AGCO Members Bargaining Update:
A new collective agreement between AGCO and OPSEU Local 565 members was ratified on March 9, 2022. It was further ratified by the employer and sent to cabinet for signature by the Order-in-Council.
As you are aware the current Ontario Provincial Government on June 2,2022, was re-elected for another term in office and will soon begin the process of forming a new cabinet which will restart operations during or after summer recess. The Local and AGCO expect the collective agreement to move forward through cabinet to the Order-In-Council for signature in a timely manner. Pay increases will be retro-active.
The Local Executive Committee wishes everyone a safe and joyous summer.
President, OPSEU Local 565
OPSEU Region 5 Educational: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism (May 24, 25 and 26 2022)
The Region 5 Education Committee is pleased to offer this virtual educational opportunity to our Region 5 members. We would like to invite all members of Region 5 to participate in our upcoming Zoom class on:
DISMANTLING ANTI-BLACK RACISM
DATE: This course will run three consecutive evenings:
May 24, 25 & 26, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm
LOCATION: Virtual (Zoom)
Please read the application package carefully, complete the attached application form and return to R5Educationals@opseu.org
The deadline to submit your application is: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4:30 pm
Please find attached:
– Call-Out Package
– Human Rights Accommodation Form
On Behalf of the OPSEU/SEFPO Region 5 Education Committee
OPSEU/SEFPO Local 565 members say yes to the new collective agreement
AGCO’s OPSEU/SEFPO Local 565 members have voted 71 per cent in favour of accepting a new Collective Agreement with the AGCO.
The three-year deal covers some 400+ members of Local 565.
Despite the restrictions imposed by Bill 124 on the right to collective bargain, the bargaining team has scored several gains.
Bill 124 limits total compensation (which includes but not limited to wages and benefits) to one (1) per cent annually. OPSEU/SEFPO together with other large labour unions launched a Charter challenge of the bill to be heard by the court starting September 2022.
A reopening clause is part of the new collective agreement should the challenge succeed, or the bill is repealed by other means or amended in such a way to shorten the moderation period prior to the end of the Bill’s three (3) year prohibition on total employees’ compensation above one (1) per cent.
The new contract is a good deal given these tough bargaining times under Bill 124 and the pandemic. It comes with good gains which positions us well for future bargaining.
A full summary of the bargaining agreement highlights including a copy of the Memorandum of Settlement can be found here on the membership website: www.opseulocal565.ca
President OPSEU/SEFPO Local 565
COMPLIANCE OFFICIALS TO GET A TITLE CHANGE
Hello Local 565 Members
In the spring of 2021 several Compliance Officials brought forward concerns to the Local 565 Executive in regards safety, equipment, training and the Name change from Inspector to Compliance Official. Local 565 Stewards met with Compliance Officials across the province and spoke to them about their concerns.
These concerns were compiled into a report which was presented to Senior Leadership and then Senior Management. As a result, a Senior Management survey went out in the fall of 2021. The results were compiled and on January 28th, 2022 Senior Leadership and Management met with Regulatory Compliance Staff and presented the results.
AGCO Management have heard what Compliance Officials had to say and have committed to engaging with them a correcting these issues. Numerous Action Items were brought forward and in particular the Compliance Official Name.
AGCO Management have acknowledged that the name change was not popular and decided to move forward with correcting this. RCB staff will be receiving an e-mail very soon identifying three names that they can vote on. They are as follows;
- Compliance Official
- Compliance Inspector
The Union is in favor of the Inspector name for two reasons. The first being that all of the authorities for Compliance Officials under the new Liquor Licence and Control Act are designated under the Inspector or Investigator Sections. The second being that should RCB change its name in the future, no name change would be required for Inspectors.
The Union has worked hard in keeping Compliance Official concerns at the forefront and this is your opportunity to shape your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Union President Nigel Edwards or Vice-President Lorne Blais
Yours in Solidarity,
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