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Robo Call #1

Greetings sister or brother,

This is Lina Naccarato, President of CUPE Local 1328 located at 209 Sheppard Avenue E in Toronto. Our Union Office number is 416 512-9493

This message is for the CUPE Local 1328 member in your household.

At this time, the OSBCC (Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee) has requested all CUPE Locals ensure that we are able to effectively connect with our members throughout the summer.

Going forward, I will be communicating with all members via these robocalls to provide any bargaining updates and information.

You may have already received an email requesting your updated personal email address and information on file with us.  If you have not already done so please provide your information via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

CUPE Local 1328 will be in a state of readiness regarding any possible job action and given this, the following 3 committees have been established:

  • Strike Committee
  • Picket Committee
  • Finance/Member Assistance Committee

On Friday, June 5th, you received an email from the Picket Committee requesting your support.

Picket Captains are representatives of the Union on the picket line and have many essential roles to play before, during and after a strike.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Picket Captain, please email

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP and include your first and last name, personal email address and cell phone #.

Please also note:

Picket Captains will receive training on how to successfully run and maintain a picket line this month and will work directly with the Picket Committee.

In Closing, I will continue to bring you up to date information pertaining to bargaining via these robocalls as needed throughout the summer.

To repeat this entire message, please press 8 and to remove yourself from this calling list, please press 9. If you missed any part of this call, it will also be posted on our website at www.cupelocal1328.ca 

Thank you fellow member and have a good evening.

   

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  • Stand up for human and labour rights in the Philippines

    CUPE is concerned about escalating attacks on public sector union activists, organizers and staff working with the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) in the Philippines.

    Beginning April 21, and as recently as June 28, 2015, members and leaders of COURAGE received letters accusing them of being members and leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). The CPP is considered an illegal organization by the Philippine government, and the NPA is considered a foreign terrorist organization by the United States. Other union activists have received visits at work and home from individuals identifying themselves as military personnel, who are operating with the clear intent to harass and intimidate. 

    One of the leaders recently targeted is Rosalinda Nartates, who visited Canada at CUPE’s invitation in March 2015. While here, she met with hundreds of CUPE members as well as representatives from other groups to discuss the human rights situation in the Philippines, including the situation of the COURAGE II, political prisoners Randy Vegas and Raul Camposano. During her visit, CUPE discussed the importance of the campaign to free all political prisoners in the Philippines, and the need to bring to justice those who are responsible for recent human rights abuses and violations.

    CUPE supports the work of COURAGE and representatives of our union have travelled to the Philippines on several occasions to meet with workers and organizers, to learn about their situation and support their pursuit of justice and trade union rights.

    In a recent letter to the Philippine president, CUPE’s national officers were clear that the harassment and intimidation is aimed at undermining public sector workers asserting their basic human and trade union rights by campaigning for a national minimum wage, and against contracting out and privatization. 

    Take action now . Add your voice and join CUPE in sending a letter to Philippine President H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III, letting him know that Canadians are concerned about the state of human and labour rights in the Philippines and calling for an immediate end to the harassment and surveillance of COURAGE leaders and members. 

    Read CUPE’s letter to President Aquino. 

  • Ban asbestos: Health Canada reversal makes Harper government’s position untenable

    Asbestos

    With Health Canada’s recent reversal of its position on the health risks of asbestos, it’s time for the Harper government to scrap recent changes that encourage imports and exports of this dangerous substance.

    In mid-2014, the Harper government’s omnibus budget Bill C-31 added language to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA).  Rather than banning asbestos, the additions to the HPA explicitly laid out how asbestos can be sold in or imported to Canada if certain minimal requirements were met. Many products containing asbestos, like car brake linings and pads, are still regularly imported into Canada, with imports of asbestos products to Canada actually on the rise.

    Meanwhile, Health Canada has removed references that downplayed the risk of exposure to asbestos, making their new apparent stance on asbestos much stronger, and more closely aligned with World Health Organization standards. The new language removes suggestions that chrysotile asbestos (the type of asbestos the government previously defended as safer) was “less potent”, and that “significant quantities” need to be inhaled to be dangerous. These changes put the Harper government’s continued public support for the substance in a particularly poor light. 

