Wednesday, May 04, 2016
   
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OCT Letter of Recognition

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

CUPE Local 1328 would like to acknowledge and extend our appreciation to all of our Office, Clerical and Technical staff; you all make a difference in our workplaces everyday. Each and everyone of you foster and create a welcoming, caring and highly productive school and work environment. We all recognize and value your contributions.

Your dedication and commitment coupled with your compassion and are second to none, whether you are the first point of contact in the schools or whether you are responsible for the many integral functions that allow our school board to operate on a daily basis in an efficient and productive manner.

The work that you do does not go unnoticed and there are many that rely on the important services you provide. Your contributions are invaluable not only to our employer but to all those you meet and service each and every day.

On April 27th, join us in acknowledging and recognizing all of our Office, Clerical and Technical unit members by showing gratitude to all our Sisters and Brothers. We thank you for all the services you provide and all that you do.

In Solidarity,

Lina Naccarato                              Jose Duarte

President                                      Vice President-Office, Clerical & Technical

CUPE Local 1328                          CUPE Local 1328


 

General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting


Date: Wednesday May 11 2016
 Location: Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School
Auditorium
Address: 2 St. Andrews Blvd
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Refreshments
Agenda:
Welcome
Equality Statement
Roll Call of Officers
Regular Business
Elections

The order for elections, according to the bylaws, is:
President, Vice Presidents, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Grievance Officer, Membership Secretary, Trustee (1 position, 3 year term)
To be eligible for office, a member shall have attended at least three (3) of the General or Sectional meetings held in the previous twelve (12) months.
New 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.
Please bring your union card or pay statement. If you do not have a union card, please contact our Membership Secretary, Joanne Maeiron at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416 795-6607
Please make every effort to attend.
 

CUPE COMMUNIQUE

CUPE COMMUNIQUE

April 20, 2016 20:08 ET

CUPE heralds major court victory in Bill 115 charter challenge

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 20, 2016) - CUPE's 55, 000 education workers are lauding a significant Ontario Superior Court victory, after several unions challenged the constitutionality of Bill 115. The court challenge was filed in 2013 after Bill 115 stripped workers in the education sector of their rights to bargain collectively. The challenge was postponed in 2014 at the request of the province, and resumed in December, 2015.

"CUPE's position has always been that Bill 115 violated our basic Charter rights," said Terri Preston, chair of the union's education sector coordinating committee. "We saw it as a threat to all Canadian workers, and we couldn't let it pass unchallenged. The court validated our position that this Bill was a gross overreach that trampled basic freedom-of-association rights."

"After this lawsuit was initially filed, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour case that workers have a constitutional right to strike," said Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. "CUPE was a lead union on that SCC case, and victory there gave us great confidence in our case here. We are thrilled the Superior Court has agreed that the government's approach to collective bargaining was 'fundamentally flawed'."

Significantly, in his ruling Justice Lederer wrote that the impact of this flawed piece of legislation was "not just on the economic circumstances of education workers but on their associational rights and the dignity, autonomy and equality that comes with the exercise of that fundamental freedom."

"This couldn't send a clearer message to governments that they ought not interfere in free collective bargaining," said Preston. "It's a terrific ruling for education workers in Ontario and in building on the existing case law, for all Canadian workers."

Justice Lederer made no ruling on remedy, obliging the parties to meet to try and reach agreement. If agreement is not reached on remedy, the matter will be referred back to him. "We will meet with the other unions with whom we engaged in this court challenge to discuss what we want to see by way of remedy," said Hahn. "We will continue to work together to preserve basic collective bargaining rights. We call on the Liberal government to accept this ruling and put any thought of a costly appeal out of their minds. Now they must spend time, energy and resources on remedy, and on strengthening the public education system in Ontario."

The parties to the challenge, alongside CUPE, were the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), and the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU). UNIFOR also had intervenor status.

CUPE represents 55, 000 education workers in Ontario, including custodians, administrative and clerical staff, educational assistants, instructors, tradespeople, early childhood educators, and many more, across all four school board systems (English and French, Catholic and public).

Contact Information

Andrea Addario

CUPE Communications (416) 738-4329

Craig Saunders

CUPE Communications (416) 576-7316

 

Voluntary Scheduled Unpaid Leave Days

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The employer has sent notice to our union regarding the Scheduled Unpaid Leave Plan (SULP) Application which is now located in your Employee Self Service. (ESS) Please note that this is voluntary and that the union discourages the use of any unpaid days that the employer is providing. Members who normally work on Professional Development Days   should attend all Professional Development Days in the work year. You are not required to take any days as per the Schedule Unpaid Leave Plan that the employer has provided.

