OPSEU Local 550

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Shout-out Nomination

To make a shout-out, please email us and include the following: The member you are nominating, the reasoning for nominating, who is doing the shout-out, and the date.

Thank you for your continuing participation!


Friday November 03, 2023, 5:00 P.M. TO 9.00 P.M. @ 31 Wellesley Street E. Toronto ON. - Dinner, Games, Prizes & Much More!


Region 5 Educational (Nov 4-5)

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.

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August 23, 2023

Dear members,

Tomorrow your bargaining team will be meeting with the employer for negotiations this week and next.

We are committed and focused on getting the best possible deal for members. The demands we will present to the employer are based on what you have told our team are your top priorities. We will provide updates to the membership as soon as possible.

We want to thank you for your support of the bargaining team.

In Solidarity,
Kawashi, Chris & Darlene

Region 5 Educational (Sept 23-24)

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.

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July 12, 2023

The Coalition of Racialized Workers (CORW) would like to invite all Region 5 members to its annual “Cook-out”

It’s Summertime and time for us to have fun! The Coalition of Racialized Workers (CORW) would like to invite all Region 5 members to its annual “Cook-out”. This event will be held at OPSEU/SEFPO Head Office at 100 Lesmill Road.

Event date: Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 11:30am-5pm.

Location: 100 Lesmill Road, Toronto.

Please RSVP (with the number of guests who will be attending) no later than August 17, 2023 to equity@opseu.org. We are looking forward to seeing you all there! On Behalf of Region 5 EBMs.

January 15, 2023

Happy New Year Local 550! We have a few updates to share:

- GMM is scheduled for Thursday February 9, 2023 at 7PM. A $25 PC giftcard will be handed out to those who attend the full duration of the meeting.

- Christmas gift cards ($50 PC gift card) for 2022 will be distributed by the end of the month.

- The bargaining team representing Broadview Village is Kawashi Tharmaseelan (President), Chris Pacheco (Vice President), Darlene Mitrovica (Chief Steward), and as our alternate Michelle Richardson (Trustee).

- We are introducing a monthly shout-out where any memeber can email us a shout-of of another member where they feel that member deserves to be recognized for. Each month, we will randomly select a shout-out and they will be rewarded with a prize. Please see above this news post for directions.

- Social Committe meeting will be sometime in Sepetember 2023.

October 22, 2022

GMM on Thursday September 27th 2022 (6pm - 8pm) for entire local, all units: we will be holding elections via Zoom.

Demand Set for Unit: Broadview Village on Thursday November 3 2022 (6pm - 8pm) via Zoom.

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Region 5 upcoming events

September 21, 2022

Registration is open for November 19-20 Weekend Educational. Application package deadline is Friday, October 7, 2022 at 4:00PM.

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July 28, 2022

Queen’s Park Creative Action & Press Conference – August 8, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

OPSEU / SEFPO and the Ontario Federation of Labour are organizing a Queens Park Creative Action & Press Conference to take place on MONDAY, AUGUST @ 12 NOON!

We want to have a strong OPSEU / SEFPO presence at the demo, and are asking you as a local leader to help spread the word of this action and if possible, organize a local contingent to attend the lunch time event on August 8th. Some of our members are also working from home, and if they live in the vicinity of Queens Park or can use public transit to attend during lunch hour, that would be great!

Get involved!

June 20, 2022

Mark the Date!: Join OPSEU/SEFPO Region 5 at the 2022 Toronto Labour Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 5th, 2022.

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May 30, 2022

The election is only one week away. The following important information sessions have been organized to answer any questions you might have.

