Demands Meeting Update
Please be advised in an effort to accommodate the membership we have decided to host a duel meeting, an in person meeting along with a Zoom meeting option for those that cannot attend in person.
We are requiring that anyone choosing the Zoom meeting option pre-register. By pre-registering this will allow us to verify all members in advance to be let into the meeting. I kindly ask that members pre-register to my email address include your first and last name along with your phone number. We are asking for your phone number only in the event that we cannot verify someone as a park employee, we would then call to verify.
If you could please send me an email to to confirm you wish to attend the zoom meeting no later than 12pm on Monday December 13th, 2021. Those members that have pre-registered and are verified will receive a meeting ID number prior to the meeting. Thank you and we really appreciated your cooperation.
Demands Update
Changes have been made to the December 15th, 2021 demands vote. After further discussion with our staff representative, we feel that discussion is required for the demands that were brought forward by the membership. As in the past we would normally hold a demand set meeting, demands would be brought forward and then a discussion on the floor would take place, finally approving the demands. With that being said we have received approval to host a demands meeting.
I would like to inform the membership that the planned two sessions for the demands vote on December 15th has been CANCELED. Instead we will now be hosting an in person meeting on December 14th at 6pm. The location of the meeting will take place at the Chippawa Lions Club located at 3970 Welland Steet, Niagara Falls, On L2E 6V8.
Our bargaining team has received the demands and they have been categorized. At the demands meeting we will be presenting the top demands for discussion and approval. I apologize for an inconvenience this may have caused you, but we feel the memberships voice matters and keeping with OPSEU's constitution this must take place.
Keeping in mind that Covid precautions are still in place, all Covid safety measures will be followed. This means you must be able to provide your proof of vaccination at the door before entering, masks must be worn and social distancing will be in place.
I kindly ask that you please preregister with me if you plan on attending. Please RSVP to me at
Thank you,
Tom Churney
OPSEU local 217 Acting President
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Joint health and safety committee #6 Parks Operations and Golf is in need of worker members. If you are interested in joining the committee and work in parks operations or golf, please reach out to your supervisor.
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Chief Steward:Michael Goforth
Department:Building Systems Technician
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Acting President:Tom Churney
Department:Truck Driver Labourer
Cell:905 321 5677
Secretary:Rick Gelineau
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Cell:905 246 0041
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