Who is my steward?
how do I get on the mailing list?
I'm new to the idea of a union. where can I learn more?
why do I need to sign a union card?
You do not have to sign a union card to be a part of our bargaining unit. However, signing a union card has benefits for you and the local. It benefits Local 291 because the number of signed members affects the number of delegates we can send to convention. It benefits us collectively because we get more money so we can participate in OPSEU functions, increase our profile, connect to other locals, build capacity, and most importantly represent the interests of our members. It benefits you individually because you get access to OPSEU member discounts, and you can sign up for weekly emails that give you news about what's going on with OPSEU locals across the province.
What's going on at the provincial level?
Why are all the meetings in Guelph?
What is Convention?
OPSEU's Convention is a democratic gathering of representatives from every OPSEU local that occurs every two years. At Convention representatives discuss and vote on issues that affect OPSEU as a whole. A "delegate" is a local's official representative and has a vote at Convention. The delegate gets paid by OPSEU if they have to take a day off work to attend Convention. An "alternate" is someone the local sends to observe the proceedings. If the alternate has to miss work to attend Convention, they must use comp or vacation time to be paid for the time off. Both delegates and alternates get reimbursed for travel, accommodation, and food (within reasonable limits as set out by OPSEU).