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OCT Sectional Meeting

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
There will be an OCT Sectional meeting on Tuesday June 14th,
2016.Refreshments will be served.

Date:Tuesday  June 14th, 2016
Location: Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School - Library
1107 Avenue Road
Time: 6 p.m.

Agenda:
Welcome
Roll Call of Officers
Equality Statement
Regular Business
Elections:
8 stewards will be elected to the Office, Clerical and Technical Collective Agreement.
To be eligible for office, a member shall have attended at least three (3) of the General or Sectional meetings held in the previous twelve (12) months. (As per the Bylaws)


Any Other Business
Adjournment


Reminder:
The Union will offset and reimburse any babysitting expenses for up to $20.00 so that you can attend a Union meeting. Simply keep your receipt from the caregiver and submit it to the Union as per our local Bylaws.

 

SSSS Sectional Meeting

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
There will be an SSSS Sectional Meeting on Monday June 13th, 2016.
Refreshments will be served.

Date: Monday June 13th, 2016
Location: Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School - Library
Address: 2 St. Andrews Blvd
Time: 4 p.m.


Agenda:
Welcome
Roll Call of Officers
Equality Statement
Regular Business
Elections:
*2 stewards will be elected to the Secondary School Supervisors of Students Collective Agreement.
To be eligible for office, a member shall have attended at least three (3) of the General or Sectional meetings held in the previous twelve (12) months. (As per the Bylaws)

Any Other Business
Adjournment


Reminder:
The Union will offset and reimburse any babysitting expenses for up to $20.00 so that you can attend a Union meeting. Simply keep your receipt from the caregiver and submit it to the Union as per our local Bylaws.

 

SBESS Sectional Meeting

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
There will be an SBESS Sectional Meeting on Monday June 13th, 2016.
Refreshments will be served.

Date: Monday June 13th, 2016
Location: Catholic Education Centre (CEC) – Quigley Hall
80 Sheppard Ave East
Time: 6 p.m.

Agenda:
Welcome
Roll Call of Officers
Equality Statement
Regular Business
Elections:
*8 stewards will be elected to the School Based Educational Support Staff Collective Agreement
To be eligible for office, a member shall have attended at least three (3) of the General or Sectional meetings held in the previous twelve (12) months. (As per the Bylaws)


Any Other Business
Adjournment

Reminder:
The Union will offset and reimburse any babysitting expenses for up to $20.00 so that you can attend a Union meeting. Simply keep your receipt from the caregiver and submit it to the Union as per our local Bylaws

 

Adult ESL and Nursery INS Sectional Meeting

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
There will be an Adult ESL and Nursery Instructors meeting on Thursday June 9th, 2016.
Refreshments will be served.
Date: Thursday June 9th, 2016
Location: Mary Ward LINC
44 Kelvinway Drive
Time: 4 p.m.

Agenda:
Welcome
Roll Call of Officers
Equality Statement
Regular Business
Elections:
*4 Stewards will be elected to the Adult English as Second Language Adult Citizenship and Adult Literacy Instructors as per the Collective Agreement
*1 Steward will be elected to the Adult English as a Second Language Nursery Instructors.

To be eligible for office, a member shall have attended at least three (3) of the General or Sectional meetings held in the previous twelve (12) months. (As per the Bylaws)

Any Other Business
Adjournment
Reminder:
The Union will offset and reimburse any babysitting expenses for up to $20.00 so that you can attend a Union meeting. Simply keep your receipt from the caregiver and submit it to the Union as per our local Bylaws.
   

CUPE COMMUNIQUE

CUPE COMMUNIQUE

April 20, 2016 20:08 ET

CUPE heralds major court victory in Bill 115 charter challenge

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 20, 2016) - CUPE's 55, 000 education workers are lauding a significant Ontario Superior Court victory, after several unions challenged the constitutionality of Bill 115. The court challenge was filed in 2013 after Bill 115 stripped workers in the education sector of their rights to bargain collectively. The challenge was postponed in 2014 at the request of the province, and resumed in December, 2015.

"CUPE's position has always been that Bill 115 violated our basic Charter rights," said Terri Preston, chair of the union's education sector coordinating committee. "We saw it as a threat to all Canadian workers, and we couldn't let it pass unchallenged. The court validated our position that this Bill was a gross overreach that trampled basic freedom-of-association rights."

