Friday, January 29, 2010

JASIC targets met!

Your MERC Teams have learned that the attendance targets set out under the Joint Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC) have been met. Our congratulations to all Youth Services Officers and Correctional Officers in the Corrections Division.

As a result, outstanding overtime payments for all members should be processed imminently. As well, the employer will shortly provide the agreed additional lump sum payment of 2 per cent of your straight-time hourly rate as of December 31, 2009 for all hours worked in the period from the date of ratification to December 31, 2009.

To achieve the 2010 absenteeism target incentives, the attendance average for Youth Services Officers and Correctional Officers must be 176 hours or less as indicated in Article COR15.1 and COR 18.1.

Your MERC Teams thanks you for your continued support.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

OPSEU Help for Haiti

Dear 135 Members...below you will find the most recent post from the MERC site. As you will read some OPSEU members are in need of assistance as they have travelled to Haiti to help. We will be discussing our options as far as what we can do to help our brothers and sisters out, who in turn are doing what they can in Haiti. We anticipate some 50/50 and perhaps a BBQ in an effort to assist. Updates to be posted soon. Thank you. 135 LEC

Dear OPSEU Members,

Ten (10) OPSEU members who are Medics have headed to Haiti to give a helping hand, doing not only Canadians proud, but our proud union of OPSEU.

Brother Seamus O’Connor and president of one of our OPSEU locals has stated that he would be keeping us informed of what was going on in Haiti with our members and we look forward to regular updates from him we hope to have it posted on our region #2 web site and maybe even the main OPSEU web site.

Here is Brother Seamus’ request;

I am Seamus O’Connor President Local 207 Halton Paramedic. I am e-mailing asking if OPSEU and/or OPSEU Locals can donate to assist some of our members who have left for Haiti.

OPSEU in the past has donated $5000 dollars to help ship an Ambulance to Haiti were one of our Medics, with his family have gone to live and help for the next year, prior to the devastation. As many of you are aware the area has just been devastated by an earthquake. Brother Grant (the brother who went with the ambulance) and his family are fine but the clinic they are staying at is being overwhelmed by the sick and injured.

We are hoping that through OPSEU, the Regions, the Locals and our own Local 207, to organize some financial assistance for a number of our medics that have left to go to the clinic in Haiti to help. There has been a personal cost in airfare and the use of their own time. If there is a way that OPSEU members can assist to help offset some of the costs to the Medics it would be greatly appreciated. Any funds that are donated will go towards these requirements, if there is anything left over, and the local will donate to a relief fund to assist the people of Haiti in the name of OPSEU.

Thank you and In Solidarity, Seamus

Please make cheques payable to;

Local 207


55 Frid St.
Suite #1
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4M3

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

General Membership Meeting

Monday, February 8th. 1930hrs, Union Hall. Presentation of budget and new By-Laws. Pizza and refreshmments provided.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Collective Agreement

Hard Copies of the new Collective Agreement has arrived and will be distributed in the next few days.

Local 135 would like to encourage your participation in a fundraiser for the people of Haiti. See Angelo or Rob for info. Thanks.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Workers Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act


MERC Update

January 6th, 2010

Greetings Division,

We hope you all had a good holiday season, as we all recognize that 2009 was a challenging year.

We want to provide a few updates:

As we have discussed at our 2009 all-president’s meetings, we are striving to enhance the professional image of our Correctional Services members with the public. These efforts are important in raising our profile as peace officers and correctional workers at large in this province. It will lead to better public support when we face everyday challenges and when we negotiate our contract.

We hope that the locals will look within their communities for programs and/or individuals that need our help. Some locals already donate time and money to charities and sporting organizations.


Although we have stated this clearly in previous communications, it is important to reiterate that OPSEU never agreed to the Attendance Support and Management Pilot Program. It was fully imposed by the employer. The Union has filed a policy grievance about ASMPP and that complaint is following typical processes.

There appears to be some confusion between ASMPP and The Joint Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC). JASIC is the committee that monitors the sick time numbers as indicated in the C.A. . See the December 23, 2009, Lock Talk for the JASIC Terms of Reference.

The union has already brought concerns forward regarding some of the numbers and the sites that are attached to them, as we do not see all things being equal when it comes to absenteeism. Some of our concern revolves around the H1N1 issue/period and how that would have affected our numbers in some cases.

Through this committee we are also looking for resources from management to assist our members in getting better, not penalize them for being ill, many times through no fault of their own but merely because of the working conditions they are subjected to.


The removal of CTO was a unilateral decision made by the employer and we are still actively pursuing a policy grievance on this matter as well.


Our Regional ERCs are meeting in all four regions and we hope to see continued success at resolving issues with those forums.

We are working to have stage two hearings held every month at the local sites and have more grievances resolved there…rather than going to full arbitrations.

Management has agreed to waive the probationary period for all Fixed Term Employees who were recently classified under the Appendix COR9 – Letter of Understanding.

We will continue to pressure management to see that many of the recommendations that came out of the Security and Inmate Management Committee be moved on this year, such as the search dogs.

We have been making slow but steady progress with improving the labour relations at MERC and corporately. We will continue to do our best to improve the working conditions and safety for all our membership.

In Solidarity, Corrections Division