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General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday February 25-16

Location: St. Patricks Catholic High School (Auditorium)

Address: 45 Felstead Ave

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Agenda:
Welcome
 Equality Statement
Roll Call of Officers
Update: Budget Deficit Reductions
Regular Business
Adjournment
50/50 draw for the Angel Foundation

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 By Laws.
 

CUPE Education: Spring School Notice

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

Members who are eligible to attend as per CUPE Local 1328 Bylaws (see below) are invited to enter their name into a lottery for CUPE Spring School which is held in Toronto on Feb 27-28th-16 at the Sheraton Centre. The actual number of selected members will be provided second preference as per the Bylaws by lottery. To verify if you qualify, please check first with our Membership Secretary, Joanne Maieron at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Qualifying members should then make three choices in order of preference to Patti Chapman our Recording Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Feb 10th-16. Selected members will be notified by our Recording Secretary. The following courses are available:

 

Introduction to Stewarding (2 classes)
 Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

 
Steward Learning Series 1: Creating Psychologically Healthy & Safe Workplaces; Being an Ally for Equality 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Steward Learning Series 2: What’s our Duty?; Challenging Homophobia in the Workplace 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Steward Learning Series 3: Challenging Racism; Handling Grievances 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Steward Learning Series 4: Inspections, Hazard Identification & Prioritizing Hazards; Being an Effective H&S Committee Member 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Labour Law 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Mobilization for Bargaining 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Introduction to Health & Safety 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Job Evaluation 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Parliamentary Procedure 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Political Action & Activism 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

Women Speaking Up 
Sat Feb 27 9am-5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:30pm

CUPE Local 1328 Bylaws:
 SEMINARS AND EDUCATION
 The Local shall send up to a maximum of thirty-six (36) delegates for Seminars and Education within the Toronto area.  The Local shall send up to a maximum of 5 delegates for Seminars and Education outside of the Toronto area. First preference will be given to members who have been elected to a position and there is a clear understanding that any member elected must take the related Seminar and/or Education within one year. Second preference will be given to the general membership who have attended 50% or more of the General Membership Meetings and Sectional Meetings within the past 24 months with the decision being made by lottery.
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Survey and Date Change

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

Re: Proposed Board Budget Deficit Recommendations

Public Consultation Activity: Date Change

I have just received confirmation from our employer regarding a date change for next week. Please note that the previously scheduled Corporate Services Committee Meeting which was to be held on Thursday February 11th is now moved to Tuesday February 9th.

Revised Public Consultation Dates:

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Student Achievement Committee Meeting

Location: CEC Boardroom, Second Floor

Time: 7 p.m

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

ONLINE Town Hall Webcast

7-9 p.m.

Visit the TCDSB Board Website

 

NEW DATE: Tuesday February 9, 2016

Corporate Services Committee Meeting

Location: CEC Boardroom, Second Floor

Time: 7 p.m

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Board Meeting (Final Meeting to approve the budget)

Location: CEC Boardroom, Second Floor

Time: 7 p.m

 

Please click here to visit the board website and complete the 2016 Multi-Year Recovery Plan online survey. This survey will be available until February 11th-16. You are invited to attend to show your support and advocate for our students, colleagues, your jobs and workload on the evenings that the budget will be discussed. Please click here to view the board website and sign up as a delegation for the dates listed above. We will apprise you of any other changes regarding the public consultation schedule. We look forward to seeing and hearing from our members and all of our partners in education at the board meetings.

 

In Solidarity,

Lina Naccarato

President

CUPE Local 1328

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Reduction of Our Support Staff

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is proceeding to finalize the Multi-Year Deficit Recovery Plan (MYRP). The Ministry has now allowed our school board to move from a three year plan to a four year plan.  The Deloitte report to Senior Management and Administration was presented to the trustees on January 28th-16.  This report and recommendations on page 137 - Appendix A makes recommendations to change the service delivery model and reduce the number of Educational Assistants (EA's) by 260 by the end of 2017-18. The Deloitte report is very alarming and Table 3.2 on page 163-64 which is being recommended by our board to the trustees makes recommendations at this time to reduce our Educational Assistants by 52 for 2016-17, 48 for 2017-18 and 30 for 2018-19 for a total of 130.

The Educational Assistant job classification was already reduced this school calendar year by 30. The total of reductions for this classification in the MYRP would be 160. Regardless of attrition, these are reductions/cuts to this job classification. Although Deloitte made recommendations (Page 139) to hire Educational Interveners, Gary Poole, our Associate Director said they would not be hiring Educational Intervenors. The Trustees approved the timelines for the public consultation process which will conclude at the Board Meeting on February 18th.  This is why we MUST act and mobilize IMMEDIATELY to communicate the impact of these reductions to our parent community, community support groups, colleagues and all other stakeholders.

We require your presence and activism as we move forward collaboratively to address these proposed reductions.

