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Summer 2013

At the latest Local Executive Committee (LEC) meeting, held on May 8th, we had convention reports from several attendees and offered feedback to our members on the activities. For the first time in many years, all of the submitted constitutional amendments were reviewed and voted on by the membership. We worked through many of the submitted resolutions with the liveliest debate occurring on the topic of membership in the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Several of us attended the Provincial Womens Committee (PWC) breakfast and are looking forward to their upcoming convention in November.

One of the most emotional events of the convention occurred when several members of the Porter Airlines Local visited us, telling us the story of a small union that is fighting a mighty battle. As a show of support for these dedicated folks at Porter, we are asking that our members do not use Porter during this upcoming summer holiday season. For more information about this strike check out their website at http://dontflyporter.nationbuilder.com/.

Our revised bylaws have been reviewed by OPSEU head office and we have a few items to discuss at the September 11th General Membership meeting. Ken Hill will continue to work on this topic for our membership. Put this date in your calendar now, we will have several items that require membership votes to move our membership forward!!

The ODSP office have continued the fight against the cuts to our most vulnerable citizens who receive disability assistance. Show your support by sending this letter to Premier Wynne. We have had an active group from our ODSP office in Kingston, and from across Region 4, working on this campaign with MPP meetings, rally days and mail outs. A big thank you to Nancy Lewis and Michelle McMurray for participating in the Toronto Lobby Day on April 10th. Keep up the great work folks!!

Local 432 will have 1 delegate and 1 alternate attending the Broader Public Service (BPS) convention in Toronto from June 21st to 23rd. The BPS convention should be very exciting and with most of the new OPSEU members joining that sector, it is now larger than the OPS sector.

We have heard of several members from across Region 4 that have been successful in their Transition Exit Initiative (TEI) applications. Of course we have also heard of some confusion happening in some ministries---if you are having challenges with your application please contact us.

Are you interested in helping your local? You can be an active steward or an information steward, attend a meeting and hear more about the role. We need your help to increase our number of stewards and ensure that information is shared at all 15 worksites.