Friday, March 06, 2015
   
Text Size

International Women's Day

International Women's Day:

Sunday March 8th 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

CUPE Local 1328 recognizes International Women's Day. Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

International Womens Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Equality for women is progress for all. Emphasizing how gender equality, empowerment of women, womens full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development.

Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

As a predominantly female local we look forward to celebrating with all our sisters and brothers, our families, friends and communities. We must continue to work towards promoting womens rights in our country and the world. According to the United Nations, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men. Our Local will be attending the CUPE Women's Conference in Toronto in early March and we look forward to sharing and bringing further information to our local.

The International Womens Day logo is in purple and white and features the symbol of Venus, which is also the symbol of being female.  As a sign of Solidarity with the other organizations in the world, please consider wearing the colour purple and white on March 8th, 2015.

In solidarity and strength with everyone in the world,

Lina Naccarato                                                    Timothy Caldito

President                                                              Chair-Equity For All Committee

CUPE Local 1328                                                 CUPE Local 1328

 

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

 

General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting
Date: Tuesday February 24th, 2015
Location: Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School Cafetorium
Address: 1107 Avenue Road
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Refreshments
Agenda:
Prayer
Equality Statement
Regular Business
Guest Speaker: Terri Preston
Update on Negotiations

Trustees' Report 2011

Re-election:
To be conducted again for the Three Year Term Trustee position (open to the three members who ran for the trustee position at the May 22, 2014 GMM)

Election:
One Year Trustee Term  Election

Any Other Business

Don't miss out!
The CUPE Ontario StandUp for Fairness Draw
Take the pledge and fill out your pledge card. We will send your cards to CUPE Ontario for your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini (32GB) and two draws for 2 Toronto Raptor games tickets.

Angel Foundation 50/50 Draw

Please call the union office if you should have any questions.

 

ESL Adult & Nursery ESL INS Special Information Meeting

Date: Friday February 13-15

Time: Immediately following the PD Day at 2:30 p.m.

 

Location: Bishop Marrocco/ Thomas Merton Secondary School

1515 Bloor St. West

Room 304 (alternate location is the Auditorium)

 

Agenda:

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA)

Any other business

 

   

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.

Click here for Newsletter

   

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
here.
   

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbbAWQ9aK8Q

Website Link

http://www.CUPEVotes.ca

   

Page 1 of 4

  • A deeper look into Canada’s human rights record: Day two at the National Human Rights Conference

    Over 500 social and labour activists from across Canada are taking part in CUPE’s 2nd National Human Rights Conference in Winnipeg. Day two focused on a look at the make-up of CUPE’s membership, and discussions on Canada’s human rights record.

    A deeper look into Canada’s human rights record

    Who are we? CUPE’s membership survey

    Day two kicked off with a presentation on CUPE’s first-ever comprehensive survey of its members. Shelly Gordon, director of Research, Job Evaluation and Health and Safety, presented the results that confirm the union advantage for Canadian workers: better wages and benefits, and safer work environments. While this advantage is especially critical for equality seeking groups, there is still much to do. Too many of our members – nearly 20 per cent – are in precarious jobs.

    A deeper look into Canada’s human rights record

    Two speakers helped put the survey results in a broader context. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, an associate professor at Ryerson University, explained how the shift away from full time, continuous work with good wages and benefits, towards work with low wage and job insecurity, is taking a toll on workers.

    Alexa Conradi, president of the Quebec Federation of Women, said cut backs to services, especially care giving services, are forcing women to work for free. The need for care doesn’t go away. What changes is who provides that care and where it happens. She also reminded conference participants that we are most effective when we work together and the 2015 World March for Women is an opportunity to build coalitions.

    Participants also took part in workshops on equality in his socio-economic context.

    A deeper look into Canada’s human rights record

    Our history, our future: Canada’s human rights record

    The conference’s afternoon panel focused on Canada’s human rights record. Yvonne Peters, chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Board of Commissioners, shared a glimpse of the progress we’ve achieved in terms of reducing discrimination and harassment in Canada, and in our workplaces.

    Peters commended CUPE’s solid track record in fighting for improved work conditions for people with disabilities, but emphasized that more needed to be done to increase their participation in the workforce.  She said Canada’s Human Rights Commission had much room for improvement, but added that it’s “the only public institution in town specifically aimed at eliminating inequality in our communities.”

    Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, associate professor at the University of Manitoba, spoke about some of the challenges still faced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada. He said powerful movements like Idle No More gave him hope. “To see brothers and sisters driven by peace and love fighting for progress on issues that have plagued our country for centuries is so inspiring,” said Sinclair.

    Only when Canadians learn to live as a family, added Sinclair, where people feel a responsibility to be mindful of one another, and when people understand that all of creation is interconnected, will Canada reach its full potential.

