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Nov 2011

Attention all OPSEU stewards in Kingston, plan to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on December 7th at the Kingston Membership Centre. Check the upcoming event section for further details or contact Steve Gora, stevegora1@gmail.com.

The first Pink Slip Day was July 14th; the second Pink Slip Day was November 17th, during this continuation of attacks on our members across the province. The impact of July 14th was 19 colleagues in Kingston, 57 in Region 4 and 274 across Ontario. Earlier in the year 417 members across the province lost their jobs. As of the time of this update the regional impact of the November 17th cuts are still being gathered, however we know that 23 of the 231 job losses are in the Kingston area. We know that 3 ministries were targeted in this round, Attorney General, Health and Long-Term Care and Transportation. They are losing administrative and IT positions. More program cuts that will impact citizens of Ontario with a lack in services and longer wait times. Read the latest news from OPSEU leaders about the job cuts at http://www.opseu.org/ops/collective/november_17_2011.htm

Are you prepared if your position is attacked? Ask your local steward for more information. Check the information section for the Article 20 details and employee portfolio templates to ensure you are prepared should your position be the next one on the chopping block. Be prepared should your position be targeted either by surplus or by another member that may need to continue working to support their family. Job losses will continue until the government has achieved this moving target of 5000 positions by March 2014. The process and rationale for this downsizing seems t o change depending upon political pressures from citizens. Get involved, question your local MPP about the loss of services & loss of jobs. OPSEU's Challenge the Austerity booklet has some great questions to start the conversation with your elected representative. View Booklet (pdf)

Any cuts to public services will make our communities less safe, less healthy and weaken our economy. If you want to contact your local MPP to chat about the job losses, MPP John Gerretsen can be reached at 613 547 2385, or email jgerretsen.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org . For our many members who live outside of the Kingston area in the Frontenac, Lanark, Lennox & Addington riding, MPP Randy Hillier can be reached at 613 354 1948 or email randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org

As this government continues to cut jobs and outsource services, it is important that as OPSEU members we use services that are offered by our members. If you need to visit a Service Ontario location, we suggest the 1055 Princess Street Kingston site which is the only location in Kingston that is staffed by OPSEU members.

Convention 2012 plans are in the works and one of the items your delegates will be voting on is a temporary dues increase. OPSEU has not had a substantial dues increase since 1991. For 20 years, our dues rate has remained virtually the same with the exception in 1996 and 2002 when temporary dues increased to replenish the strike fund after two lengthy strikes. The decision to ask for a dues increase, even a temporary one, is not an easy one. As public sector workers, we have been, and continue to be, constantly attacked while being accused of not being hit as hard as others. The majority of OPSEU Executive Board members agree that we need to have this discussion and make a decision. At the 2012 OPSEU Convention, the final decision will be up to the Delegates. Check out the Vice Presidents message for the full story http://www.opseu.org/vicepresidentsmessage/november-10-2011.htm. It's time to have the conversation about a temporary dues increase - share your views through the asklocal432 email link!

We have a few spaces left for the December 17th Holiday Gathering, check out the poster for details and send your RSVP soon.

The December 13th Local Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting has been cancelled, check the 2012 meeting schedule. Please post this schedule on your worksite union boards and remember that any member of Local 432 can attend the LEC meetings throughout the year.

In October the OPSEU Editors Weekend was held in Toronto and was attended by this webmaster. What an experience - 80 fellow writers and website coordinators all in the same location, attending educational sessions for 3 days! Our website didn't win any of the awards however we did receive some great feedback from the judges and more importantly, great suggestions to improve future content of the site. During this weekend event, members of the In Solidarity Committee were elected, unfortunately no one from Region 4 stood for election - anyone interested in Local 432 for next time?

Are you interested in helping with this website? Would you be willing to attend Kingston Area Labour Council meetings as a representative of Local 432? Do you have a few hours a month that you could help with campaign activities? Send us an email and a member of the Local Executive Committee will contact you to discuss your offer of assistance. .