OPSEU Region 7 Regional Web Conference August 12th 2020

Hello All,

Your OPSEU Region 7 Executive Board Members will be hosting our second Web Conference on August 12, 2020. We will be giving updates on what’s happening at the OPSEU Board and across the Province. (See agenda attached) Web conference August 12
The first meeting will be starting at 6:00pm(eastern) and the second starting at 8:00pm(eastern). Everyone is welcome but we are asking that at least one person from each local bargaining unit attend the call. We want to hear from you and what is happening with your local.
Here is the link to the web conference.  If you have any questions please let us know and we will do our best to help.
OPSEU Region7 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: OPSEU Region7’s Web Conference Zoom Meeting
Time: Aug 12, 2020 06:00 PM America/Thunder_Bay

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In Solidarity,
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OPSEU Region 7 Executive Board Mask Donations

Hello All,

Your OPSEU Region 7 Executive Board will be donating OPSEU Masks in:

Fort Frances Saturday June 27th from 1:00pm till 3pm at the OPSEU Membership centre,

Kenora June 27th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the OPSEU Membership centre,

Dryden June 28th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Dryden Regional office,

Ignace June 28th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Ignace Ministry office parking lot.

We will be doing an Eastern road trip shortly (Time and Date to be posted shortly)

In Solidarity, Your Executive Board Members Erin, Ken and Ed

Situation Report #136: COVID-19 / Rapport sur la situation no 136 : COVID-19 June 10th 2020

Situation Report #136: COVID-19 / Rapport sur la situation n136 : COVID-19

Ministry of Health | Health System Emergency Management Branch / Ministère de la Santé | Direction de la gestion des situations d’urgence pour le système de santé

June 9, 2020 / 9 juin 2020

 

Minister’s Order and Direction – Critical Supplies and Equipment

Arrêté et directive du ministre – matériel et équipement essentiels

Health – Portal Updates – June 11th

Situation:

Case count as of 8:00 a.m. June 9  2020 / Nombre de cas à 8 h le 9 juin 2020
Area / Région Case count / Nombre de cas Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier Deaths / Décès Change from yesterday / Changement par rapport à hier
Worldwide total /  

Total mondial

7 222 344 +109 197 409 195 +2 648
Canada 96 244 +545 7 835 +35
Ontario 31 090 +230 2 464 +14

 

Ontario:

Confirmed Cases Cas confirmés Data Source / Source des données Yesterday / Hier 7-day % change /
% de changement sur 7 jours
Cumulative Cases Nombre cumulatif de cas iPHIS / SIISP 31 090 8%
Health Sector Worker Cases Nombre de cas chez les travailleurs du secteur de la santé iPHIS / SIISP 5 138 8%
Cumulative Resolved Nombre cumulatif de cas résolus iPHIS / SIISP 24 829 10%
Cumulative Deaths Nombre cumulatif de décès iPHIS / SIISP 2 464 7%
Long-Term Care Home Residents Nombre de décès de résidents des CSLD  iPHIS / SIISP 1 585 8%
Retirement Home Residents Nombre de décès de résidents des maisons de retraite  iPHIS / SIISP 171 13%
Health Sector Workers Nombre de décès de travailleurs du secteur de la santé iPHIS / SIISP 11 0%
Mode of Acquisition Mode d’acquisition     Percent of Total / % du total
Outbreak-associated or close contact of a confirmed case Associés à l’éclosion ou contact étroit avec un cas confirmé iPHIS / SIISP 19 431 62%
Travel Voyage iPHIS / SIISP 1 578 5%
No known epidemiological link Aucun lien épidémiologique connu iPHIS / SIISP 6 688 22%
Information missing or pending Renseignement manquant ou en attente iPHIS / SIISP 3 393 11%
Daily Count / Nombre quotidien
         
Testing Dépistage Data Source / Source des données June 7, 2020 /

7 juin 2020

June 4, 2020 /
4 juin 2020
Effective Reproduction Number (Rt)* Taux de reproduction effectif (Re)* PHO / SPO 1.0 1.0
North Nord PHO / SPO 2.2 0.4
Eastern Est PHO / SPO 0.9 0.9
Central East Centre-Est PHO / SPO 1.0 1.0
Toronto Toronto PHO / SPO 0.9 0.9
South West Sud-Ouest PHO / SPO 0.7 0.7
Central West Centre-Ouest PHO / SPO 1.6 2.0
      Yesterday / Hier 7-day average /
Moyenne de 7 jours
Daily tests completed Dépistages quotidiens effectués NOC / COR 13 509 18 919
% positivity % de positivité NOC / COR 2.6% 2.4%
Tests in process Analyses en cours NOC / COR 11 020 10 234
Daily Count / Nombre quotidien
Acute Care Soins aigus Data Source / Source des données Yesterday / Hier 7-day % change /
% de changement sur 7 jours
Confirmed patients hospitalized Cas confirmés hospitalisés dBCS / RqL 600 -25%
Cumulative hospitalized health sector workers Nombre cumulatif de travailleurs du secteur de la santé hospitalisés iPHIS / SIISP 192 8%
Cumulative health sector workers in ICU Nombre cumulatifs de travailleurs du secteur de la santé aux soins intensifs iPHIS / SIISP                 47 9%
        7-day average /
Moyenne de 7 jours
Expanded Vented Beds Capacity Remaining Capacité augmentée restante de lits avec respirateurs CCSO / SOSMPC 79% 79%
Current vented patients (includes COVID+) Patients actuellement branchés à un respirateur (incluent les COVID+) CCSO / SOSMPC 555                                 538
COVID+ Vented COVID+ sur respirateur CCSO / SOSMPC 88                                   91
Daily Count / Nombre quotidien
         
