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Newsletter: December Issue 2014

Newsletter: December Issue 2014

The lastest issue of CUPE Connections is here.

Read important articles from your President, VPs and Committee Chairs.

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OSBCC Bargaining Update #7

OSBCC Bargaining Update #7
We met with the management team on December 3rd and 4th
The “terms of reference” discussions (establishing ground rules for
bargaining) are over now – we have signed off on those. We were
not able to secure government funding for the CUPE table as part
of these discussions, but have tabled the issue for further
exploration in the context of bargaining. In BC, the provincial
government did commit a substantial sum to cover the CUPE
team’s bargaining costs, and we hope to achieve a similar solution

OSBCC Bargaining Update No. 6 2014

"We have another bargaining date scheduled with the management team, for November 18th. We have not yet completed the discussion on the terms of reference for bargaining, but we are close. We will go straight into talks about what is bargained centrally vs locally as soon as we are done with the terms of reference. We are also placing a priority on scheduling more dates, in groups of consecutive days."

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CUPE Connections October 2014 Issue

The lastest issue of CUPE Connections is here.

To read articles from your President, VPs and Committee Chairs. 

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Information Update

Information Update: 

     In an effort to expedite the Short Term Leave and Disability Plan Payment Program, members who utilized their 11 personal sick days which are payable at 100 % will be eligible to apply for further additional personal sick days at 90 %.

     Members will receive a letter post using your 11 personal sick days from the Benefits Department and the application form will be attached for members to fill out. Sections A and B on the form will ease the process for members applying for intermittent absences.

     Members who have rolled over top up days in this calendar year will automatically receive 100 % if their absences are approved at 90 %. Additional application forms will be available for members on the Board’s Intranet site under Human Resources-Benefits.

     This application form will also be available on the ESS (Employee Self Serve) in the near future. Ongoing or chronic illnesses will continue to be managed through the Benefits department via the third party adjudicator, Manulife.

     Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the union office for assistance at 416 512-9493.


Fred Hahn Video

A Message from CUPE Ontario 

Fred Hahn - Go Vote! Municipal and School Board Elections

Video Link

Website Link


September SBESS Sectional Meeting

SBESS Sectional Meeting

Catholic Teachers Centre
on 3rd Floor at CEC
80 Sheppard Ave east,
North York, ON M2N 6E8
Tuesday September 16th 2014 at 6:00 PM


1. Regular Business
2. re-do of Election of 8 Stewards (for only those who ran at the last Sectional meeting in June of 2014)
3. SBESS Negotiations Proposals & Adoption
4. Any other business
5. Angel foundation 50/50 draw



OCT Sectional Meeting Notice

Date and Time

Wednesday June 11th 2014 at 6:00 PM

St Timothy Elementary School (Library)

25 Rochelle Cres

Toronto, ON


Regular Business

Steward Elections

Any other business

Angel Foundation 50/50 Draw


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  • Save Our Health Care town hall in Corner Brook

    Health care town hall meeting in Corner Brook

    Protect, Strengthen and Expand Health Care: Why we need a new Health Accord

    When: Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Where: The Greenwood Inn, 48 West St, Corner Brook, NL


    Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees

    Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians

    Jade Kearley, Interagency Coordinator, Community Mental Health Initiative

  • Save Our Health Care town hall in St. John's

    Health care town hall meeting in St. John’s

    Protect, Strengthen and Expand Health Care: Why we need a new Health Accord

    When: Monday, December 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Where: The Hall at St. Teresa’s, 120 Mundy Pond Road, St. John’s, NL


    Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees

    Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians

    Kathleen Connors, former chair, Canadian Health Coalition

  • CUPE marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Dear Sisters and Brothers:

    The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20 around the world in memory of the transgender and transsexual persons who have been murdered out of fear or hatred. People who do not live their lives according to social expectations of their birth-assigned sex continue to be targets of shocking brutality. Trans people are also particularly vulnerable to harassment and exclusion on a daily basis, on and off the job.

    Trans rights are human rights. Ending all forms of discrimination and violence is an important struggle, and as Canadian playwright Tomson Highway reminded us at our national convention, unions protect human dignity. CUPE has a proud history of standing up for trans rights and supporting transgender trailblazers in our workplaces and communities.

    Audrey Gauthier, one of three trans representatives on the National Pink Triangle Committee, made history last November when she was elected president of CUPE 4041, representing Air Transat flight attendants based in Montréal. She became the first openly trans person elected president of a local in Canada.

    City of Regina facilities maintenance worker Deidra Roberts helps raise public awareness by speaking out about her experience as a trans woman. In a recent interview with she spoke frankly about the challenges of transitioning from male to female while still on the job. Sister Roberts is an active member of the union executive of CUPE 21.

    There is still much work to be done so that transgender people can enjoy rights most of us take for granted.

    In recent years efforts have been made to provide explicit legal protection for trans people by adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in human rights laws. Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Ontario included both of these grounds, while Manitoba added “gender identity”. Bill C-279 would add protection for “gender identity” to the Canadian Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code hate crime sentencing provisions but it is currently sitting in the Senate for review.

    Other basic needs are still unmet. Medicare coverage for the treatments and surgery associated with gender reassignment is uneven across Canada. Getting name and gender changes on essential documents like birth certificates and passports is a hurdle for many trans people. Being able to use public washrooms without fear of verbal or physical attack is another everyday concern. Barriers still exist in accessing housing, employment, health and social services.

    What can you and your local do to help ensure that trans people live and work in safety and dignity?

    • Learn more about trans issues and how to be an ally for equality. Invite a trans activist to speak to your local. Ask for UDD courses and equality presentations to be presented in your region. View the CUPE presentation on transphobic harassment and discrimination in employment and health care on the CUPE website, or check out the interview with Deidra Roberts at
    • Bargain language to specify that your no discrimination clause covers gender identity and gender expression, and negotiate paid leave for transitioning members.
    • Lobby for the inclusion of gender identity and gender expression in human rights and hate crime legislation.
    • Support community efforts to extend public funding to gender reassignment surgery and other health care services for trans people.
    • Participate in November 20 observances to memorialize the lives lost and to raise awareness about trans issues.

    And don’t forget to tell us about your actions to promote and defend trans rights. These acts of solidarity keep us strong and inspire others to join the struggle. 

    In solidarity and pride,

    Paul Moist
    National President

    Charles Fleury
    National Secretary-Treasurer

  • Rally: Say no to austerity

    The Liberal government of Philippe Couillard is proceeding to literally dismantle the welfare state in Quebec by imposing the severest austerity measures in our province’s history. After running an election campaign focused on developing Quebec and creating jobs, he is now seeking to cut public services and social programs by more than $5 billion over the next two years.

    We are not going to let this happen. He was not elected for the purpose of overhauling the fundamental mandates of the Quebec state which help to set us apart from the rest of North America as a unique society.

    Say no to austerity! Join us at the public demonstrations taking part simultaneously in Quebec City and Montréal on November 29 at 1:00 p.m.

    Bus service to the demonstration sites will be available from cities across Quebec.

    Visit the Facebook page for this event. 

    Visit the event page on the FTQ website to get additional information, download materials and view video clips.