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) -
The LEC is made up of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Unit Stewards. These are elected positions with a term of 2 years. Our next elections will be held in February 2016.
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.