Active Outbreaks Éclosions actives Data Source / Source des données Yesterday / Hier 7-day average /
Moyenne de 7 jours
Hospitals Hôpitaux iPHIS / SIISP                   7                                   19
Long-Term Care Homes CSLD iPHIS / SIISP                 78                                 108
Retirement Homes Maisons de retraite iPHIS / SIISP                 35                                   50
Group Homes Foyers de groupe iPHIS / SIISP                 21                                   32
Correctional Facilities Établissements correctionnels iPHIS / SIISP                   2                                     1
Shelters Refuges iPHIS / SIISP                 10                                   18
Other Congregate Settings Autres cadres d’hébergement en commun iPHIS / SIISP                 57                                   64
Undefined Non défini iPHIS / SIISP                 14                                     5
iPHIS = integrated Public Health Information System; PHO = Public Health Ontario; NOC = COVID19 Provincial Diagnostic Network Operations Centre; CCSO = Critical Care Services Ontario; dBCS = Daily Bed Census

*Mode of acquisition is identified following the public health investigation and may not be available at the time the case is reported. Reported numbers should not be interpreted as mode of acquisition for the previous day’s case count.

**Effective reproduction number R(t) is updated twice weekly and not daily.

SIISP = Système intégré d’information sur la santé publique; SPO = Santé publique Ontario; COR = Centre des opérations du réseau provincial de diagnostic de la COVID-19; SOSMPC = Services ontariens des soins aux malades en phase critique; RqL = Recensement quotidien des lits

*Le mode d’acquisition est déterminé à la suite d’une enquête de santé publique et peut ne pas être disponible lors de la déclaration du cas. Il ne faudrait pas interpréter les chiffres déclarés comme étant ceux correspondant au mode d’acquisition du nombre de cas de la journée précédente.

**Le taux de reproduction effectif (Re) est mis à jour deux fois par semaine et non pas quotidiennement.

Data are provided in English format / Le format des chiffres est le format anglo-saxon

 

Update :

  • Today, the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province’s reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children.
  • On June 8th, 2020, the Minister of Health issued an updated order and direction under the Health Protection and Promotion Act requiring specified health care providers as well as retirement homes to report on their CSE inventories and anticipated needs. This order and direction replaces the order issued on March 27th, 2020, and allow for a reduction in reporting frequency from daily to twice weekly. The updated Minister’s order and direction is attached and is available on the MOH COVID-19 Website. Instructions for participation are published on the Ontario Health Website.

Mise à jour :

  • Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a annoncé aujourd’hui ses plans pour la réouverture des centres de garde d’enfants, qui appuieront la prochaine étape du cadre visant le déconfinement de la province. Élaborés en consultation avec le médecin hygiéniste en chef et les responsables médicaux de The Hospital for Sick Children, ces plans exigent des exploitants des centres de garde qu’ils respectent des protocoles sanitaires stricts pour assurer la sécurité des enfants et du personnel.
  • Le 8 juin 2020, la ministre de la Santé a publié un arrêté et directive mis à jour pris en vertu de la Loi sur la protection et la promotion de la santé qui oblige les fournisseurs de soins désignés ainsi que les maisons de retraite à communiquer des renseignements sur leurs stocks de matériel et d’équipement essentiels et leurs besoins prévus. Cet arrêté et directive remplace l’arrêté publié le 27 mars 2020 et autorise la réduction de la fréquence des rapports qui passe de quotidiennement à deux fois par semaine. L’arrêté et directive mis à jour de la ministre se trouve en annexe et sur le site Web de la COVID-19. Les instructions pour soumettre les données sont publiées sur le site Web de Santé Ontario.

OPSEU Coalition of Racialized Workers invite members from racialized communities to apply to join the caucus

From: Peter Thompson
Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2020
Subject: Coalition of Racialized Workers: Call Out for new members

The OPSEU Coalition of Racialized Workers would like to invite members from our racialized communities to apply to fill two vacancies available on the provincial caucus. If you identify as racialized and are from one of the following communities, Asian, African, Black, South Asian or Caribbean, please submit your application for consideration.

