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Dec 2011

January 11th meeting cancelled -- see everyone at the February 8th General Membership Meeting

Wow - what a turnout - the Kingston OPSEU stewards meeting was a huge success with many thanks to Steve Gora for bringing the latest OPSEU campaign to our members. The December 7th meeting had an overflow crowd and details of the Cuts Hurt Us All campaign were reviewed for all in attendance from across Region 4. The next public event in our area is a Public Hearing planned for January 5th at the Kingston Library - check the upcoming events section for details and submission requests.

For members who have submitted their personal email addresses to the "asklocal432@gmail.com" email box, you will receive an update on the ODSP campaign and the Quality Public Services Town Hall Meetings. The templates for both campaigns are available in the FAQ/Info section. There is a MERC update regarding the ODSP campaign and a message from our Region 4 Executives about the Town Hall Meetings.

For the latest on this campaign visit www.opseu.org/ops/campaigns/cutshurtusall You will hear this phrase numerous times over the next year and I can only repeat it here, "We are in for the fight of our lives!"

With your help and your commitment to fighting to protect services that benefit citizens of Ontario, we can make a difference and now is the time to get involved! Take the time to review the OPS Stewards presentation from the December 7th meeting . View Powerpoint presentation.

Pink Slip Days have happened in July and November, if Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has his way we will have many many lay off notices issued across the public service with cuts of up to 33% in some services. In Region 4 the current tally of notices issued is at 42 for colleagues with more to come, No job is safe!

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)

As this government continues to cut jobs and outsource services, it is important that as OPSEU members we use services that are provided by our members. If you need to visit a Service Ontario location, we suggest searching the attached listing of Service Ontario sites for to find one closest to you at.

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

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 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.

If you have questions or comments, send us an email and a member of the Local Executive Committee will contact you. .