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Details on how to Attend Local Ratification and Vote Meeting
Your Local Bargaining Unit will be holding a Ratification Meetings and Vote on August 11th, 2021. This meeting is to ratify your new Local Collective Agreement with The Ottawa Hospital.
As this meeting and vote will need to take place via virtual means (Zoom) we want to ensure you are provided an opportunity to vote. You will need a ballot/invite to attend this meeting…… Therefore, please send your personal contact information to Local083office@ona.org
We need this information no later than August 4th, 2021.
This information is being provided to you on behalf of your Local Bargaining Team and Servicer.
Members have come to us with a request for information relating to our new collective agreement prior to the ratification meetings and vote planned for August 11, 2021.
I have reached out to our LRO, Region 2 VP and ONA Central regarding this request and it is not something that can be accommodated for the following reasons:
- It is important that all members have the same advantage of seeing the changes to our bargaining unit collective agreement on the same day, in a fair and equitable manner.
- The fact sheet is confidential and can only be provided to members who are at one of the ratification meetings. It is not to be shared with individuals who are not planning to attend the meeting or be circulated to individuals outside our ONA bargaining unit until the meetings and vote have been conducted and concluded.
- Collective agreement language is not easy to interpret and can be misunderstood. Providing a fact sheet without providing the information and opportunities to ask questions has the potential for misunderstandings and misrepresentation.
How we proceed and the process involved for a ratification vote, including the dissemination of information to ONA members is covered by ONA policy 17.1.
The employer is also expected to follow the same principles and not provide this information to the managers until the ratification vote has been held and they have been made aware of the results.
If you continue to have further concerns regarding this policy and the impact is has on your ability to make an educated decision regarding your renegotiated collective agreement please reach out to ONA Central.
Rachel Muir RN
The Ottawa Hospital Bargaining Unit President