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Award of Merit & Student Bursary 2015

Award of Merit & Student Bursary 2015

Award of Merit

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.

Click Here for Award of Merit Nomination Form

 

Student Bursary

CUPE Local 1328 will present 4 student bursaries to children of CUPE Local 1328 members currently in their graduating year of high school who have been accepted at a post-secondary institute. And will present 2 student bursaries to “students with special education needs” who are children of CUPE Local 1328 members and who have been accepted for the Fall at an accredited University or Community College of their choice.

Click Here for Student Bursary Nomination Form

 

OSBCC Bargaining Update No. 10

OSB

 

Strike Vote Results – an overwhelming mandate

The last of our strike votes were held on March 31st, and as you may know by now, the results of the central vote tally are a resounding 93 per cent in favour of taking job action if necessary. (This percentage reflects the number of our members who voted yes out of the total votes cast across the province).

Click here to read more

 

Adult ESL and Nursery Instructors Sectional Meeting

Adult ESL and Nursery Instructors Sectional Meeting


Date: Thursday April 28 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Lakeshore LINC
2275 Lakeshore Blvd West, Suite 200

Agenda:

  • Regular Business
  • Vice President’s Report Sylvester Domanski
  • Vice President’s Report Elizabeth Klimkowska
  • Update on Negotiations
  • Update on Budget Deficit
  • Other Business

Angel Foundation 50/50 Draw

 

 

 

Pension Workshop

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

CUPE Local 1328 is pleased to provide the following OMERS Workshop:

The Power of Your Pension Plan - Active Members
Topics covered during the information session are suitable for all OMERS members, and include the following:

*   How your OMERS pension is calculated
*   How the OMERS bridge benefit works
*   How your OMERS pension is protected from inflation
*   How the OMERS Fund is performing
*   How buying or transferring service can increase your future pension and may help you retire sooner
*   How Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) work
*   How OMERS survivor benefit entitlement is determined

Date: Thursday April 23rd-15
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Catholic Education Centre
80 Sheppard Ave East. Quigley Room, main floor. (Capacity 40)

Date: Thursday April 30th-15
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Senator O'Connor College
60 Rowena Drive from 6-8 p.m. Library (Capacity 40)

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your selected date. We have limited space in each session. These sessions are free. RSVP by April 15th. We will organize additional workshops in the Fall of 2015

We have also secured our office for personal half-hour appointments starting at 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
May 2-15: For personal appointments please call our Union Office at 416 512-9493.

Date: Saturday May 2nd-15
Union Office
Location: 209 Sheppard Ave East Suite 1
Located East of Willowdale on the south side of Sheppard above the Daisy Mart.

For further information please contact Lina Naccarato at 416 550-0308 and Joanne Maieron at 416 795-6607

CUPE Local 1328

   

Save Our School Petition

Save Our Schools

The Wynne Liberals are applying enormous pressure to close and sell-off schools in communities across Ontario, while cutting provincial education funding by up to $500 million.

We all know schools provide tremendous public value as community hubs, beyond the traditional use of classrooms. But this provincial government’s calculation of school usage is flawed and inaccurate (https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/flawed-funding-formula-behind-toronto-school-board-woes-study) because it ignores the use of schools for child care and adult education.

The Wynne Liberals are forcing school closures which will make life more difficult for families in Toronto and communities across Ontario. It will reduce access to child care programs and eliminate public green space.

Therefore, we the call on the Wynne Liberals to:

Immediately recognize that schools are important community hubs, amend the utilization formula to include the full community use of schools, and make all reasonable efforts to support and expand the use of schools as community hubs before they are closed and sold.

Sign here: http://www.ontariondp.ca/save_our_schools?recruiter_id=65002

   

OSBCC Bargaining Update No.9

Hello brothers and sisters, 

There's a new issue on OSBBC Bargainging. 

This issue talks about

strike votes,

concessions

and dispute resolution.  

To read more about is please click here.

   

Deficit Recovery Options and Financial Forecast

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Toronto Catholic District School Board has recently provided a report entitled “Deficit Recovery Options and Financial Forecast” to assist in eliminating the Boards existing accumulated deficit. The report provides and lists two financial projections dealing with the structural deficit of 16.9 million with an additional Ministry of Education proposed funding reduction to be estimated at 26.75 million for a total of 48.75 million dollars.

The Board projects in “Appendix A” of the report they will require an expenditure reduction of 48.75 million (with a fiscal year ending on August 31, 2016). In “Appendix B” of the report they will require an expenditure reduction of 58.75 million (with a fiscal year ending on August 31, 2017).