"After this lawsuit was initially filed, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour case that workers have a constitutional right to strike," said Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. "CUPE was a lead union on that SCC case, and victory there gave us great confidence in our case here. We are thrilled the Superior Court has agreed that the government's approach to collective bargaining was 'fundamentally flawed'."

Significantly, in his ruling Justice Lederer wrote that the impact of this flawed piece of legislation was "not just on the economic circumstances of education workers but on their associational rights and the dignity, autonomy and equality that comes with the exercise of that fundamental freedom."

"This couldn't send a clearer message to governments that they ought not interfere in free collective bargaining," said Preston. "It's a terrific ruling for education workers in Ontario and in building on the existing case law, for all Canadian workers."

Justice Lederer made no ruling on remedy, obliging the parties to meet to try and reach agreement. If agreement is not reached on remedy, the matter will be referred back to him. "We will meet with the other unions with whom we engaged in this court challenge to discuss what we want to see by way of remedy," said Hahn. "We will continue to work together to preserve basic collective bargaining rights. We call on the Liberal government to accept this ruling and put any thought of a costly appeal out of their minds. Now they must spend time, energy and resources on remedy, and on strengthening the public education system in Ontario."

The parties to the challenge, alongside CUPE, were the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), and the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU). UNIFOR also had intervenor status.

CUPE represents 55, 000 education workers in Ontario, including custodians, administrative and clerical staff, educational assistants, instructors, tradespeople, early childhood educators, and many more, across all four school board systems (English and French, Catholic and public).

Contact Information

Andrea Addario

CUPE Communications (416) 738-4329

Craig Saunders

CUPE Communications (416) 576-7316

   

Voluntary Scheduled Unpaid Leave Days

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The employer has sent notice to our union regarding the Scheduled Unpaid Leave Plan (SULP) Application which is now located in your Employee Self Service. (ESS) Please note that this is voluntary and that the union discourages the use of any unpaid days that the employer is providing. Members who normally work on Professional Development Days   should attend all Professional Development Days in the work year. You are not required to take any days as per the Schedule Unpaid Leave Plan that the employer has provided.

As per the Central Agreement;
Voluntary Scheduled Unpaid Leave Days: (Offset)
 The employer will designate 2 PD days in each of the 2015-2016 school year and
the 2016-2017 years for Employees who wish to take the day off without pay.
The offset measure was established to look at savings within the collective agreement to support the pay increases. Please review the document carefully as Scheduled Unpaid Leave Days are subject to pension contributions. Should you have any questions, please contact the union office at 416 512-9493.
In Solidarity,
Lina Naccarato
President
CUPE Local 1328
   

Retirement Gratuity Voluntary Early Payout Option Statement & Application Process

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Please review the information below regarding the Retirement Gratuity Voluntary Early Payout Option Statement & Application Process . It is now available to eligible members  through the ESS (Employee Self Service). Employees will have the opportunity to apply for an early payout of their retirement gratuity as per the Memoranda of Settlements of Central Terms. Details of the early payout option, including the application deadline, are contained in the links below.
Should you have any questions, please contact the union office at 416 512-9493

In Solidarity,
Lina Naccarato
President
   

Award of Merit Nomination Form

AWARD OF MERIT – Nomination Form

In an attempt to recognize and salute the outstanding contribution to the TCDSB from a Local 1328 member, we invite you to nominate one of your co-workers/colleagues for our Annual Awards Event. 

  • Nomination letters should be 200 words or less and should include the reasons your nominee is worthy of recognition by his/her peers.

An independent panel will select: 

  • Two (2) members from Office, Clerical and Technical
  • Two (2) members from School Based Education Support Staff
  • One (1) member from  ESL Instructor
  • One (1) member from ESL Nursery
  • One (1) member from Secondary School Student Supervisors.

The selectees and their staff (limited) will be invited to a special evening on June 2nd 2016 at Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue.

In order to be considered for this award, a completed nomination package must be forwarded by May 13th 2016, VIA COURIER to:

Lina Naccarato, President
CUPE Local 1328
CEC

CLICK HERE FOR AWARD OF MERIT NOMINATION FORM

   

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  • Notice to municipal workers (CUPE 1505) from Fort McMurray

    On Monday May 23, 2016, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo sent out an intent to return to work form to be filled out by all employees with a mandatory form return date of May 27.

    The contents of this form have in no way been endorsed by CUPE nor does CUPE condone the form’s intent.  CUPE Local 1505 has been asking numerous questions about this form, but the Employer is being very selective and evasive in answering these questions.

