Step 1: Election of delegates and alternates from each local at each College, to attend Pre-Bargaining Conference.The highest-ranking steward/officer of your Local from the part-time membership will be the automatic first delegate, and all other delegates will be elected at your College’s General Membership Meeting (to be held by September 18, 2020) based on the formula found in OPSEU’s Constitution. Delegates are responsible for representing your Unit during the entire bargaining process and communicating bargaining information back to the Part-Time Unit and Local.
For every delegate elected from a College Unit, there must be an alternate, and an observer may also be elected (see 2.3 of Negotiations Procedures). Alternates and observers have a voice at the Pre-Bargaining Conference, but no vote.
Step 2: Nomination of Bargaining Team Members and AlternatesTo run as a Bargaining Team member or alternate, you must be a Part-Time College Support member in good-standing and be nominated by a Part-Time College Support member in good-standing. Good standing in the Union means that the member has signed an OPSEU membership card in accordance with Article 6 of the OPSEU Constitution).
Nominations for Bargaining Team member and alternate can be done in advance, by submitting a completed nomination form signed by both the nominator and nominee to OPSEU on or before September 23, 2020. Nominations can also be made at the Pre-Bargaining Conference with the nominee accepting the nomination, either in person or via a signed acceptance of the nomination.
Step 3: Pre-Bargaining Conference
Date: November 6-7, 2020
The Pre-Bargaining Conference is held to:
Step 4: Local Demand-Setting
Following the Pre-Bargaining Conference, a Demand-Setting meeting will be held by each College Unit to identify bargaining priorities from each Local at each College. The highest-ranking steward/officer and delegates will present recommendations from the Pre-Bargaining Conference to Local members for their information and consideration.
Members who are unable to attend the local demand-setting meeting may send their proposals in writing to the meeting Chair.
At the Local Demand-Setting meeting, members will vote on the local’s bargaining demand proposals.
Step 5: Final Demand-Setting
Date: January 29-30, 2021
At the Final Demand-Setting meeting, participants will vote on bargaining demands for the upcoming round of negotiations. At this meeting, the final demands that will be presented in the bargaining of the new Collective Agreement will be decided.