

The Office Ergonomics Handbook will help you create an ergonomically appropriate work station and make other improvements in your work environment.

Workers rights and ergonomics

The Occupational Health and Safety Act does not directly address ergonomic issues. It does give you three basic rights:

  • the right to know about workplace health and safety hazards.
  • the right to participate in making recommendations about health and safety.
  • the right to refuse work if you have reason to believe it endangers your health and safety.

For health care workers, Health Care Regulation 67/93 Sec 22-27 provides directions on lighting, and Sec 24 provides specifics on computer use: If a worker is required to use a video display terminal (VDT) for a continuous period of one hour or more, the worker shall have at least five minutes of time free from such work in every hour. Other workers may use the regulation as a guideline.

Use your rights

You can use your three rights under the Act to improve the ergonomics of your workplaces.

  • Use the handbook as a guide
  • Adjust chairs and other equipment as best you can to create an ergonomically appropriate work station
  • Report complaints about ergonomics to your supervisors

Joint Health and Safety Committees, or Health and Safety representatives should make recommendations to the employer on improving workplace ergonomics.

Your Collective Agreement may address ergonomics. Collective agreements often contain language allowing a VDT user a short break after steady computer use, or employer-paid eye exams. Gaining such provisions in your Collective Agreement should be part of your ongoing bargaining strategy.

Download the handbook

OPSEU receives overwhelming response from Court Reporters

We have received an overwhelming response to our request for information about your transcript work. Your willingness to share this very personal information will definitely make the difference when we go back to the Grievance Settlement Board. While there are still some who continue to cloud the issue as a means to protect their lucrative businesses, it is a relief to see that the majority of court reporters are truly concerned about the integrity of their bargaining unit and the integrity of the record.

OPSEU has received so many responses that we had to return to the Arbitrator to ask for an extension to her deadline. We were granted the extension and the arbitration date of May 7th has been adjourned. While we continue to gather information we encourage anyone who has not responded to connect with us.

All information must be received by this Sunday, May 1, 2010.

You can reach us at courtreporters@opseu.org  or by leaving a message at 1 (866)433-4633. You can fax completed information to either (416) 448-7429 or (416) 443-8618.