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Our Members. Our Focus. Our Strength.

Please see the PDF containing the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) package, providing answers to general questions related to the ratification process. This will be an evolving document based on feedback and questions from the membership.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of RANDY BLAKELY, Badge #11570, who passed away on July 9, 2024. Randy was an amalgamated officer from Trenton/Quinte West Police Service and retired as a Sergeant from the Quinte West Detachment on September 30, 2012.

Randy is survived by his wife Cheryl and children Benjamin, Justin and Luke Blakely, OPP Detective Constable (East Region) and daughter-in-law Heather Quattrocchi, OPP Detective Constable (Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau).

Visitation:
Monday, July 15, 2024, from 1100 hrs to 1400 hrs
Weaver Family Funeral Home – Trenton
29 Bay Street
Trenton ON K8V 1H2

Funeral Service:
Monday, July 15, 2024, at 1400 hrs
Weaver Family Funeral Home – Trenton
29 Bay Street
Trenton ON K8V 1H2

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
Hospice Quinte
1244 Old Highway 2
Belleville ON K8N 4Z2

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to:

Mrs. Cheryl Blakely and Family
93 Jeffery Drive
Trenton ON K8V 0P4

A reminder, voting is now open for both Uniform and Civilian members on their respective Collective Agreements.

Ratification Voting Period:

  • Open Date: Tuesday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Close Date: Tuesday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Members will have received their ballot – look for an email from: ‘vote@simplyvoting.com’ – and be sure to check your inbox as well as your junk/spam folder. If you encounter any issues, or did not receive a ballot, please email oppa@oppa.ca.

Voting Process:

Uniform and Civilian members will each vote on their respective Collective Agreement. To clarify:

  • Uniform members (including Cadets) will vote on the Uniform Collective Agreement.
  • Civilian members (including Special Constables) will vote on the Civilian Collective Agreement.

Outcome of Voting:

  • If one Collective Agreement is ratified and the other is not, the ratified agreement will be passed, and the other will not.
  • In such a case, the Board of Directors, in consultation with the Negotiations Committee, will reassess the situation and decide whether to reengage in negotiations with the Employer or proceed to interest arbitration.

Note on Arbitration:

Arbitration is not recommended by the OPPA due to the risk of concessions. Previous arbitration awards have resulted in several concessions. Arbitration carries significant risk to the provisions in the Collective Agreements. The OPPA aims to avoid this risk, especially after achieving significant wins in bargaining, including:

  • Across-the-board increases for all members
  • Special adjustments for specific civilian positions
  • Frontline Patrol Premium and PCC premium
  • Increases in duration incentives

These and other gains could potentially be lost in arbitration. These Agreements position the OPPA favourably for future negotiations beginning in 2026.

The OPPA Board of Directors fully endorses both Collective Agreements and encourages all members to vote YES.

Members are encouraged to login to the OPPA website for a list of FAQs, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of BEVERLY (BEV) KINREAD HICKEY, Badge #2197, who passed away on July 8, 2024. Bev served at Tillsonburg, Port Burwell, Grand Bend and Central Patricia (Pickle Lake) Detachments before retiring as Senior Constable form the Oxford Detachment on October 31, 2003.

Bev is survived by his wife Janet and children Ellen, Elaine, and Karen, son-in-law retired OPP Inspector, Mark Andrews (North East Region) and predeceased by his daughter Sharon.

Visitation:
Friday, July 12, 2024, from 1300 hrs to 1400 hrs
Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Home
262 Broadway Street
Tillsonburg ON N4G 3R7

Funeral Service:
Friday, July 12, 2024, at 1400 hrs
Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Home
262 Broadway Street
Tillsonburg ON N4G 3R7

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
AgeCare Auxiliary – Aylmer
465 Talbot Street West
Aylmer ON N5H 1K8
or
Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners – Oxford
575 Peel Street
Woodstock ON N4S 1K6
or
Charity of choice

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to:
Janet McKibbin and Family
66 Wellington Street PO Box 64
Port Burwell ON N0J 1T0

The OPP Association’s Negotiations Committee, last week, announced the successful negotiation of a tentative agreement for the renewal of the Uniform and Civilian Collective Agreements. The Negotiations Committee is happy with the results of bargaining and strongly encourages members to vote YES when voting opens.