    Legacy of harm caused by #asbestos is significant—the largest cause of workplace death in Canada http://t.co/RHMbdPws8c #cdnpoli #ohs

    CUPE National (@cupenat) July 3, 2015

    Though Health Canada’s change in position is welcome, these changes alone are not a solution to protect workers. The real issue lies in both federal and provincial regulations, which are often weak or go unenforced, leaving workers at risk. Without stronger regulations and better enforcement, asbestos will continue to be a problem for workers.

    Asbestos continues to make CUPE members sick. Members working in maintenance (general, electrical, plumbing, HVAC etc.) are at higher risk.  Even after materials are removed, they go to landfills that are poorly setup to deal with large-scale disposal. As a result, workers get exposed when bags get ripped open or resurface after they have been buried.

    CUPE continues to call for an outright ban on the import, export, or use of asbestos within Canada, along with just transition programs for those who continue to live in areas affected by the asbestos mine closures.  Furthermore, CUPE calls on our government to actively support the inclusion of the chrysotile form of asbestos to the hazardous chemical list covered by the UN treaty called the Rotterdam Convention. Inclusion of asbestos in the convention would help protect workers both here in Canada and abroad by making it more difficult to import and export the deadly product.

    The legacy of harm caused by asbestos is significant—it’s the largest cause of workplace death in Canada. The continued use of the product will harm workers for decades. 

    Find out more about asbestos here.

  • Colombia: speak up for human rights defenders

    CeleitaCUPE is concerned for the safety of human rights organizer Berenice Celeita, director of NOMADESC, a Colombia-based human rights organization and CUPE partner.

    Celeita has been under surveillance by unidentified individuals after returning from a visit to Canada and the USA in which she exposed ongoing human rights violations in Colombia.

    CUPE’s national officers have written to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to call for protection for Celeita, her family and other members of NOMADESC. CUPE is also supporting the call for a full and impartial investigation into the incident, and a commitment by the Colombian government to allow human rights defenders to carry out their work without fear.

    Take Action: Send a letter to President Santos to let him know that Canadians are concerned about the safety and security of human rights defenders in Colombia. 

    CUPE supports the work of NOMADESC and the communities and organizations with whom they work. We have travelled to Colombia on several occasions to meet with these individuals and communities in order to better understand the situation and seek ways to support their pursuit of justice.

    Visit our partner organization CoDev for more information on this urgent matter and to send your letter to President Santos.

  • Conservatives force anti-union bill into law

    Bill C-377The Conservatives have run roughshod over the democratic process to force their anti-union, unconstitutional bill through the Senate.

    Seven provinces oppose Bill C-377, saying it violates the constitution by intruding into provincial jurisdiction. Other experts agree the bill is unconstitutional for these and other reasons, and will not survive a challenge in the courts. CUPE will work with the Canadian Labour Congress to challenge this unwarranted bill in the courts.

    With ongoing roadblocks being thrown up by concerned senators, the Conservatives overruled their own speaker and shut down debate on Bill C-377. The bill passed the night before Canada Day, by a vote of 35 to 22.

    Bill C-377 attempts to force unions – and no other similar organizations – to disclose all their financial information to employers and the general public.

    It’s the latest step in Stephen Harper’s push to ram this bill through, in a thinly-veiled vendetta against unions.

    The bill is unnecessary, unfair, imposes expensive and intrusive requirements on businesses and unions, and is untruthful about its real objective: silencing the voices of workers, and limiting the vital role unions play in a democratic society.

    The labour movement is not alone in opposing this fundamentally flawed bill. It has been opposed by everyone from the NHL Players Association to Conservative and Liberal senators, constitutional experts, Canada’s privacy commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association, the insurance and mutual fund industry, seven provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), and a long and diverse list of others in the business, financial, professional, legal, labour, and academic communities, private and public, federal and provincial.

    Senator James Cowan and other opposition senators stood up to Conservative attempts to rig the rules and end debate on C-377, helping expose just how low the Conservatives will go to pass this bill before an election.

    Our best opportunity to overturn this legislation, and prevent more anti-worker legislation, is in the coming federal election. C-377 is one more reason to defeat Stephen Harper and the Conservatives and elect an NDP government that will fight for working Canadians.