Our local structure is made up of 3 parts:
The Local Executive Committee, the Steward Body and the General Membership.
The Local Executive Committee (LEC) -
Our smaller offices (375 University Avenue and 385 Yonge Street, 3rd floor) have one Unit Steward each. All of our other offices have two unit stewards each. Offices with two unit stewards elect a lead unit steward who represents the office at the Local Employee Relations Committee (LERC). The second unit steward supports the needs of the office and steps-in if the lead unit steward cannot attend an LERC meeting.
The Local Executive Committee is responsible for carrying out the financial and administrative business of the local under the terms set by the OPSEU Constitution. This includes: preparing and submitting quarterly audit reports, running a minimum of 2 General Membership Meetings per year, representing the membership at the LERC, facilitating member participation in Ontario Public Service Bargaining, and organizing local events.
The Steward Body -
All members of the Local Executive Committee are also Stewards. In addition, our local has information stewards in all 6 of our offices. Information stewards assist the LEC to communicate with and represent the members. Information stewards can be elected by a single vote, and swear an oath to fulfill the obligations and responsibilities of stewardship to the best of their ability.
The Steward’s Job in OPSEU is:
• Organizer and communicator
• Grievance handler
• A link to collective bargaining
• A link to the Local Executive
• A link to the central union
• A resource for members
Click here for a list of stewards in OPSEU Local 586.
The General Membership -
The General Membership is made up of everyone who is represented by the local. A minimum of twice a year, the local executive organizes General Membership meetings. At these meetings the members have direct say in the local budget, bargaining demands, and initiatives of the local. You can also be involved by bringing your comments and ideas to your stewards, or by becoming a steward yourself! By getting involved you ensure your union represents your needs.
29.5.1 The President shall enforce compliance with Bylaws and regulations of the Union and Local; preside at Local meetings; be an ex-officio member of all Local committees; generally supervise the affairs and operations of the Local; carry out such other duties as may be prescribed by Local Bylaws.
Currently Chantale Francis is serving as the interim president of Local 586.
29.5.2 The Vice-President shall perform all the Presidential functions during any absence of the President and accept and exercise such other duties and powers as may be designated by the Local Executive Committee or the President. The Vice-President may also attend all functions (including all regional meetings and Conventions) of the Union, in place of the President when the President cannot attend.
Chantale Francis is a long-time activist with Local 586. She served as Treasurer of the local from March 2014 to February 2016 when she became Local VP. Chantale also heads our Regional Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
Chantale is currently serving as the interim president of Local 586.
29.5.4 The Treasurer shall be responsible for proper administration of the assets of the Local, including the operating funds.
Shantelle is a French Language designated Caseworker at 47 Sheppard Ave. She has been a L586 Steward for several years, and was elected as a Unit Steward for that office as well as Local Treasurer in March 2016.
29.5.3 The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Local and keep Minutes; distribute notices to all members of the Local, as required; answer and/or forward all pertinent correspondence; and forward all pertinent membership information to the appropriate union regional office.
Tim is a Caseworker at the 385 Yonge St 2nd Floor Office. He is active in OPSEU both inside and outside of the local. He is the alternate to the Region 5 Young Workers Committee and has worked on local political campaigns and the College Part Time Organizing drive.