Manomin Canadian Wild Rice For Sale ($14/bag)

On behalf of OPSEU’s Provincial Women’s Committee, OPSEU Local 608 is selling 16oz bags of Manomin Canadian wild rice for $14/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.

Manomin Canadian Wild Rice is organically grown, freshly harvested and processed by the Ojibway of Wabigoon. Kagiwiosa Manomin, an Ojibway owned and operated cooperative is located at Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation in Northwestern Ontario.

Please contact one of your local executives to arrange pick-up in our office, A145A.

Lost in the Cloud

Millions of gigabytes of government data, including the personal information of Ontario citizens, is stored on secure government servers. The security of this data is under threat from provincial cost-cutting. Act now by visiting OPSEU’s new campaign website!

Visit OPSEU's campaign page regarding personal data integrity in Ontario.

Visit OPSEU’s campaign page regarding personal data integrity in Ontario.

Annual Christmas Walk (2013)

Thank you to everyone who volunteered or stopped by to say ‘hello’ at the OPSEU Area Council tent at the North Bay Christmas Walk. Members of local 608 and local 635 helped serve hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies to the community. The beverages, tent and good cheer was provided by your OPSEU Area Council. The cookies were provided by Community Living FJ Dellandrea Place.

If you need any Christmas baking, please contact Jo Ann Wilson at Community Living FJ Dellandrea Place for pricing (741 Wallace Rd, Phone: 705-476-3280).

Rob and Arlene prepare to serve hot apple cider and hot chocolate to the community.

Rob and Arlene prepare to serve hot apple cider and hot chocolate to the community.

FT Bargaining Survey 2013 PT2

The next bargaining survey is available from Nov 21 to Nov 27, 2013 at 4PM. This is a follow up survey to get a better understanding of how the previous survey was ranked.

Please take a moment and provide some feedback by logging into Blackboard (, selecting your OPSEU course shell and view the Bargaining area for the survey.

Your OPSEU FT 2014 Bargaining Team

Time for Action: Bonfield CUPE Local 4616

A message from Henri Giroux, North Bay and District Labour Council:

As you know Bonfield CUPE local 4616 has been on strike since August 1st.

They are on the picket line from 8:00 am till 4:00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am to 12:00 pm on Friday.

Saturday at the Landfill 9am to 2pm.

There has been NO movement with this mayor and councilors. They have continued to bring in scab labour with no regard to the local members.

It is time to take action.

Please let me know if you are committed to joining me on Saturday November 16th 2013 at the landfill (185 Bluesea Rd., Bonfield, ON).

Thank you,

Henri Giroux