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Ratification Meeting Notice: TIME CHANGE



Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Due to scheduled TTC  subway track repairs from St. George to Keele,  we are accommodating members who take the TTC and we will now commence our Ratification Meeting at 11: 00 a.m.

I would also like to briefly address some concerns regarding our upcoming RATIFICATION VOTE on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Unfortunately, our current Bylaws do not allow us to conduct any online voting, voting by proxy or a town hall call.  Therefore, at this time the only voting option available is the scheduled Ratification Vote meeting.

We have held other votes in the past on a Sunday and Sunday's date was scheduled based on a number of factors which include, but are not limited to the following:
1) The availability of both our CUPE National Representative, Denise Carter and Terri Preston, the chair of the OSBCC.
2) We have a December 4, 2015, deadline to meet in order to ratify this tentative agreement.
3) Some of our members work in the evenings and would not have had the opportunity to attend should a weekday evening have been available.
4) Our Union is non-Sectarian.

I understand that many members have prior commitments, however, due to the nature of our diversity, there would never be an "ideal" date/time/location for everybody.
As always, we are here to answer and address any concerns you may have.

In Solidarity,
Sincerest Regards,
Lina Naccarato
President of CUPE Local 1328


Date: Sunday November 22-15
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton CSS
1515 Bloor Street West/ Dundas West Station

Equality Statement
Guest Speaker: Terri Preston, Chair/OSBCC
Review of the Tentative Agreement
Ratification Vote

Please bring your union membership card.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Central Negotiations:

We attended the Leadership Meeting on November 14th-15 whereby the central tentative deal 
reached on November 2nd-15 is being recommended to our local memberships. Please click on 
the link below to find the "CUPE Summary of Tentative Agreement".

Local Negotiations are continuing as we have dates set up next week with our employer.

To read the tentative agreement please click here

In solidarity,
Lina Naccarato
President of CUPE Local 1328


OSBCC Bargaining Update No.22



Members Appreciation Night



CNE Winter Event 2015



CUPE Update Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

As per the tentative deal that was announced on Monday by the CUPE/OSBCC, Locals have yet to receive further details regarding this deal with the government.  Please attend our ratification meeting once details are finalized. The CUPE leadership has been asked to attend a meeting within the next few weeks to review the tentative deal.  Post this meeting, a ratification vote meeting will be organized and the date will be forwarded to you to vote on this tentative deal. 

We want to confirm that all job action has now ceased as per the OSBCC communique sent out on Monday.  Thank you to everyone for their collective efforts in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of our legal job actions. It is important that members contact the union office IMMEDIATELY should any member be reprised against for participating in our provincial job actions. Moving forward, our local bargaining continues, we have dates set later this month with our employer and a conciliator has been assigned to assist us with our local negotiations. 

Member Appreciation Night: November 20th, 2015
We hope that our membership will come out and celebrate "WHO WE ARE" on November 20th at the Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre.  We are encouraging our members to attend this fun filled evening with great food, music, dancing and wonderful gifts.  In addition to this, members and their families are invited to attend the Holiday CNE event on November 29th. 

In Solidarity,
Lina Naccarato
President of CUPE Local 1328


OSBCC Bargaining Update No. 20




Don't Let Anyone Violate your Legal Work-To-Rule

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

CUPE Local 1328 is collecting information from the School Based Educational Support Staff in our Work to Rule Phase 1 and 2 Instructions.

If Principal’s and/or Managers are still pressuring you to VIOLATE your Work-to-Rule Legal Job Action you need to ask them this Question:

What will happen if I refuse?

Have you been threatened, intimidated, punished or disciplined?

CUPE Provincial & National will then add the specific name of the Principal/Manager to CUPE’s Legal Team for further action.

Not only can the employer be held responsible for violating the Ministry of Labour’s Legal Work-to-Rule Job Action Law’s but so can each Manager/Principal be held responsible individually for purposely standing in the way of a Legal Job Action.

We belong to CUPE NATIONAL; that being said you might not understand that even though you think this is a Provincial action by the OSBCC (Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee) a division of the Ontario District; WE ARE CUPE NATIONAL!  We have Unlimited Support & Legal funding!

So Stay Strong & UNITED and know you are being HEARD across Ontario & Canada!

The emails, texts, voice messages coming in from our other CUPE Locals in the Province & across Canada & the United States is overwhelming!

Everyone knows Ontario & that Education Workers are the backbone of Ontario’s Education System hand in hand with our Teachers making a safe and stable learning environment for our STUDENTS - our Future Generation!

Click here to fill in form

CUPE 1328 Complaint Form

(Against violation of Work-to-Rule)

Please fill in the form listed below and email it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax it to 416 512-9869

Print Name of Member(s):_______________________________________________________________





School/Work Location:__________________________________________________________________

Name of Principal/Vice Principal:__________________________________________________________

Please describe in detail what has happened and what was said to you directly. Use the reverse page to write your comments. Please print clearly.

In Solidarity



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  • Frontline art exhibit highlights creativity, caring of CUPE members

    VANCOUVER – On Friday, November 13 CUPE locals 1004 and 1936 representing workers at the PHS Community Services Society launched a unique collaborative exhibition called frontline. Featuring the artwork of members with a focus on the work that they do in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), the exhibit demonstrates the caring and creativity of this special group of workers.

    Co-sponsored by CUPE National, CUPE BC and the two CUPE locals, the exhibit offers a unique window into the integrated services that CUPE members offer for an under-served and hard to house population.