As per the Central Agreement;
Voluntary Scheduled Unpaid Leave Days: (Offset)
 The employer will designate 2 PD days in each of the 2015-2016 school year and
the 2016-2017 years for Employees who wish to take the day off without pay.
The offset measure was established to look at savings within the collective agreement to support the pay increases. Please review the document carefully as Scheduled Unpaid Leave Days are subject to pension contributions. Should you have any questions, please contact the union office at 416 512-9493.
In Solidarity,
Lina Naccarato
President
CUPE Local 1328
   

Retirement Gratuity Voluntary Early Payout Option Statement & Application Process

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Please review the information below regarding the Retirement Gratuity Voluntary Early Payout Option Statement & Application Process . It is now available to eligible members  through the ESS (Employee Self Service). Employees will have the opportunity to apply for an early payout of their retirement gratuity as per the Memoranda of Settlements of Central Terms. Details of the early payout option, including the application deadline, are contained in the links below.
Should you have any questions, please contact the union office at 416 512-9493

In Solidarity,
Lina Naccarato
President
   

Award of Merit Nomination Form

AWARD OF MERIT – Nomination Form

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. 

  • Nomination letters should be 200 words or less and should include the reasons your nominee is worthy of recognition by his/her peers.

An independent panel will select: 

  • Two (2) members from Office, Clerical and Technical
  • Two (2) members from School Based Education Support Staff
  • One (1) member from  ESL Instructor
  • One (1) member from ESL Nursery
  • One (1) member from Secondary School Student Supervisors.

The selectees and their staff (limited) will be invited to a special evening on June 2nd 2016 at Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue.

In order to be considered for this award, a completed nomination package must be forwarded by May 13th 2016, VIA COURIER to:

Lina Naccarato, President
CUPE Local 1328
CEC

CLICK HERE FOR AWARD OF MERIT NOMINATION FORM

   

Student Bursaries Application Form

SIX (6) STUDENT BURSARIES

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 for the Fall to pursue a course of study leading to a degree or a diploma from an accredited University or Community College of their choice.   Recipients will be two females and 2 males.  The bursaries will be $1,000.00 each. 1 male and 1 female bursary will be for University bound students and 1 male and 1 female will be for College bound students.

CUPE Local 1328 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. The bursaries will be $1,000.00 each. Recipients will be 1 male and 1 female. 

In addition to the completed application form, please include a personal cover letter outlining the following: 

  • Contributions to the school and/or community that reflect Catholic values
  • Contribution to extra curricular activities
  • Volunteer work within the school and/or community
  • Financial need and/or other personal challenges or obstacles

Overall Application requirements include: 

  • Application form
  • Personal cover letter
  • Evidence of acceptance into a post-secondary institution
  • Two letters of recommendation from the following:  School Principal or designate, employer, departmental head, chaplain, support staff, teacher

The recipients and their families (limited) will be invited to a special evening on June 2nd, 2016 at Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue.

Only completed applications will be considered for this bursary.  In order to be considered for this award, a completed application package must be forwarded by May 13th, 2016 VIA COURIER:

Lina Naccarato, President, 
CUPE Local 1328
CEC

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM

   

Tandia Workshop

Tandia Workshop
CUPE Local 1328 is pleased to present you with two workshops facilitated by Tandia Cooperative Banking

These workshops are approximately 2 hours in duration which include a question and answer period. For further information or questions about these workshops, please contact the union office at 416 512-9493

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your seat.
Capacity: 40

Planning For Retirement  Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Location: CEC, Quigley Hall
Time: 6 p.m.

We all want to have a comfortable and secure financial plan for our retirement. How we do it will depend on our own unique situations and outlooks.  Gaining at least a general understanding of what options we can take advantage of is important in planning for retirement, no matter what stage of life we may be currently in.  This interactive workshop will point out some of the important things we need to think about when it comes to retirement while honing in on savings and investment vehicles.  Please come prepared knowing what you know and that’s it!  We have no expectations of you except that you are open to learning at least one new thing by the end of our session.

Introduction To Financial Wellness Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Location: Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts: Cafeteria
Time: 6 p.m.

Managing our finances should be easy and even fun! Given that money has been around for centuries, and managing finances has been around just as long – why oh why is managing ones’ finances one of the greatest stressors in our lives?  Is it more than just a plus and/or minus?  Could it be that some other forces are at play – such as our relationship with money and some of the beliefs we have around money and finances?  This interactive workshop touches on a deeper understanding of financial literacy, helps alleviate related anxiety, and provides some high level strategies and techniques that can be easily implemented. Please come prepared knowing what you know and that’s it!  We have no expectations of you except that you are open to learning at least one new thing by the end of our session.

Please note:  we will have door prizes;  handouts and some other goodies for all attendees.

   
  • May 1st – International Workers’ Day

    Every year workers around the world celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1st. We recognize this day in solidarity with millions of workers around the world. We commemorate the struggle for an eight-hour workday and the historic struggles of workers who have gone before us.

    In 1884, a law was passed in the US declaring that as of May 1, 1886, an eight-hour workday would be the full and legal workday for all US workers. The owners and employers refused to recognize this law and on May 1st workers across the country took to the streets in a general strike. Hundreds of thousands participated.

    In what would later be called the Haymarket riots, police opened fire on striking workers in Chicago killing several workers and wounding untold numbers.  Workers across the nation mobilized against the government and its police brutality. From that day forward, workers around the world began to recognize May 1st as a day for workers to voice their just demands.