Please attend, participate and show your support on:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

 Student Achievement Committee Meeting

Location: CEC Boardroom, Second Floor

Time: 7 p.m.


Monday, February 8, 2016 (TBC)

ONLINE Town Hall Webcast (TBC)

Check the Board Web Site for confirmation of date and time.

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Corporate Services Committee Meeting

Location: CEC Boardroom, Second Floor

Time: 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Board Meeting (Final Meeting to approve the budget)

Location: CEC Boardroom, Second Floor

7 p.m.

Members/parents/community partners who wish to sign up and speak as a delegation should visit the board website and fill out the delegation form.

Sisters and Brothers, the delivery of the alternative Special Education Program as proposed by the board will continue to have a critical impact on the services we provide, our students success and our overall well being.  Regardless of the TCDSB's efforts to retool and streamline the work of our Educational Assistants, we will be looking at an approximate 15.5% reduction of this job classification as per the MYRP.

We must stand UNITED in SOLIDARITY and rise to challenge our employer and Trustees on these unjust proposed reductions in a time when our students need MORE support, not less. We cannot move forward and simply hope that these reductions will improve our already suffering education system.   We need the TCDSB and Trustees to understand once again that these reductions will have a severe impact on the lives of our students.

For the complete report on the TCDSB Multi-Year Recovery Plan (2015-2019) and the Deloitte TCDSB Multi-Year Recovery Plan (MYRP) 2015-16 to 2017-18, please click here.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from our members and all of our partners in education at the board meetings listed above.

 

In Solidarity,

Lina Naccarato

President

CUPE Local 1328

   

Ratification Meeting Notice (SSSS & ESL)

Adult ESL INS/Nursery INS Local Ratification Vote Meeting


Date: Sunday February 7-16

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location:

Catholic Education Centre

80 Sheppard Ave East.

Large Committee Room, Second Floor

 

Agenda:

Welcome

Equality Statement

Review: Adult ESL/Nursery INS Local Tentative Agreement

Ratification Vote

Adjournment

Please bring your union membership card.

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

SSSS Local Ratification Vote Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday February 3-16

Time: 4 p.m.

Location:

Catholic Education Centre

80 Sheppard Ave East.

Quigley Room, Main Floor

 

Agenda:

Welcome

Equality Statement

Review: SSSS Local Tentative Agreement

Ratification Vote

Adjournment

Please bring your union membership card.

   
  • Liberals shouldn’t sign Harper’s TPP deal

    The massive Trans-Pacific Partnership puts corporations, not Canadians, first and the federal Liberal government should not sign it.

    Representatives of the 12 countries involved in the TPP are gathering in New Zealand Feb. 4 to sign the far-reaching treaty.

    The deal was reached in the dying days of the Harper Conservative government and during a federal election. The full text was only made public in November. The new government is still analyzing the 6,000-page text and has yet to carry out an economic impact assessment. So why the rush to sign?

    Canada should not sign the TPP: @MarkHancockCUPE https://t.co/TE8ipHxMim #cdnpoli #canlab pic.twitter.com/O05E2r1Avx

    CUPE National (@cupenat) February 3, 2016

    “You or I would never sign a contract without reading the fine print,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “But that’s exactly what the Liberals are about to do. It’s a serious mistake that will have consequences for decades to come.”

    What we already know about the TPP is bad news.

    The TPP gives new rights to the world’s richest corporations, while workers and the environment lose ground. The deal supports privatization, will drive down wages, and increases the cost of health care and education. A recent study shows Canada will lose at least 58,000 jobs in the first decade under the TPP.

    Independent analysis confirms the TPP is not about helping Canadian exports – 97 per cent of our exports to TPP countries are already duty-free.

    The TPP extends the length of patents on prescription drugs – a move that could cost our health care system up to $630 million a year, and is a major roadblock to a universal national prescription drug program. The TPP’s longer and stricter copyright protections could mean higher costs for schools, universities and libraries.

    The TPP’s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system will let foreign corporations sue governments if a law or regulation interferes with their investments – and profits. Under these NAFTA-style rules, Canada is already the most-sued developed country.

    Liberals shouldn’t sign the TPP: @CUPENatSec https://t.co/TE8ipHxMim #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/YGL7QFSe4N

    CUPE National (@cupenat) February 3, 2016

    “Governments, not corporations, should set our country’s laws and policies. The TPP stands in the way of immediate and bold action on climate change,” said CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury.

    The Harper government tried to buy its way around some of the deal’s consequences, promising billions in compensation for auto parts makers, as well as dairy, egg and chicken farmers. And the full social and economic costs of the TPP are only now being tallied.

    “The TPP is a corporate rights deal. It rewrites laws and regulations in the interests of big business, at the expense of citizens and the environment,” said Hancock. “Canada should not sign this dangerous deal.”

  • CUPE urges MPs to support NDP pay equity motion

    Equal pay for work of equal valueUPDATE: The NDP’s motion was successfully passed on Wednesday, February 3, 2015.