The dates and links are set out below:

May 30th: 7-8:00- Zoom link: https://opseu-org.zoom.us/j/89732943005

May 31st: -12-1:00 - Zoom link: https://opseu-org.zoom.us/j/89447924592

In Solidarity Region 5 RVP

May 7, 2022

Region 5 Virtual Weekend Educational, June 4-5, 2022

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May 3, 2022

Region 5 – Dismantling Anti-Black Racism course – Virtual, via Zoom

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April 8, 2022

OPSEU/SEFPO welcomes new leadership: JP Hornick and Laurie Nancekivell

JP Hornick has been elected as the new President of OPSEU/SEFPO marking the first change in the union's presidency in 15 years.

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March 23, 2022

Elections for OPSEU/SEFPO's 21 Executive Board Members for the 2022-2024 term and regional committee members were held across Ontario on Saturday March 19, 2022. Our Local 550 Delegates, Elizabeth Macdonald and Kawashi Tharmaseelan attended and voted! All new EBM's will be sworn in on Saturday April 9, 2022 and begin their term upon the adjournment of Convention 2022.

See results at: https://opseu.org/news/opseu-sefpo-regional-elections-2022-results/149563/

January 3, 2022

Hold The Date for GMM (General Membership Meeting): Sunday January 23, 2022, at 3pm, Meeting will be held virtually, and link will be sent out and posted closer to date. All Local 550 Members are encouraged to join.

Local 550 have distributed all gift cards to sites for members, please speak to your Location Steward for more information.

2022 New Year Message from your Local President: I wish you all the best for the coming year and thank you in advance for all that you do as union members. Be safe and stay blessed.

December 6, 2021

2021 $50 Appreciation Gift Card will be distributed no later than Christmas, please speak to your shop steward at your location.

October 30, 2021


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October 16, 2021


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October 3, 2021


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September 27, 2021

OPSEU/SEFPO's Indigenous Circle is inviting you to Orange Shirt Day & National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Virtual Forum.

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September 16, 2021

OPSEU/SEFPO’s Virtual Pride Event this Sunday, September 19 on Facebook live!

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August 23, 2021

Final reminder: Deadline for Region 5 new member / steward orientation registration is fast approaching (August 27, 2021).

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July 11, 2021

Registration is open for Region 5 new member / steward orientation. Application package deadline is August 27, 2021.

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May 13, 2021

In keeping with the theme of “May you be WELL” we are giving away a Fitbit to one lucky participant!

All you have to do is move. That's it. Get out and move. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress, boost our moods, and stay healthy.

Snap a pic of you getting out and active. It doesn't have to be fancy but it does have to be fun. Walk the dog, chase the kids, ride a bike, just move.

Send your picture all month and we will post on May 31st. We will draw one name from the entries and that person will win a brand new Fitbit! Deadline for submission is Sunday May 30th.

It's just that easy! Send your pics to opseu.sector2@gmail.com. We will post on May 30th and draw live June 1st via Opseu Developmental Services Facebook page.

April 2, 2021

Registration is open for New Activist & New Steward Orientation. Application package deadline is April 16, 2021.

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March 5, 2021

Registration is open for Workers Health & Safety Centre Labour Level 1 Program / OFL Prevention on ‘Rights & Obligations’ / ‘Benefits & Services. Application package deadline is March 19, 2021.

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January 22, 2021

On February 7, 2021 from 10am-6pm, Local 550 is sponsoring a webinar that has been designed just for our members. It is enlightening, timely and a provocative, thoughtful discussion.

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December 16, 2020

- All Local 550 Members that have not received their 2020 Appreciation Gift Card ($25); Deadline is January 15th, 2021. Please contact Kawashi.

- Congrats to our newly appointed LEC Members for Local 550! We appreciate all your hard work and dedication.

- OPSEU Developmental Services (Sector 2)

- Happy Holidays from everyone at OPSEU Local 550. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

November 10, 2020

Welcome to the official website of OPSEU Local 550. We are excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website! Please take a moment to subscribe to the newsletter below to stay informed with the latest news and events from your Local 550.

In addition, we are also looking to add a Photos section to the website. If you have any photos, please email them to mail@opseulocal550.ca.