A huge thank you to everyone who attended last evening’s rally outside the AGO. The support we received from our members, other OPSEU Locals, the OPSEU Greater Toronto Area Council, the Canadian Auto Workers Union, the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the United Steel Workers Union, friends, family and Gallery visitors demonstrated the strength of our position.
Rhythms of Resistance and Faith Nolan had over 100 people marching up and down Dundas Street waving signs and shouting a clear message to the AGO: “Our members deserve job security and full-time work and get get we’re going to Stand Up and Fight Back!”
We headed back to the bargaining table this morning to fight for a fair contract and will keep you posted on our progress through the day. Each department has been assigned a lead contact person and they will activate their phone trees as of midnight tonight whether and agreement has been reached or if we are going on strike. Expect a call. You can also check this site at midnight to confirm whether we are going on strike or not.
The bargaining team will be in contact with the individuals who signed up for the 12-2am shift on Friday around 11pm with an update on our progress.
After yesterday’s meeting there were a few outstanding items in need of clarification:
All members (full and part time) will receive $30 for each 4 hour shift put in on the picket line, up to a maximum of $150 per week (20 hours). So, if you are only able to do one shift in a week, you will receive $30.
Each week will be scheduled from Sunday to Saturday. If you walk the picket line on Friday or Saturday this week, you will receive $30 for each shift. So far we have posted picket shifts to Tuesday May 25th. In the event of a strike you will receive instructions on how to sign up for shifts in the later part of next week through the scheduling committee.
In the event of a strike your benefits with Desjardins cease. OPSEU provides Life Insurance for all members in the event of a strike, but no other medical, dental or elective expenses will be covered for the duration of the strike. In the event of an emergency please contact the Hardship Committee.
In the event of a strike we will have a mobile Strike Headquarters for the Strike Committee to base their operations. Co-chairs of this committee are Wendy Ng and Jane Rhodes. They will oversea the Finance Committee, Hardship Committee and Communications/Mobilization Committee. More information will be shared in the event of a strike.