No time for overtime

Table Talk
RPTs and FXTs under attack:
No time for overtime
In a typical move by an employer who also happens
to be the Ontario Government, if you don’t like the
rules…change them.
The employer has proposed new over me language
that significantly impact Regular Part Time (RPT) and
Fixed Term (FXT) employees. They want to amend
the ar cles rela ng to over me for both RPT and FXT
employees, which would circumvent OPSEU’s recent
success at the Grievance Se lement Board.
Specifically, the employer wants to delete all
references to earning over me unless the employee
exceeds their normal weekly hours of work, either 36
1/4 or 40 hours, as applicable.
Under the employer’s proposal, RPTs on a twentyfour-hour work schedule would only be en tled to
over me a er exceeding thirty-six and one-quarter
(36 ¼) or forty (40) hours per week.
That means employees would work for straight- me
pay on their scheduled days off instead of earning
over me as is the current prac ce. You would ONLY
earn over me a er exceeding the normal weekly
number of hours.
Under the employer’s proposal, any hours a FXT
employee works beyond the scheduled shi (7 ¼, 8,
10 or 12 hour shi s) would not count as overƟme.
Those hours worked in excess of your shi would
count towards your weekly total. Employees would
only be en tled to over me a er exceeding thirty-six
and one-quarter (36 ¼) or forty (40) hours per week.
What this means: The employer wants to adjust
your schedules and force long work days without
paying the over me premiums. You will work longer,
and on your days off, without being compensated for
it as full- me workers would.
If you are a RPT or FXT employee, this new language
allows for just more ways the employer can abuse
your working hours…and your me off. The employer
relies heavily on part- me workers. Instead of
recognizing that fact, they are coming up with new
ways to make your life even harder.
Let the employer know you will not accept
this concession. Please con nue to support your
Bargaining Teams.
Authorized by:
Roxanne Barnes, Chair, Central/Unified Team
Tom O’Neill, Chair, CorrecƟons Team
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President