Office Operations

The CUPE 503 Office continues to operate with staff working seamlessly from home serving CUPE 503 Members. Members can contact staff by calling 613-230-2456 and can use the directory to direct dial. For general e-mail inquiries the email is also available and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate person for action. As the Province is starting to “re-open” with COVID-19 public health restrictions easing, we have developed an Office Re-opening plans that aligns with the three stages. We will continue to update the membership as things shift in our Monthly Updates. Please also note that our staff have moved to Summer Hours with the virtual office closing as of 4:00pm for June, July and August.

Bargaining Updates

City of Ottawa Inside/Outside Collective Agreement:

The arbitration was June 1st 2021 for both parties to present the outstanding items in their packages. Both Parties (the Union and the Employer) submitted their Reply Briefs on June 27th and the Arbitrator informed the Parties the Panel will be meeting mid-July to review the submissions and an award will be anticipated usually within 2 months.

Ottawa Public Library Collective Agreement: 

Bargaining dates continue August 31, September 1, 3, 8 and 10th 2021.

City of Ottawa Part-time Recreation & Culture: 

The Bargaining Team has finalized the survey and it will be sent to the members who we have contact information for. Dates have been scheduled to commence the bargaining process mid-September 2021.

Forest Hill Long Term Care: 

After several bargaining dates the parties moved to Conciliation on June 29th and were not able to reach a tentative agreement so the outstanding items have been referred to Arbitration. 

Embassy West Retirement Living: 

A Tentative Collective Agreement has been reached between the parties and a mail-out will be completed to all Embassy West members in the nest 2 weeks for a Ratification Vote. Members will also be invited to attend an online information session to ask questions about the tentative agreement.

Sandfield Place Long Term Care: 

Conciliation was May 17th and the parties reached an impasse. At this time the Employer is being very limiting on Arbitrator Selection and without movement on the part of the Employer this arbitration may not take place until April 2022 due to available dates with the Arbitrator.

Champlain Ontario Health (formally Champlain LHINS):

The Local has served notice to bargaining and the employer has responded dates will not be available until Fall 2021. CUPE National continues discussions with Ontario Health about the scope of the Central Table.

2021 CUPE 503 Golf Tournament – Cancelled

The Annual Golf Tournament in August has been cancelled due to COVID-19 Public Health Restrictions limiting a shot gun start as well as indoor dining of the usual 160 members who participate. We have secured Thursday, August 18th for the 2022 Tournament at Manderley on the Green.

Important Dates for Fall 2021

As we enter month 17 of living and working in a pandemic and public health restrictions easing we hope to be able to safely hold in-person General Membership Meetings in the Fall of this year. The 503 Executive is looking at how we can safely hold these meetings taking all public health precautions and will communicate more details in the coming months. 

General Membership Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 19th at 7pm

Tuesday, November 16th at 7pm

Notices of Meetings will be distributed through our Shop Stewards and the new Membership Ambassadors Network for posting in workplaces as well as on our website at