As a member of the Provincial Coalition of Racialized Workers, you will be tasked with the following:

  • To organize, educate, support, and empower racialized members within OPSEU
  • To ensure racialized workers are adequately represented within the union
  • To encourage the participation of racialized members at local and regional levels
  • To advocate for the use of Race Based analysis in all decision-making
  • To review policies and practices, which may lead to racial discrimination
  • To work with equity-seeking groups to broaden and develop the goals of the caucus
  • It is also important that you have the drive and desire to network, advocate and educate, in an effort to increase equality for racialized workers

Please forward applications to the Equity Unit equity@opseu.org  no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2020.  See link for application:

https://opseu.org/news/coalition-of-racialized-workers-provincial-caucus-application/106262/

Thunder Bay and District Labour Council Scholarships-Deadline May 31, 2020

Greetings to Presidents and Delegates,
Please see attached the French and English application forms for the Labour Council Scholarships. The deadline to submit applications is May 31st. 2020.
The completed applications must be mailed to the Thunder Bay & District Labour Council address (seen on the application heading) and are available only to persons affiliated to their local unions that are in good standing, (paid up) to the Labour Council.
In solidarity,
Marg Arnone
Recording Secretary
Thunder Bay & District Labour Council

Request for OPSEU Local Support

To: OPSEU Region 7 Locals

We are asking if our Locals would like to donate whatever they can to support the Eco Superior 10th Annual Painted Rain Barrel Auction. (https://www.32auctions.com/2020PaintedRainBarrels)

This Auction supports our community and this year, they have decided to donate 50% of sales to The Indigenous Food Circle. The Auction closes on May 13th so it does not give us a lot of time.  If you have a set amount your local would be willing to donate, we will bid on what money we know we have! If we are successful, the Painted Rain Barrell will be at the next OPSEU Region 7 event as a prize.  We would sell tickets, mention locals who donated to the prize and all proceeds will be given to another non-profit organization or any organization in need!

If we are unsuccessful in winning the auction, we will be donating all money raised to the Northwest Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA). (http://www.foodbanksnorthwest.ca/) The RFDA Northwest donates food to food banks from Wawa to Kenora.

Please send all Donation amounts to Gail Kelly @ kellygailkelly@yahoo.ca  making cheques payable to OPSEU Local 715. (Thank you for taking this on) Send cheques to the OPSEU Thunder Bay Regional office attention Gail Kelly.

We hope everyone is Safe!

In Solidarity

Gail Kelly PWC & Region 7 Equity Groups

Take our COVID-19 Workplace Survey

Dear friends,
To get a better understanding of the working conditions, and emotional and physical wellness of our health care members during COVID-19, OPSEU is inviting you to take part in a survey about your experience during this pandemic.
We think it is important to document a wide variety of workers’ experiences. So we worked with other unions and Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and researchers at the Institute of Work & Health and Duke University in North Carolina on a survey that will report on workers’ experiences during this challenging time.
The survey provides an opportunity for workers to tell their stories about workplace issues, activities, and emotions during the pandemic. Feel free to fill it out more than once if things change. The results will give us a collective view (nation-wide) of the pandemic from workers’ standpoint. We’ll use the results to validate workers concerns, identify gaps, assess health and safety issues, and make recommendations for change.
The survey takes about 10 – 20 minutes to complete. It’s confidential, voluntary, and the data will be stored on a secure server. You can skip questions.
To access the survey please follow this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pandemic_Survey
If you have questions, please contact John Oudyk MSc CIH ROH, Occupational Hygienist, at joudyk@ohcow.on.ca
Sincerely,
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

New Process for OPSEU Local Executive Committee Elections

Hello All,

The OPSEU Executive Board met this Monday and passed a motion that allows the extension of all elected positions within the local.  If there is an urgent need to hold elections, put a request in to your Staff Rep and they will forward it to the Presidents office for approval.  (See Motion Below)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

In Solidarity, Your OPSEU Region 7 Excutive Board Members.

New: Local Executive Committee elections

 Whereas the Ontario government has prohibited gatherings of five or more people; and

Whereas elections for OPSEU/SEFPO local executive committees may have been scheduled to take place during the time where gatherings of five or more people is prohibited;

Therefore be it resolved that all local executive committee elections be postponed until the prohibited gatherings of five or more people is declared over by the Ontario government; and

Be it resolved that if a local wishes to have elections by alternate means they can ask for permission to the President’s office; and

Be it further resolved that all local executive committee members retain their current status on the LEC until the gatherings of five or more people is allowed and OPSEU/SEFPO returns to its normal operations. 

Thunder Bay and District Labour Council Labour Scholarships

Hello All,
Please see attached the English and French application forms for the Labour Council Scholarships.
The completed applications must be mailed to the Labour Council address (on the heading) and are available only to affiliates of local unions that are in good standing (paid up) to the Labour Council.

NOTICE Update – OPSEU Ministry of Transportation

Sent on behalf of President Thomas

OPSEU has been advised that only MTO employees who provide a critical service and are asked to report to work in-person should continue reporting to their physical work locations, until further notice.

The ministry’s critical services include:

  • The operation of provincially owned, operated, and/or regulated transportation operations including marine services, remote northern airports, and transit;
  • The enforcement and continuity of road safety including permitting, motor vehicle inspection and enforcement, and services rendered to support and regulate the trucking industry which is essential to the provinces response to the state of the emergency;
  • All road and maintenance, construction, and back office supports as they are critical to continue the safe operation of key transportation corridors throughout the province.

Thanks.

Filomena Lofranco

EA to President Thomas, Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Cell: 416-735-5429