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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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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

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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


SBESS June Sectional Meeting

Date & Location

Tuesday June 10th 2014 at 6:00 PM

The York Quigley Hall, CEC

80 Sheppard Ave East

North York, ON M2N 6E8


Regular Business

Steward Elections

Any other business

Angel Foundation 50/50 Draw


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  • 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

  • Manitoba Winter School 2015

    20th Annual Winter School
    Lakeview Resort, Gimli, MB
    Thursday, February 26 to Sunday, March 1, 2015

    The school is open to all CUPE members. Class size will be limited to approximately 20 participants. Participants will be registered on a first come, first choice basis. It is very important to signify a second choice. Your registration fees must be received by the registration deadline, February 2, 2015.

    For more details and the registration forms, please download the brochure below.

  • 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