    CUPE 1004 member Cleo Neville, who spearheaded the project and whose artwork is on the cover the exhibit catalogue, says that the project began as a small idea and a conversation between coworkers about the role that art has played in responding to the workplace. “What began as a conversation has grown into an exciting collaboration that showcases the necessity of creativity as an outlet and a motivator in the work that we do,” says Neville.

    CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger says that he is very impressed, but not surprised at the show. “Frontline CUPE work in the Downtown Eastside has always attracted artists, activists and visionaries. It’s no coincidence that so many of us are artists. The compassion and creativity that we use to create our art also makes us a caring and committed workforce, fighting for the residents of the DTES.”

    The frontline exhibit opening gala on November 13 featured music, poetry, and visual art. CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro joined CUPE members, their families and friends for an evening of celebration, creativity and camaraderie. The show runs until November 27 at the Red Gate Art Society - 855 East Hastings in Vancouver. Check out the frontline Facebook event for more information.

    Visit the CUPE BC gallery to view photos.

  • CUPE stands in solidarity with Paris, Beirut

    Paris and BeirutIn response to shocking and disturbing violence that took place last week, including the events in Paris on November 13 and in Beirut on November 12, CUPE National President Mark Hancock spoke out on behalf of CUPE members.

    “Our thoughts and condolences go out the family and friends of those killed and injured,” said Hancock. “Our thoughts are also with the first responders and health care workers who are on the front lines of the fight against terrorism. We thank them for their work, leadership and dedication in such difficult times.”

    CUPE pledged its solidarity with the people of France, Lebanon, and all those around the world affected by senseless violence.

    “We deplore these acts of violence,” said CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury. “We will continue to work for peace and call on our government to end military aggression abroad, and on the international community to ensure that democracy and human rights prevail over violence and fear.”

  • Child care workers take on gender wage gap

    Child care workers described being penalized by the gender pay gap - and called for a dedicated fund to close the gap - at an Ontario government town hall meeting.

    At the meeting, held in Ottawa on November 12, members of CUPE 2204 spoke about how their wages get caught between inadequate government funding and already expensive parent fees. CUPE 2204 represents 300 child care workers at 13 agencies in Eastern Ontario.

    “Paid caregivers face a wage penalty due to the nature of the work we do,” said Janet Fredette, who works at Centretown Parents’ Cooperative Daycare in Ottawa.

    “Caring for and instructing children is something that was traditionally done, and is still often done, predominantly by women without pay.”

    In 2010, the average wage for early childhood educators and assistants in Ontario was $22,339. That’s about half the average $44,000 that cable television service and maintenance technicians earned in Ontario at the same time.

    Jackie Dwyer, a child care worker with CUPE 2204, described how wage grants from the 1980s and 1990s are now being redistributed in Ottawa. The grants were designed to address low wages and help child care centres meet their pay equity requirements.

    Now, the City of Ottawa is reallocating the grants to other low-wage workers, which may affect child care workers’ wages or even cause child care centre closures. This could have been avoided if wage grants had been rolled into base salaries.

    A 2009-10 study found only 19 per cent of Ontario child care centres that responded had closed all wage gaps, under pay equity legislation.

    “It’s difficult for non-profit employers to manage the extra one per cent of payroll burden to their budgets for proxy pay equity every year,” said Fredette.

    Proxy pay equity is the process of calculating pay equity in predominantly female workplaces where there are no or very few male job classifications to compare to. In Ontario, the child care workforce is 97 per cent female.

    Fredette called on the provincial government to create a dedicated pay equity fund for the broader public sector to help ensure workers’ right to equal pay could be achieved.

    Learn more about the issues:

  • Top ten reasons why CUPE National Convention was a success

    cupe 2015 panoramaMore than 2000 CUPE members came together in Vancouver from Nov. 2 to 6 for CUPE’s 27th biennial national convention. Here are 10 reasons to celebrate.

    Together we:

    1. Elected a new national president – Mark Hancock. He is CUPE’s sixth national president and will provide strong leadership in the coming years.  
    2. Took the leap! With a rally to show our support for the leap manifesto, we called on Canada to act decisively to transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a pollution-free economy. 
    3. Passed a resolution to reorganize our defence fund so that more resources can go to funding our critical ongoing work while protecting a healthy strike fund.
    4. Paid tribute to our activists – starting with a big thank you to our outgoing national president, Paul Moist and honoured our award recipients in literacy, health and safety, communications, and equality.
    5. Launched a convention app – a first for CUPE - with more than 1,900 people accessing convention resources and communicating with fellow delegates on their mobile devices.
    6. Set an ambitious course for the next two years by adopting Strategic Directions with a focus on building workers’ power to improve our workplaces and communities, and to build a better world.
    7. Increased our knowledge and capacity by sharing our challenges and successes at forums, sector meetings, caucuses, the CUPE village, and on the floor of Convention.
    8. Built international solidarity with special guests like Lee Saunders and Rosa Pavenelli who reminded us that our issues are similar across the globe and the important role we can play across borders.
    9. Celebrated the defeat of the Harper government and highlighted the important work ahead for the NDP in holding the Liberal government to account in the upcoming Parliament.
    10. Found inspiration and insight in passionate speeches from Naomi Klein, Murray Sinclair, Lee Saunders, Rosa Pavanelli, Hassan Yussuff, Mohamed Fahmy and Tom Mulcair.

    For full convention coverage, including photos and videos, visit our convention page.