    May 1st is a day to celebrate workers around the world who continue to struggle for genuine labour rights and economic justice. Workers are demanding the right to accessible, affordable healthcare, child care, education, to employment benefits and a pension, to safe working conditions and a living wage.

    CUPE unites with our sister unions and partners in Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. We support the right of workers around the world to collective bargaining and to resist exploitation. We support workers’ right to social and economic security. As the working class, we further assert our right in Canada to access a strong public sector, decent working conditions and democracy in our communities.

    On May 1st, we recognize and continue to act in solidarity with workers around the world. The struggle for women’s rights, migrant rights, minority rights, the environment, a fair economy, and social and economic justice knows no borders.

    Long Live International Solidarity!

  • We remember the Rana Plaza tragedy

    Three years ago on April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,100 workers. Immediately CUPE reached out to the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity to find out what we could do in solidarity with the workers and their families.

    CUPE began a solidarity campaign with the Centre. The Centre was founded in 2001 by garment workers who were organizing for better working conditions, wages and labour rights in factories sourced by some of the richest corporations in the world.

    In the following months, we learned that major global brands were sourcing from Rana Plaza including the Canadian brand Joe Fresh. We were stunned to learn that some of the richest corporations in the world were refusing to compensate the victims and their families for their injuries. We joined the global campaign to hold these corporations accountable. 

    We also learned about the formation of the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, which is an independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions to ensure factories are safe and workers have the right to refuse unsafe work. CUPE is supporting the efforts of remarkable workers who are organizing in the face of intimidation, harassment and outright violence. 

    In February 2016, CUPE, with the USW, PSAC, UNIFOR and the CLC, met with the representatives in Bangladesh, and continue our solidarity work with the Centre.

  • NB convention delegates support striking Covered Bridge Chips workers

    Delegates to CUPE New Brunswick’s annual convention joined community supporters and other trade unions for a barbeque and rally to support workers at Covered Bridge Potato Chips, who have been on strike fighting for a first contract since January 5.

    “We are proud to stand here in solidarity with these workers who are fighting for fairness, a living wage, and job security,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.  “At CUPE, we know that an injury to one is an injury to all.”

    Instead of negotiating a fair collective agreement, Covered Bridge Chips filed an unsuccessful application with the Labour Board to terminate the union.  United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1288P, which represents the striking workers, is asking for supporters to take the chips off of their shopping list until the strike is settled, and to help spread the word.

  • Give nursing home residents higher care, support new “Time to Care” Bill, care staff urge MPPs

    TORONTO, ON Care and nursing staff who have for over a decade called for legislated, higher care levels for Ontario’s 80,000 long-term care residents, are urging Ontario MPPs to put “partisanship” aside and support a private members Bill introduced yesterday for a daily care standard of at least four hours, that they say will provide residents care with dignity.

    “It’s the right thing to do. We’re urging all MPPs to come together, put aside partisan politics and vote in support of this Bill because there is broad public support for a legislated care standard for nursing home residents and because they deserve a higher quality of care,” says Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario secretary-treasurer and a long-term care worker for nearly 20 years.

    Bill 188, the Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2016 tabled by the NDP would amend the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 so that a long-term care home will have to provide its residents with at least four hours a day of nursing and personal support services.

    Nursing home residents are a highly vulnerable, aging and frail population with an increasing number diagnosed with cognitive impairments, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There is widespread consensus and mounting research evidence that residents need a higher level of care than they are currently getting.

    In a recent study Promising Practices in Long-Term Care: Ideas Worth Sharing, researchers Donna Baines and Pat Armstrong, say that they “saw plenty of evidence to support the conclusion that direct care staffing should be set at a minimum of 4.1 hours per resident per day.”

    “We know from speaking to residents, their families and in communities across this province that there is considerable and broad public support for a legislated four hour care standard. This is an issue that touches many families including my own. I have never heard anyone say that they didn’t support higher care levels for nursing home residents. MPPs of all stripes should support this Bill. To do otherwise is irresponsible and heartless,” says Rennick.

    CUPE personal support workers (PSWs), registered practical nurses (RPNs), dietary aides and other front line long-term care staff have worked extremely hard, doing considerable community outreach and building momentum and support for this legislation, says Rennick. “I want to thank each and every one of them for their diligence and heartfelt personal and often painful stories. They told about what it’s like for them to know they are not able to give the kind of care to residents that they want to, because they don’t have the time to do it. To know residents are becoming incontinent because there is not enough staff to help them to the toilet is very difficult for them.”

    CUPE PSWs, RPNs and other long-term care staff will be at Queen’s Park on May 4, meeting MPPs and asking them to support a four hour care standard for residents. Dr. Armstrong a York University professor and a research leader in the field of “best-practices” in long-term care will be speaking at a special forum for MPPs at 8 a.m. on May 4 in the Queen’s Park Legislative dining room.

    For more information, please contact:

    Candace Rennick
    CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer
     416-799-5109

    Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
     416-559-9300