    The day concluded a visit to the Canadian Human Rights Museum, the world’s only museum solely dedicated to human rights awareness and education, recently opened in Winnipeg.

  • National Human Rights Conference opens in Winnipeg

    NDP Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash at the CUPE Human Rights Conference 2015

    WINNIPEG – Over 500 labour and social activists from across the country are in Winnipeg this week for CUPE’s second National Human Rights Conference. The four day conference will highlight the role unions have in fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.

    “Defending human rights is at the very core of what unions do every day. While we’ve made strides, we still have much work to do to end discrimination in our society, evident by the recent attention on the discrimination experienced by Aboriginal people here in Winnipeg,” said Paul Moist, national president of CUPE.

    Charles Fleury, Romeo Saganash and Paul Moist at the CUPE Human Rights Conference 2015

    The conference kicks off Thursday night with guest speaker NDP MP Romeo Saganash, followed by three more days of panel discussions and workshops with a diverse group of activists sharing their experiences and insight on advancing human rights in Canada and around the world.

    Other speakers and panelists include: author and commentator Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; human rights activist and newly elected Toronto School Board Trustee Ausma Malik; NDP MP Jinny Sims; Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Board of Commissioners Yvonne Peters; and Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy Kevin Chief.

    Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg

    A complete list of panelists and conference agenda

    “Let us open our second Human Rights Conference with a commitment to all CUPE members to fight hard in bargaining and to pursue equality in all aspects of our union work,” said Moist while welcoming conference participants during Thursday’s opening plenary. “And let us pursue labour rights for all workers throughout the globe. Remember labour rights are human rights, and human rights are labour rights.”

    Conference participants will also be visiting the recently opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and are invited to a Manitoba Social on Saturday night.

    More on CUPE’s National Human Rights Conference

  • New report details clerical working conditions in BC’s public school system

    Under Duress: The intensification of clerical work in B.C. schools

    By John Malcolmson

    A new report looking at the performance of clerical work in BC’s public school system explores how CUPE members have fared in the wake of a decade of government austerity and service cuts.

    Under Duress: the intensification of clerical work in BC’s public school system is based on an online survey of clerical workers undertaken in the spring of 2014, along with a review of relevant research, and analysis of school budgeting. About 1,300 clerical staff in 49 BC school districts completed this survey for a response rate of close to 30 per cent. The report was written by CUPE research representative John Malcolmson.

    Who occupies today’s K-12 clerical jobs?

    The report confirms that clerical work remains overwhelmingly female-dominated as 98 per cent of survey participants indicate they are women. The average age of today’s K-12 clerical worker is 51 years and that worker has 22 years of clerical work experience, roughly half of which is with her current employer.

    The largest group of clerical workers holds college-level credentials, with a smaller number reporting university degrees. Most clerical work in the public school system is both continuing and full-time in nature. The average K-12 clerical worker earns almost $36,000 annually.

    What did we learn about K-12 clerical work?

    Under Duress shows that, like other school support workers, clerical staff face relentless budgetary pressure on school operations. Combined with a push to direct maximum resources “to the classroom,” there have been ongoing efforts to squeeze more out of school system support workers with less funding.

    The result has been a compression of clerical work hours and increased workload. Other effects include increases in job requirements, additional range and complexity of things demanded of workers, and rising stress associated with these demands.

    Despite these changes, clerical staff report high levels of overall job satisfaction, citing the importance of the personal relationships they cultivate to how they feel about work.

    The report does uncover health and safety concerns. Most clerical staff report pain – concentrated in the neck, back and shoulder areas – and most see it as work-related. The survey also compiles information on ergonomic issues raised by members, chief among them the fact that many clerical staff work long hours seated in front of computer screens. This raises concerns regarding the long-term health of clerical staff faced with these job requirements.

    Unpaid time is also an issue for clerical staff. On average, a clerical worker performs half an hour of unpaid work each week. As Under Duress notes, the performance of unpaid work provides clear evidence of the commitment members have to their jobs amidst conditions marked by declining hours of work and increases in individual workload.

    Clerical staff also reference a significant incidence of aggressive encounters with parents, community members and students. The way they deal with them differs depending on the circumstances. Encounters with students are more likely to elicit formal reporting, and follow-up consequences as students are generally covered by codes of conduct. Parents and community members are not as clearly covered so there is increased likelihood of members brushing off these kinds of encounters.

    What’s next?

    The report calls for workers, CUPE and public school employers to work together to address key issues and concerns raised and to improve the work environment faced by K-12 clerical staff.

    Read the full report. Check out Under Duress: the intensification of clerical work in BC’s public school system at cupe.bc.ca.

  • 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

    Speakers:

    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