The financial projections described in this report will be used to detail a three year deficit recovery plan which will be developed in consultation with the Ministry of Education staff and a third party education finance expert which are retained by the Ministry.

Senior Management is currently recommending to the Board of Trustees that the deficit be dealt with as per “Appendix A” as this will reduce the recovery deficit sooner. The shortfall includes the estimates of 16.9 million plus a shortfall in funding of 1 to 2 percent from the Ministry in overall funding.

The Ministry has already announced that funding for Special Education will be reduced by 1.5 million annually in the current year and in the next 3 years, for a total decrease in special education funding of 6 million.

In order for the TCDSB to return to a sound financial base they must reduce expenditures by 48.75 million. A motion to provide a detailed expenditure report and funding list was moved by the trustees and this report will be presented on March 3, 2015. Consultation on the process will begin at this stage.

We encourage members to attend this meeting and subsequent meetings regarding the budget. At this time, the employer has reported that they are not anticipating any layoffs.

CUPE Local 1328 continues to seek detailed information from Senior Management regarding the Board’s financial position and any potential impact on our members.

All Unions have expressed their concern and we are committed to holding the Board accountable regarding the current state of the TCDSB’s finances. We are all committed to pursuing the status of the current financial position of the Board and the affect(s) it may have on the working conditions of all of our members.

To view the Deficit Recovery Options and Financial Forecast report please Click Here

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Union office at (416) 512-9493.

In Solidarity,

Lina Naccarato

President

CUPE Local 1328 n416 550-0308

   
  • Own it! project gives Saskatchewan people chance to say YES to public services

    Own it! Saskatchewan belongs to everyone

    Saskatchewan people now have the opportunity to say YES to strengthening public services and Crown corporations, and to send that message to politicians in the lead-up to the next provincial election.

    Own it! Saskatchewan belongs to everyone is a new project that will give citizens a voice in a province-wide discussion about the future of public services and Crowns.

    “Public services help keep our province strong. This project is about making sure we find ways to improve public services now for everyone, and keeping what we’ve built secure for our kids and grandkids,” says Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.

    “Every family and every community in Saskatchewan benefits from public services and Crown corporations. If the Sask. Party government is planning to sell off those services and put those benefits at risk, everyone should know what is at stake, and have a chance to take part in the conversation – and to stop costly privatization schemes,” Hubich adds.

    Own it!  invites Saskatchewan people to learn more about privatization, share their views, sign a petition to stop the sell-off of public services and Crown corporations, and organize in their communities.

    “The risk to public services is real, and it’s time to speak out,” says Hubich, “The Sask. Party government is quietly selling off services and assets it has taken us decades to build. Once those public assets are gone, they’re gone. Money that flowed into our shared revenues will go to profits for out-of-province corporations – with no public accountability,” he says.

    Own it! will help raise awareness of what is at risk if we continue to move toward privatizing public services, adds Tom Graham, president of CUPE Saskatchewan. Privatization is already driving up costs and hurting local economies. Selling off hospital laundry services to Alberta-based K-Bro Linens, for example, will drain $3.7 million out of the Prince Albert regional economy. “This shows that when public services are privatized, communities lose family-supporting jobs and the positive economic spin-offs they create,” he adds.

    Costs skyrocket when public service work is privatized, says Bob Bymoen, SGEU president.  For example, consulting costs have risen by more than 400 per cent in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways over the past five years. And private companies charge hourly rates that are twice or more the amount that a public service worker would be paid for doing the job. “That’s not good news for Saskatchewan families, who foot the bill for the extra costs of contracting out,” he adds.

    Everyone is invited to join the Own it! project to speak out for public services that are affordable, that cover everyone, and that are the best they can be. Information and resources are available at OwnYourSask.ca.

    Own it! organizers in communities across the province will be encouraging people to take action so that the public services and Crowns we rely on and benefit from today will be there tomorrow,” says Hubich.

    For more information, contact:

    Kent Peterson
    Strategic Advisor
    Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
    Twitter: @ActivistKent
    o: (306) 525-0197
    c: (306) 570-1855

  • Government plan to sell Hydro One would run afoul of law, says legal expert

    TORONTO – The Ontario government’s plans to sell all or part of Hydro One to pay for infrastructure is not only short-sighted, it would run afoul of provincial laws, according to a legal opinion released today at Queen’s Park.

