OPSEU/SEFPO is proud of the way transportation enforcement officers (TEOs) keep our roads safe by inspecting commercial vehicles, pulling unsafe vehicles off the road, and enforcing the law. We know that as TEOs, you have been significantly underpaid for the work you do in comparison to similar positions in the OPS. As a result, TEOs are leaving the profession for higher-paying jobs, and the ministry hasn’t been able to replace them.
Pressure is building on this issue. OPSEU/SEFPO’s MTO MERC team has championed your special case at the MERC table. The Auditor General noted in 2019 that fewer TEOs on the job has meant a significant reduction in commercial vehicle inspections, impacting highway safety.
President Warren (Smokey) Thomas recently sent a letter to Transportation Minister Mulroney and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy, asking them to direct their managers to approve reclassification and fair compensation for your work.
Now your MPPs need to hear from you.
You can keep the momentum going by talking to your MPP and telling them why TEOs need to be paid fairly. You don’t have to be a professional lobbyist to lobby your MPP. You are the expert on what you do as a TEO – and it’s your MPP’s job to listen to what you have to say.
OPSEU/SEFPO has created a lobbying kit with the help of several TEO members to help you share your concerns with your MPPs. Download these resources and get in touch with your MPP today!
Who’s my MPP?
Not sure what riding you’re in, or who your MPP is? No problem! You can find out from the Ontario Legislature website by entering your postal code.
How to lobby your MPP
This is a one-page to-do list on how to plan a meeting with your MPP, what to say at the meeting, and what to do after the meeting.
TEO talking points for MPP visits
This worksheet has a summary of talking points, plus space for you to prepare your own notes ahead of your meeting with your MPP. It’s your cheat sheet for the meeting!
Fair pay for TEOs keeps Ontario’s roads safer – Leave-behind flyer
This is a PDF brochure that you can share with your MPP during or after the meeting. It summarizes OPSEU/SEFPO’s position on the issue in an easy-to-read format.
Local Time-Off Fund application form
Your MPP may schedule a meeting during a time when you are scheduled to work. If you need to take time off to attend the meeting, check with your local and see if they will support a local time-off fund application.