Please wear black on Tuesday May 20th in remembrance of Nicole Belair


Nicole BelairNicole Belair, a 33-year old Children’s Aid Society worker in Sudbury-Manitoulin and a member of OPSEU Local 668, died Tuesday after she was caught in an apartment fire while attending to a client of hers the previous day.

We ask that in honour of our fallen sister, all OPSEU members please wear black on Tuesday May 20th. Our thoughts and prayers are with Local 668, as well as with Nicole’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. 

The funeral will be held 11:30 am on Monday May 19 at St. Andrew’s United Church on Larch Street, not the R.J. Barnard Chapel at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home as indicated in an obituary in Thursday’s Sudbury Star. The change was made to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend. The church can hold about 500 compared to the chapel which can only seat  about 200.

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In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sudbury-manitoulin Children’s Foundation would be appreciated.

 On line donations accepted at the link below:

Bargaining Update

After 9 long and difficult days of bargaining we are pleased to announce that we were able to reach a tentative deal with Nipissing University late last night.

Details of the deal will be held in confidence until the presentation and ratification vote that will be held on May 21st in the AM (further details to follow for all campus locations).

Please stay in touch with your office bargaining committee member as well as our local website and facebook page.


Your Local 608 Bargaining Team

Dave Vadnais
Norm Pilon
Kyle Charron
Rob Boulet

Solidarity Day: Free Coffee May 12th!

On Monday May 12, 2014, our Bargaining Team is heading back to the table for contract negotiations. Our bargaining group has only three days scheduled for bargaining in May. May 12, 13 and 14 of next week. We would like to ask that you wear an OPSEU or blue coloured t-shirt, and a “Support OPSEU L608” button on each of these days. 

In order to kick off the week, we will be providing a free coffee to anyone wearing an OPSEU shirt and/or button on Monday May 12th

Arlene will be handing out coffee coupons near the Tim Horton’s in the main cafeteria. Anyone, support staff or not, wearing a button or t-shirt can obtain a free coffee coupon – WHILE THEY LAST!

Please join in showing support for our bargaining team’s efforts by wearing your OPSEU t-shirt and/or button! Go team OPSEU!

The Council of Canadians’ Energy East Ontario Tour: Our Risk – Their Reward

Our community is on the path of the TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project, which would convert a 40 year-old natural gas pipeline from Saskatchewan to Ontario, connecting it with new pipeline through Quebec and on to Saint John, New Brunswick. Transporting 1.1 million barrels of oil every day, it would be the largest oil pipeline in North America.

Find more information about The Council of Canadians’ ENERGY EAST: Our Risk-Their Reward campaign.

In solidarity,
Hélène Bertrand, Development Officer
The Council of Canadians

Energy East Pipeline OUR RISK – THEIR REWARD

From April 7-28, The Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting communities across Ontario to talk about why TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward for Ontarians. These events are free and open to everyone.
Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow and Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation will speak on how the Energy East Pipeline project is “Our risk – their reward.” Each tour stop also features a local guest speaker and video presentation about the diluted bitumen pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
I also invite you to participate in public consultations hosted by the Ontario Energy Board. These consultations are a key opportunity to have our voices heard about this risky pipeline and will influence our provincial government’s position on the project.

April 12 – Canada Room, Royal Canadian Legion, 150 1st Ave W (map) 7p.m. (doors open 6:30)

Ontario Energy Board consultation dates/locations:

April 2 – West Ferris Community Centre, 42 Gertrude Street East (map)

Near North Voices presents The Mozart Requiem

Near North Voices presents  The Mozart Requiem

Looking for something to do Sunday night? Check out Near North Voices presents The Mozart Requiem.

Sunday March 30, 2014 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Church.

OPSEU Local 608 will be there selling 16oz bags of Manomin Canadian wild rice for $10/bag.

All proceeds will go to the Fort Albany Women’s Shelter which operates a Fort Albany First Nation emergency shelter for women and their children.

Thank you to Adam Adler and the Near North Voices for inviting us!