As communicated on June 27, further details of the Agreements can be found in the Ratification Information Package PDF attached to the bottom of this email. The new term for both agreements will be from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2026.

Further, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) package will be released on our website later today, providing answers to general questions related to the ratification process. This will be an evolving document based on feedback and questions from the membership.

Virtual Ratification Information Sessions
We understand that members will have many questions about the new agreements. To address these, the OPPA will hold virtual ratification information sessions managed by GetQuorum, an organization specializing in virtual meetings to ensure we have capacity for all members.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Friday, July 5: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 8: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 9: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Members will receive an email from GetQuorum: notices@getquorum.com – with details of the upcoming meetings and a link to register for the sessions. Members will receive four (4) emails in total – one for each session. Members can register for all 4 by going into the respective session’s email, or register for just your preferred session(s).

Each session can accommodate up to 1,000 attendees who will have the ability to ask questions via the chat feature. When the session reaches capacity, you can still view the meeting via webcast, but will not be able to submit questions. In these cases, questions can be directed to: oppa@oppa.ca. You may attend as many sessions as you like. After registering, you will receive a unique link to access each meeting.

Meeting Format
The meetings will be conducted in a webinar format featuring panelists, a moderator, and attendees. Cameras and microphones will be muted to ensure a smooth experience. Attendees can use the chat feature to communicate their questions to the moderator. All questions will be logged, and a transcript of the sessions, along with commonly asked questions and answers will be posted on our website.

Ratification Voting Period
Opens: Tuesday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Closes: Tuesday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Watch for an email from: vote@simplyvoting.com – and be sure to check your inbox as well as your junk/spam folders.

Stay Connected
We encourage all members to sign up on the new OPPA website and ensure their contact information is up to date. This will help us keep you informed about all upcoming events and updates.

Thank you for your continued support and participation. We look forward to your engagement in the ratification process.

Voting for both Uniform and Civilian members to vote on their respective Collective Agreements will open at 12:00 pm Tuesday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m.

Ratification Voting Period:

  • Opens: Tuesday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Closes: Tuesday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

The voting platform will begin to send out the ballots at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, as soon as it becomes active. Members should receive their ballot within a few minutes depending on their email provider.

Watch for an email from: ‘vote@simplyvoting.com’ – and be sure to check your inbox as well as your junk/spam folder. If you encounter any issues or do not receive a ballot by this afternoon, please email oppa@oppa.ca.

Voting Process:

Uniform and Civilian members will each vote on their respective Collective Agreement. To clarify:

  • Uniform members (including Cadets) will vote on the Uniform Collective Agreement.
  • Civilian members (including Special Constables) will vote on the Civilian Collective Agreement.

Outcome of Voting:

  • If one Collective Agreement is ratified and the other is not, the ratified agreement will be passed, and the other will not.
  • In such a case, the Board of Directors, in consultation with the Negotiations Committee, will reassess the situation and decide whether to reengage in negotiations with the Employer or proceed to interest arbitration.

Note on Arbitration:

Arbitration is not recommended by the OPPA due to the risk of concessions. Previous arbitration awards have resulted in several concessions. Arbitration carries significant risk to the provisions in the Collective Agreements. The OPPA aims to avoid this risk, especially after achieving significant wins in bargaining, including:

  • Across-the-board increases for all members
  • Special adjustments for specific civilian positions
  • Frontline Patrol Premium and PCC premium
  • Increases in duration incentives

These and other gains could potentially be lost in arbitration.

These Agreements position the OPPA favorably for future negotiations beginning in 2026.

The OPPA Board of Directors fully endorses both Collective Agreements and encourages all members to vote YES.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of DAVID J. WOODWARD, Badge #1877, who passed away on June 7, 2024. David served at St. Catharines Detachment and Niagara Falls DHQ before retiring as Sergeant from the Exeter Detachment on July 31, 1990.