    At this time CUPE is advising all members to refer to the re-entry guidelines put out by the Province and the RMWB specifically page 2  outlining those who should not be returning to the area prior to the hospital being re-opened.  If you suffer from any physical or mental health issues that prevent you from returning to Fort McMurray or are currently undergoing treatment we encourage you to obtain a medical certificate from a physician.

    Below is a link to a form, developed by CUPE, that you can fill out if you are unable to return to work immediately for any reason and requesting a meeting with Union representation to discuss options with the Employer.

    If you have any further questions or concerns please email president@cupe1505.ca.

    Click here for the form

  • CUPE successful in organizing early intervention employees across Nova Scotia

    Young child stacks colourful bricksHALIFAXCUPE Nova Scotia is welcoming employees who work in early intervention services across the province into the union. CUPE Early Childhood Education Co-ordinator Naomi Stewart says, “We are very pleased to hear from the Labour Board today that our efforts to organize about 80 employees who work in the new provincial board have been a success.” These employees will join the existing CUPE Local which had been in place at the Progress Centre in Halifax, CUPE 5054.

    Early intervention programs in Nova Scotia deliver services for young children who are diagnosed with, or are at risk of, developmental delay. As a result of the province’s recent review, a new board was created - Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services. Says Stewart, “We are very pleased that these employees have chosen to join CUPE, and we look forward to working on their behalf to develop a sound working relationship with their employer and their funder, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

    CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen says, “We are certainly encouraged that Minister Karen Casey provided funding in October 2015 to help address low wages for early interventionists. “This is welcome news for these highly-qualified and hard-working employees. Clearly, they felt they needed a union to help them pursue more equitable wages and working conditions,” says McFadgen.

  • CUPE 905 celebrates Paramedic Services Week 2016 with new video about their members’ work

    Greg Watkinson was always interested in the health sciences, but it wasn’t until he was involved in a motorcycle accident that he saw what paramedics do on a day-to-day basis. Watkinson, a CUPE 905 member, is a Primary Care Paramedic in York Region just north of Toronto.

    “Being present on the worst day in somebody’s life, and being able to provide that sense of calm,” is Watkinson’s favorite part of the job. “To use my knowledge in order to help them and just make them feel a little bit better on that terrible day.”

    To mark Paramedic Services Week 2016, CUPE 905, which represents more than 550 paramedic services employees, has put together a video that showcases York Region paramedics talking about what they love best about their jobs.

  • Not too late for Pembroke hospital to get out of risky deal with contractor

    PEMBROKE, Ont. Hidden costs, increasing compensation, legal disputes are “the norm when contracted services go awry,” said Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) President Michael Hurley at a Pembroke media conference today that outlined the risky business of outsourcing.

    The Pembroke Regional Hospital has contracted-out the sterilization of surgical equipment to a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) company. A spokesperson for company (SteriPro) recently divulged to Pembroke media that a contract between SteriPro and Trillium Health Partners was terminated early ― six years before the end of the deal ― and that the company got compensated a significant amount of money by Trillium.

    Regardless of who terminated the contract – SteriPro or Trillium – the documented facts are “that the contract terms and conditions were in dispute and that the company got paid a lot of money to end the deal. The problem is that the Pembroke hospital will be extremely challenged to police this type of contract. When there are contested or disputed issues, it does not have the resources, administration and legal staff needed,” said Hurley.

    Because the contract is kept secret, only the Pembroke hospital and SteriPro will have all the details about how public money is being used, how the deal is structured and what could be in dispute.

    “Our community may never know the full details of the deal with this company, particularly if something goes wrong. What we do know is the hospital has taken jobs out of Pembroke. There are many people in the community not happy about that,” said Simone Burger, president of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1502 representing front line staff at the Pembroke Regional Hospital.

    A recent poll of the Pembroke community found virtually no support for contracting-out surgical equipment sterilization by the Pembroke hospital. 95 per cent said they think that the hospital has an obligation to keep work in Pembroke whenever possible.

    “Quality issues dogged the Trillium contract, we believe. Now we also know that escaping from a bad deal also cost the hospital significantly. This is a quality problem the Pembroke Hospital doesn’t have now and should at all costs avoid
    and a financial problem that it also cannot afford,” said Hurley.

    Another important factor in the contract is the transport of surgical equipment down the highway from the western GTA to Pembroke. “To suggest that this is okay, flies in the face of any environmental impacts and considerations,” said Hurley.

    For further information:

    Michael Hurley
    President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
     416-884-0770

    Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
     416-559-9300