Tentative Agreement Information Sessions – October 20th

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What: Information Sessions on the tentative agreement

When: October 20th from 5pm to 7pm and 7pm to 9pm

Where: Peachtree Inn, Kingston

There will be 2 Tentative Agreement Information Sessions in Kingston on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

The first session is from 5pm to 7pm and the second session is from 7pm to 9pm.

The Information Sessions will be held at the Peachtree Inn.

Find out more info on the tentative agreement

But Jim, what do you mean by Central and Unified?

I have gotten a few requests asking for clarification on some of the language used by OPSEU corporate.  To be more specific, people want a clarification on what Central and Unified mean.

Our Collective Agreement (CA) is made up of 3 parts: the Central Agreement, the Unified Agreement, and the Corrections Agreement.

The Central Agreement involves all OPSEU OPSers.  It focuses on all OPSers basic rights such as the right to grieve and benefits.  It doesn’t matter if you work at MCB or on the Wolfe Islander or in a provincial jail; the Central Agreement covers us all.

The Unified Agreement involves all the office staffers pay grids and work hours.  The Unified Agreement focuses on us office workers and give us our classifications and pay grids etc.  So if you are an Office Admin or an SO2 or EO1 etc, this part of the agreement is yours.

The Corrections Agreement involves all of the pay grids and work hours for correctional officers.  At last count, we did not have any correctional officers directly represented by OPSEU Local 468 but you may know provincial correctional officers.

On the day you go to vote on the tentative agreement, you will be given two (2) ballots.  The first ballot will be cast for the Central Agreement.  The second ballot will be cast for the Unified Agreement.  More details will come when our voting day and location is identified.  We do know voting will take place on October 27, 28, and 29th.

Could we go on strike if the vote is NO?

I described a Collective Agreement made up of 3 parts earlier; Central, Unified, Corrections.  Voting on these parts will be done over a period of time.  The tally of the votes will take awhile.  After some time, we will then know if the membership is in favour of the tentative agreement.  If the membership is not in favour, then strike action could take place.  But because of the 3 parts, we could have 3 different scenerios of where we could be in a position for strike action.

  1. The Central is voted down AND/OR both the Unified and Corrections are voted down together.  If office staffers and correctional officers vote down the Central OR if office staffers vote down the Unified and correctional officers vote down the Corrections, all of us could be on the picket line (this could affect you directly as an OPSEU Local 468er).
  2. The Unified is voted down but the Central is voted in favour and the Corrections is voted in favour.  If office staffers vote down the Unified but the Central and Corrections go ahead, office staffers could be on the picket line(this could affect you directly as an OPSEU Local 468er).
  3. The Corrections is voted down but the Central is voted in favour and the Unified is voted in favour.  If correctional officers vote down the Corrections and the Central and Unified go ahead, correctional officers could be on the picket line.

I want to stress these are only possibilities and not what will definitely happen.  Even after a vote not in favour, there is time for bargaining.  And I cannot predict what the vote will be especially if members don’t take the time to go out and vote.  So please, stay tuned to our website and to your local stewards when we know and share the exact date and location of voting.

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