David is survived by his wife Jean and children Carol, David and Frank.

A Funeral Service has already taken place.

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
South Huron Hospital Foundation
24 Huron Street West
Exeter ON N0M 1S2
or
ShareWord Global
501 Imperial Road North
Guelph ON N1H 6T9

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to:
Mrs. Jean Woodward and Family
37799 Zurich-Hensall Road Unit 7
Zurich ON N0M 2T0

The OPP Association recognizes that the ratification process for the Collective Agreements is unchartered territory for many of our membership. We understand that many of you have questions, which is why we have scheduled information sessions. The OPP has agreed to allow people to watch the session while at work if operationally feasible.

July 5: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

July 8: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

July 9: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The vote begins at noon on July 9th closing on July 16th.

We have been made aware of inaccurate details regarding the Collective Agreements and the ratification process, and we want to make sure our members are receiving correct information. The OPPA website (www.oppa.ca) and your Branch Executive are sources of accurate information. You can visit our website, which includes an ongoing FAQ document. If you can’t find your answer on our website, please email us at oppa@oppa.ca.

Benefits

It is imperative to the OPPA that both Uniform and Civilian members receive fair and comprehensive insured benefits that are reflective of what is happening in the policing sector across the province.

The OPPA self-administers the insured benefits plans for our Uniform and Civilian members and retirees through the Benefits Transfer Agreement (BTA) in the OPPA Uniform and Civilian collective agreements. This is a very complex agreement that addresses administration processes and funding. Most municipal police associations do not self-administer their insured benefits plans, and therefore, do not have this added complexity to their respective collective agreements.

Recognizing the complexities, the parties agreed to focus negotiations on both Collective Agreements’ compensation and working terms noting that our Agreements expired on December 31, 2022. Benefit enhancement discussions are to take place in a separate forum this fall. It is our intention to enhance the insured benefits package.

Voting Process

The OPPA is aware that there may be some confusion regarding the voting process. Uniform and Civilian members will each vote on their respective Collective Agreement. To simplify – sworn Uniform members, including Cadets, vote on the Uniform Collective Agreement. Civilian members, including Special Constables, vote on the Civilian Collective Agreement.

If one of the Collective Agreements is ratified and the other is not, the ratified agreement is passed while the other agreement will not. If this is the case, the Board of Directors, in consultation with the Negotiations Committee, will need to reevaluate and assess the merits of reengaging negotiations with the Employer or proceeding to interest arbitration.

It must be noted that arbitration is not an avenue the OPPA recommends. In past arbitration awards, several concessions were incurred. Proceeding to arbitration comes with a significant amount of risk for further provisions in the Collective Agreements to be impacted. The OPPA does not want to find themselves in this position after achieving significant wins in bargaining including: across the board increases for all members, special adjustments for specific civilian positions, Frontline Patrol Premium and PCC premium, and increases in duration incentives. These, and many more gains could potentially be lost in arbitration.

These Agreements perfectly position the OPPA to leverage other police association agreements once negotiations begin again in 2026.

The OPPA Board of Directors fully endorse both Collective Agreements and encourage all members to vote YES.

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of FREDERICK (JOHN) HARRIS, Badge #2556, who passed away on June 30, 2024. John served at Downsview, Toronto and Whitby Detachments before retiring as Senior Constable from the Tillsonburg Detachment on February 28, 1994.

John is survived by his wife Kathleen and children Scott and Shelley.

Celebration of Life:
Sunday, July 21, 2024 from 1300 hrs to 1600 hrs
The Carriage Hall
25 Brock Street West
Tillsonburg ON N4G 2A3

Family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations to:
Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners – Oxford
575 Peel Street
Woodstock ON N4S 1K6

Letters or cards of condolence may be forwarded to:
Mrs. Kathleen Harris and Family
37 Seres Drive
Tillsonburg ON N4G 5E9