    Canada’s largest union is urging all Members of Parliament to support a motion recognizing pay equity as a right for all Canadian workers. The Canadian Union of Public Employees is in full support of the opposition day motion introduced by the New Democratic Party which calls for the federal government to take action on closing the pay gap between men and women in Canada.

    “This motion is simply asking for our federal government to acknowledge what is fair - workers doing work of equal value deserve the same pay,” said Mark Hancock, national president of CUPE. “This government needs to be front and centre in the fight to get rid of the barriers that keep women, and others doing similar work, from getting fair pay for their work.”

    CUPE has been a leader in the fight for pay equity. Around 70 per cent of CUPE’s 635,000 members are women. While unions like CUPE have made great strides at the bargaining table to close the gender wage gap, governments need to do more before we can achieve wider gains for more workers.

    “These wage gaps are often caused by historic policies and practises that lessen the value of work done predominately by women and other equity seeking groups. This discrimination may not be intentional, but that doesn’t lessen the harm and inequality it causes,” said Hancock. “I hope all MPs will recognize the need to eliminate discrimination in all its forms and support this motion.”

    The pay equity motion will be the first opposition day motion introduced by the NDP in this Parliament. It will be voted on by MP’s Wednesday, February 3rd

  • Scrapping anti-union legislation good news for Canadian workers

    The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is welcoming legislation introduced by the federal government to repeal the anti-unions bills C-377 and C-525.

    “This is good news for all Canadian workers. These bills were nothing more than political attacks on unions and we are happy that the new government is moving quickly to correct these wrongs,” said Mark Hancock, national president of CUPE. “This is a good step in re-establishing a sense of respect for unions, the democratic voice of working people.”

    Introduced by the former Conservative federal government, Bill C-525 made it harder for workers in federally regulated workplaces to unionized. Bill C-377 was introduced to weaken trade unions with unnecessary and punitive reporting requirements.

    “As democratic organizations, CUPE and all unions in Canada are already accountable to their members,” said Charles Fleury, national secretary-treasurer of CUPE. “With these handcuffs removed, CUPE and the entire the Canadian labour movement will be able to continue working on behalf of their members and all Canadian workers.”


    Photo: Parliament Buildings by John and Melanie (Illingworth) Kotsopoulos is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

  • 100 years since women’s right to vote won in Manitoba, but battle for equality still rages

    100 years since women’s right to vote won in Manitoba

    Photo courtesy of the Hospital Employees Union: December 23, 1915, presentation of the final petition for women’s suffrage by the Political Equality League. The four women pictured are Lillian Beynon Thomas, Winona Dixon, Dr. Mary Crawford and Amelia Burritt.

    WINNIPEG – One hundred years ago today, women in Manitoba became the first in Canada to win the right to vote and hold office in provincial elections.

    “Women like Nellie McClung were trailblazers for all those who came after,” said Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba. “In Manitoba we have a strong legacy of activists fighting for social justice, and we’re proud of our strong feminist roots.”

    The labour movement and feminist movement have always had close ties throughout history and many shared fights for social justice and women’s rights continue to rage on today.

    Women are amongst the lowest paid workers across the country, and are more likely to not receive the same level of pension or benefits as men, by virtue of the type of work performed by women. Jobs in health care, child care, education, and social services are still among the lowest paid work in Canada, and there is no coincidence that these jobs are predominantly performed by women and newcomers.

    Credit must be given to the Manitoba government for consistent pay increases, as well as efforts to enhance wages in the lowest paid sectors including support workers in community living and child care. The province has also consistently increased the minimum wage, but the pay gap still exists and must continue to be remedied.

    Manitoba has also been a leader in breaking down barriers for transgender workers, and the Winnipeg School Division is currently drafting policy that would ensure students and staff could be addressed by the pronouns they choose.

    “The fight for gender equality continues to this very day; women’s work is still devalued and not respected in the same way as the work of men,” said Moist. “It is our job as the labour movement to fight for women’s rights in the workplace, and we will continue to push for fair contracts that ensure everyone is treated equally, regardless of gender or gender expression.”

    Aboriginal women and girls in Manitoba and across Canada continue to face disproportionate levels of racially motivated gender-based violence, and Manitoba has been a centre of grassroots-led activism to fight against racism and misogyny.

    It is also important to acknowledge on this date that not all women received the right to vote on January 28, 1916.  Aboriginal women and many immigrant women were excluded.

    It wasn’t until 1947 that Chinese and Indo-Canadian women (and men) were granted the right to vote, and in 1948 Japanese women (and men) were granted the right to vote.

    In 1952 Aboriginal woman and (men) were granted the right to vote, and it wasn’t until 1960 that Aboriginal women (and men) were allowed to run for office without giving up their treaty rights.

    CUPE Manitoba represents 25,000 members in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

    For information, contact:
    David Jacks, CUPE Communications at (204) 801-7339