    “Hydro One is a valuable public asset – something we all own together, that provides revenue to the government, and that in public hands provides stable, secure power to millions of Ontarians,” said Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

    “Selling it would mean a loss of public control over our electricity network and significant costs for the public. To protect this vital public asset, we hired Steven Shrybman, a partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, to prepare a legal opinion.” Click here to read the legal opinion.

    CUPE Ontario supports investing in badly needed infrastructure, but selling other vital infrastructure would be “selling the farm to feed the cattle,” said Hahn.

    Shrybman, who presented the legal opinion today, was counsel in a very important court battle in 2002, which challenged and successfully ended an attempt to sell Hydro One by former premier Ernie Eves.

    The firm’s legal opinion concludes there are reasonable grounds for challenging the sale of securities, debt or other interests in Hydro One on the grounds that:

    • “The government has no lawful authority to use the proceeds from such a sale to fund transit infrastructure, as it has declared its intention to do. Regardless of whether the sale itself is lawful, if the government fails to pay the net proceeds from any such sale to the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation, it would be in breach of the explicit requirements of the Electricity Act;
    • “The government’s professed reasons for authorizing a privatization of Hydro One (in particular, in order to fund transit infrastructure) are entirely extraneous purposes not authorized by the purposes of the Electricity Act;
    • “The exercise of a statutory discretion to privatize Hydro One could be challenged on administrative law grounds of unreasonableness or irrationality.”

    “As well, there is a very serious concern with respect to the impact of privatizing Hydro One, in light of Canada’s obligations to foreign investors and service providers under international trade law,” Shrybman said. “These may limit the government’s future policy and regulatory options in respect of the electricity transmission and distribution sectors.”

    CUPE Ontario is calling on the Liberal government to immediately halt their plans to sell all or part of Hydro One and to not release a provincial budget using that sale as a cornerstone.

    “We call on the Liberals to put the brakes on their sale,” said Hahn. “We hope the Wynne government will see the danger of selling our hydro transmission and distribution systems and will agree with us that it would be a mistake. We are prepared to challenge a sale in court if necessary.”

    CUPE is Ontario’s community union, with members providing quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.

    For further information, please contact:

    Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications
     416-576-7316

  • CUPE says yes to action on climate

    Marche Action Climat à Québec 11 avril 2015

    Act on Climate March in Quebec City 

    Assembled under the banner “Yes to climate action: No to tar sands”, thousands of marchers came out Saturday, April 11 to send a clear message to Premier Couillard and his colleagues from the rest of Canada, three days before the start of the climate summit in Quebec City.

    “We have come to Quebec City to tell the premiers of all the provinces that there can be no compromise on this crucial issue. The fight against climate change means refusing to exploit and transport oil from the tar sands and moving towards energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Christian Simard, director of Nature Québec.

    Initiated by the grass-roots environmental movement, the Act on Climate March included representatives from First Nations, trade unions and environmental organizations, social movements, and student associations, citizens’ groups and individuals across Canada, from as far as Fredericton, Halifax and Toronto.

    “We are meeting in Quebec City today with serious concerns about the development of oil from the tar sands and its impact on the climate, the integrity of our land, its ecosystems and its inhabitants,” said Karel Mayrand, Quebec director of the David Suzuki Foundation. “Today we are saying YES to renewable energy and NO to oil, once and for all. It’s a matter of protecting the climate and a healthy future for all of Quebec.”

    The thousands gathered today have shown that citizens of every province are ready to mobilize and demand that policy makers take concrete, far-reaching measures to combat climate change.

    “The premiers must stand up to the Harper government and get on the right side of history by rejecting dirty energy projects. They need to develop credible plans to combat climate change, which absolutely entails the rejection of tar sands oil and related pipeline projects,” said Steven Guilbeault, co-founder and director of Équiterre.

    “This is the decisive moment to show our opposition to projects that will have serious consequences for our future and that of future generations. We need to rid ourselves of the illusion that we have no choice,” said Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon.

    “The Act on Climate March is a new effort to challenge our leaders and encourage them to shake off the pressure of the tar sands industry, Canada’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “We are asking them to firmly oppose their exploitation and the transport of petroleum by pipelines like Energy East, or by train”, added Tzeporah Berman, co-founder of ForestEthics.

    The United Nations has stated that Canada must act by 2020. “If Canada wants to achieve its GHG reduction objectives by 2020, it must address the main source of the problem: the Alberta tar sands,” said Joanna Kerr, executive director of Greenpeace Canada. “The expansion of the tar sands prevents any serious action in the fight against climate change in Canada. The science is clear: 85% of oil reserves in the tar sands must remain in the ground if we want to stabilize the climate.”

