Bargaining Update and Demands Vote
Our elected bargaining team for OPSEU 217, along with our staff representative have been working diligently organizing all the demands that were received from the membership. We have been in contact with the employer as well and have set up dates to sit down at the table in the early new year to negotiate a fair contract in these uncertain times.
As a reminder our bargaining team consist of Dan Frigault, Colin Mackenzie, Mike Goforth, Anna Levay, Tom Churney and our OPSEU staff representative Sabrina Degirolamo. There is a wealth of knowledge within this team and for some lots of knowledge will be gained. I have full confidence that we will come to a fair agreement seeing us through the Covid situation. For the members that are relatively new to the union and the bargaining process all of this may seem confusion but if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to a member of the bargaining team. As our seasoned members know this process takes time and we are working towards a resolve in a timely manner. As updates become available I will share them with the membership.
So what is next you might be wondering?
The next step in the bargaining process is a demands vote. All of the demands were received by the October 12th deadline and now they have been categorized. Keeping with OPSEU's mandate the membership has a say in what comes to the table. So on December 15th 2021 there will be two sessions 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm to come and cast your vote on the demands that have been brought forward. The location of the vote will take place at the Chippawa Lions Club located at 3970 Welland Steet, Niagara Falls, On L2E 6V8.
Keeping in mind that Covid precautions are still in place, I need to state that this is NOT a meeting, please be respectful to others cast your vote and do not linger, we will answer any questions in a timely manner. All Covid safety measures will be in place.
Hope to see you there,
Tom Churney
OPSEU local 217 Acting President
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