Region 5 Educational Weekend: February 25-26, 2023

The Region 5 Education Committee is pleased to offer this educational opportunity with both online and in-person options to attend. We would like to invite all members of Region 5 to participate in this Weekend Educational where the following courses will be offered:

 

Date:     Saturday, February 25, 2023 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, February 26, 2023 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM (approx.)

 

In-Person Course Offerings (Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel):

  1. Dismantling Anti-Black Racism
  2. Stewards 1: Making a Difference in the Workplace
  3. Stewards 3: Dealing with Discipline
  4. Duty to Accommodate: A Tool for Inclusive Workplaces
  5. Interpreting Your Collective Agreement: An Activist’s Role
  6. Health & Safety: Level Three

Online Course Offerings (via www.Zoom.us):

  1. Mental Health: Challenging Stigma in the Workplace
  2. Stewards 1: Making a Difference in the Workplace
  3. Advanced Grievance Handling for Union Building

*Please note that you may only participate in either online OR in-person courses for this Educational – there are no hybrid attendance options.

Please read the attached packages carefully, complete the application, and return to R5Educationals@opseu.org

The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 4:00PM

Documents to submit:

 

Community assembly: In this selection from the Beehive’s Mesoamérica Resiste poster, representatives of communities affected by Project Mesoamerica gather in a circle at the center of the poster to discuss their common struggles and plans for collective action. Unlike the top-down decision making that governs the “official” plans for the region, many voices are valued in this process of participatory, horizontal communication. 

United Nations Decade for People of African Descent – A National Conversation with Labour

 

The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent is coming to an end in 2024, how has labour moved the needle on anti-Black racism? Do we need more time?

Please join us for an evening where we will hear from experts from both Labour and Community discussing how the first 8 years of the Decade for People of African Descent has progressed and consider where we need to focus going forward.

More details will follow please RSVP today.

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Women. Life. Freedom.

“The Iranian labour movement and independent workers’ organizations are firm defenders of equality and oppose the imposition of any forced and compulsory hijab and all other injustices and discrimination against women and other oppressed people in Iran.”

A statement from a Local 512 activist from Iran
A solidarity statement with the progressive movements in Iran
Passed by the OPSEU-Greater Toronto Area Council and Local 512 Executive
 
A woman set fire to her headscarf during a protest in Tehran on Monday (photo from BBC article below)

At OPSEU we stand in solidarity with the courageous protesters in Iran who are condemning the brutal murder of Mahsa Amini and demanding justice and an end to all repression of women in Iran.

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, was arrested by Iran’s so-called ‘morality police’ on September 13 for allegedly failing to wear her hijab properly. She died three days later in police custody, reportedly after being beaten and tortured.

Protests have erupted across the country, and we fear for the safety of protesters. Reports are emerging of security forces using brutal violence. Several people have been killed by live ammunition, and the protests continue.

The Iranian labour movement and independent workers’ organizations are firm defenders of equality and oppose the imposition of any forced and compulsory hijab and all other injustices and discrimination against women and other oppressed people in Iran.

We support the demands of protesters, social movements, and the independent trade unions for the repeal of all unjust and repressive laws that deny the fundamental rights of women, and for justice for all other victims of the Iranian state’s misogynistic and discriminatory policies, and violence.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died in hospital in Tehran on September 16, 2022
 

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Welcome to Local 512 Website

OPSEU Local 512 is a composite local made up of over 300 members.  Most of our members live and work in the Greater Toronto Area and is part of the BPS (Broader Public Service). The local is further divided in 3 OPSEU Sectors:

Community Agencies Sector: ACCES, CSSP, Times Change, TCES, WWCC, YES

Children Treatment Centers Sector: CTYS

Mental Health Sector: Across Boundaries

  (To know more about your sector and units please click on the tags)