OPS Campaign Review “Just because a particular government department delivers a program today, does not mean it should deliver it tomorrow.” (2011 Ontario Budget: Budget Papers, page 69.) At the 2011 OPSEU Convention, delegates voted unanimously to support a fightback against cuts and privatization in the OPS.
OPS Campaign ReviewUnder the leadership of Corrections MERC, Save Our Jailscampaign launched. 12,000 people signed petitions, hundredsattended town hall mtgs; questions were raised in the Legislature.No cost-benefit analysis to justify closures ever provided. 3
OPS Campaign Review A special two-day fightback meeting of OPS Locals was held June 17-18, 2011. 4
OPS Campaign Review “Words that work” exercise: talking about what we do for the people of Ontario. 5
OPS Campaign ReviewCampaign materials created, coming out of the Fightbackmeeting. Leaflet drops around Queen’s Park, and during 6Labour Day events.
OPS Campaign Review274 layoff notices issued July 14. Eliminated: program review ofsocial assistance, SSAH for adults with developmentaldisabilities. Reduced: regulation of pay day loans and collectionagencies, drinking water inspectors in 4 districts, scientists andtechnical experts on air and water quality. 7
OPS Campaign Review Locals across the province organized rallies and barbecues on July 14, “Pink Slip Day.” 8
OPS Campaign Review More campaign resources are created over the summer, fall and winter months. 9
OPS Campaign Review In the late summer and early fall, the Central Enforcement and Renewal Committee (CERC) developed a comprehensive campaign proposal to fight job and service cuts. It was approved by the OPSEU Executive Board in September. Planning begins for phase of mobilization, November – January 2012. 10
OPS Campaign Review OPSEU’s Executive Board approved funding for the union to survey Ontarians on the potential privatization of ServiceOntario. 1,000 Ontarians surveyed Sept. 27 – Oct. 4. 71% oppose the privatization of ServiceOntario. 75% are concerned about a private company having access to, and the ability to control and make changes to, their personal information. 68% prefer service delivery in-person. 11
OPS Campaign Review OPSEU supports 28 candidates in the Oct. 6 provincial election. 12
OPS Campaign Review231 layoff notices issued on November 17. Eliminated:Ontario’s only senior marine heritage advisor. Reduced:answering public inquiries on road safety, processing ofclaims from health care providers, processing of restraining 13orders, child and spousal support orders.
OPS Campaign Review 18 member mobilizers booked off to help organize 26 stewards assemblies, Dec. 2011 – Jan. 2012. 14
OPS Campaign ReviewUnder the leadership of the ODSP sub-committee of MCSSMERC, ODSP members have made three submissions to theCommission for the Review of Social Assistance, have heldcolour days in the workplace and have lobbied their MPPs.15
OPS Campaign ReviewA major focus of the union’s campaigning efforts has beenServiceOntario under the leadership of the ServiceOntariosubcomittee of the MGS MERC.This campaign package wase-mailed to 1,300 MGS members with secure e-mails andOPS local presidents. 16
OPS Campaign Review Member mobilizers helped recruit community and union members to participate in the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness, Jan – Feb. 2012. 17
OPS Campaign Review OPS Local Presidents met Feb. 4, 2012, to talk about bargaining, the political environment and an Action Plan for All OPS Locals. 18
OPS Campaign Review Four days after the government announced ServiceOntario will be handed over to a public-private partnership, and two days after the Drummond Commission’s report, OPS locals hold information pickets. 45 are held Feb. 17 – 19 March 19.
OPS Campaign Review Originally produced for the ServiceOntario campaign, the slogan – CHOOSE PUBLIC – and the wristbands proved popular among all OPS locals. By the end of March, 14,000 wristbands were shipped to OPS locals. 20
OPS Campaign Review Closure leaked to the media, Feb. 1, before staff notified. 65 full-time jobs lost and 600 summer student jobs. Events held Feb. 25, March 7, April 5 and 12 to raise awareness, creative social media campaign launched. 21
OPS Campaign ReviewThe closure of Bluewater, March 5, is leaked to the media priorto staff being notified. 200 good-paying jobs are ripped out ofthe town of Goderich. The downsizing of Brookside and CecilFacer Youth Centres are also announced. 22
OPS Campaign ReviewMembers in more than 30 workplaces dress in black, wearChoose Public stickers and wristbands, and post flyers insupport of public services on March 29, two days after theprovincial Budget is released, announcing yet more cuts. 23
OPS Campaign ReviewIn this video, Local 555 members in Toronto sharetheir concerns for the future of their jobs and services. 24
OPS Campaign Review Thistletown closure over 2 years announced March 19. 240 permanent jobs cut. Hundreds of families affected. Rallies held March 25, April 1. Families and Friends Against the Closing of Thistletown revitalized after 17 years. http://savethistletown.com/ 25
OPS Campaign ReviewThe interim report of the Commission on Quality Public Servicesand Tax Fairness is released April 13. The Commission visited12 communities, collecting testimony from more than 1,000providers and users of public services, experts on progressivetax reform, public policy planners and ordinary citizens. Thereport contains 16 recommendations on ways that Ontario canmaintain public services through moderate tax reform. 26
OPS Campaign ReviewAs a response to the Budget’s attack on public services andthe workers who deliver them, OPSEU launches theORNGE line, asking members to alert them to managementwaste including: too many managers, high-pricedconsultants, bonuses, perks, salary hikes for senior staff. 27
OPS Campaign Review Ontario Public Service index page, April 19. One-stop for all information about bargaining and the campaign. 28
OPS Campaign ReviewThe OPS Blog, April 19. Short information items on service and job cuts, withaction generally included at the end of the post, e.g.: a website to go to, ane-mail address for an MPP or cabinet minister. Ideal for sharing with co-workers and friends via Facebook and Twitter. Pick up your card with theURL at the OPS campaign table. 29
OPS Campaign ReviewWe have started this poster series, profiling the work of ourmembers. Pick up copies at the OPS campaigns table and postthem in your workplace. Pls volunteer to be the subject of afuture poster - we want to include as many OPS jobs as possible!We want the public to know the important work we do on behalfof the people of Ontario. 30