    “Civil society has never been so ready to provide the necessary impetus to make climate protection a real social project. While some players in our society are already in solution mode, our political leaders, on the contrary, are missing the boat on History. But faced with the challenges that climate change represents for humanity, we need, more than ever, leaders who show courage and innovation,” said Anne-Céline Guyon, citizen, inter-regional coordinator of Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec and spokesperson for STOP the pipeline and the Coule pas chez nous campaign.

    While Ottawa has been slow to announce its GHG reduction targets, Quebec is committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 20% by 2020, more difficult to achieve if there is no national plan to fight climate change.

    The highlight of this convivial, family-friendly assembly was the formation of an enormous human thermometer, visible from the sky, created by participants to demonstrate symbolically the urgency of taking action on climate change. The Act on Climate March became festive later in the evening, with the Climate Show, featuring francophone, anglophone and First Nations musicians, including Les Respectables, Élisapie Isaac, Yann Perreau and Sarah Harmer.

    On Sunday, there was an Act on Climate Forum: in view of the fall 2015 elections and the Paris conference on climate change in December, the Forum aimed to strengthen collaboration, promote mutual understanding among organizations and find ways to work together more effectively.

    “With the meeting of the premiers on April 14, a meeting of civil society is necessary so that we can push for ambitious provincial and federal policies that seriously tackle climate change. The aim is to bring our groups together on issues such as job creation and the transition to cleaner energies,” explained Serge Cadieux, secretary general of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).

    “We need to leave the oil in the ground,” concluded actress Tantoo Cardinal, a member of the Order of Canada. “It is time for our Prime Minister and the premiers of the provinces to move beyond fear, greed and complacency and take this opportunity to set Canada on a different path. Our grandchildren will thank us for it.”

    The Act on Climate March is the fruit of a pan-Canadian coalition, initiated by Quebec’s environmental movement: l’Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), Équiterre, the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace, Nature Québec, and the Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec, in collaboration with trade unions, social movements, student associations, citizens’ groups and First Nations.

    Photo: Greenpeace/Robert van Waarden

  • Changes to federal labour code now in effect

    Troy Winters and Julie Jobin | CUPE Health & Safety

    Health and safety-related changes to the Canada Labour Code came into effect on October 31, 2014. These changes only apply to workers that are regulated by the Canada Labour Code (rather than provincial health and safety legislation) which includes CUPE members who work in communications, ports, airlines, rail and other cross-provincial border transportation.

    There are three significant changes that affect CUPE members:

    1) THE DEFINITION OF DANGER

    As we previously reported, the Code now requires that a hazard be “an imminent or serious threat” to be considered dangerous. CUPE adamantly disagrees with the new definition, as it implies that long-term exposures to hazardous substances, like asbestos for instance, may not be considered dan-gerous (See Canary Winter 2014 for a more in-depth explanation). Regardless of the definition, if you are asked to do work you legitimately believe will pose a significant risk to your health and safety now, or your health in the future, you still have the right to refuse dangerous work, and should do so.

    2) THE INVESTIGATION PROCESS FOR WORK REFUSAL

    The process for investigating a work refusal has also changed, with new mandatory requirements for committee involvement in the investigation and written reporting requirements that previously did not exist. A summary of the new procedure, with a complete expla­nation from the federal government can be found at cupe.ca (search “right to refuse”).

    3) WORK REFUSALS BEING RULED AS TRIVIAL, FRIVOLOUS OR VEXATIOUS, OR MADE IN BAD FAITH

    The Code now provides both the employer and the Minister of Labour or the minister’s delegate an option to rule an investigation of a work refusal trivial, frivolous or vexatious, or made in bad faith. CUPE strongly opposes the new language. We believe it is designed to make workers fearful of refusing work.

    The federal labour program has also released new documents clarifying the committee’s right to participate in a refusal investigation. The new Interpretations, Policies and Guidelines (IPGs) reiterates that the term “shall participate” requires the Health and Safety Committee to be actively involved from the beginning to the completion of each of the activities identified in the Code. This language should be interpreted to mean that participation by committee members is (and has always been) a mandatory requirement.

    CUPE continues to oppose any legislation that reduces the basic health and safety of our members at work. The Conservative government has a legacy of policies that hurt Canadian families. But the good news is we’re just one election away from seeing the change we want. The NDP has been built in partnership with the Canadian labour movement and CUPE to be a voice for workers. Together, we are committed to building a better Canada, with stronger laws to make sure all workers are healthy and safe on the job. If you believe it’s time to stand up for Canadian workers, vote for the change you want. Support the NDP.