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Newsletter: June 2016 Issue




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
CUPE Local 1328
  • Trudeau government tilts towards privatization, must get back on course

    On Thursday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was urged by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth to accept recommendations that involve the creation of a Canadian Infrastructure Development Bank. The move would entice private companies and pension funds to invest heavily in public infrastructure. The concept, put forward by the business-dominated council, presents some scary consequences for the potential privatization of public infrastructure and services that Canadians access daily.

    “The advisory council’s recommendation to create a Canadian Infrastructure Development Bank is a recipe for the cannibalization of Canada’s public infrastructure,” said Mark Hancock, CUPE National President. “The model being proposed will lead to privatization of key public assets, and will only benefit private institutional investors.”

    Privatization doesn’t just increase costs. It also leads to greater inequality, as user fees increase and operators reduce wages and benefits for workers, but increase compensation for CEOs. 

    The Trudeau government keeps talking about how much they want to support the middle class and address inequality. Increasing privatization in our communities does nothing to achieve those goals.

    “Because private interests demand a return on investment, this type of privatization can only lead to increased costs for Canadians down the road,” said Charles Fleury, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer. “The government can borrow funds at a much lower interest rate than private corporations, and the only return on their investment is the public good.”

    These recommendations also open the door to higher foreign ownership of Canadian infrastructure, posing its own set of problems. Foreign ownership leaves our governments open to being sued by private interests under trade deals like NAFTA, CETA and the TPP.

    Alternatives do exist. University of Toronto expert Matti Siemiatycki has made much more constructive proposals for a national infrastructure bank that would reduce rather than increase the cost of financing for public infrastructure and increase accountability and transparency over these decisions.

    “How the Trudeau government responds to these recommendations will be a moment of truth. They can bend to the interests of private finance, or really implement policies to support the inclusive growth that they keep talking about. I hope it’s the latter,” said Hancock.

  • Sector Council Conference builds links for success

    One thousand CUPE activists met in Winnipeg October 17-20 for the National Sector Council Conference. Delegates from across the country shared the experiences of their local with other leaders in their sector. “Members looked at the campaigns that have won support for the public services CUPE members deliver. They took the opportunity to talk about the challenges they face, and to learn from each other about how to overcome them,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

    While the theme of the conference was Organizing for Success, there were presentations on building coalitions, organizing, pensions and discussions on ways to best use our collective agreements to end workplace violence and harassment. Members were also invited to highlight the advantages CUPE offers potential members in their sectors of work.

    “We have one particularly powerful tool that we can use to better the lives of Canadian workers,” said Brother Hancock. “The best tool to fight for equality, to stop the spread of precarious work, to improve wages and make sure workers have a safe workplace is organizing the unorganized to get them a collective agreement and the best union – CUPE.”

    Delegates left the Sector Council Conference with new ideas to fight back against cuts to the public services they deliver, and inspiration to defend and improve their collective agreements.

    “Your work every day, and your involvement here, show that you are committed to improving the lives of our members and all Canadian workers,” CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury told delegates at the end of the conference. “Because of what we accomplished together in Winnipeg, CUPE will be stronger and better equipped to make Canada better.”

  • CUPE says Netflix should pay their fair share

    CUPE believes it is high time that Netflix contributes back into the Canadian economy by paying their fair share of taxes.

    The giant American entertainment service has grown rapidly over the years, posting revenues of over 6 billion dollars in 2015. The service has over 5.2 million subscribers, generating upwards of 620 million dollars in revenues in Canada alone. Despite this, Netflix does not pay any Canadian taxes.

    “It is unfair that everyday Canadians go about paying their taxes while big companies are getting let off the hook,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “Big corporations like Netflix should be paying their fair share. At this point, they’re not paying any.”

    Canadian entertainment companies who pay taxes and employ local workers are doing their part while creating quality programming. “Local companies that provide Canadian jobs are playing by the rules while their competitors get a free ride,” said CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury. “The government needs to step in to level the playing field.”

    Netflix benefits not only from Canadian tax exemptions but also from lack of regulation. The CRTC has refused to have global digital players like Netflix follow the same regulations as Canadian broadcasters and cable operators, even if they offer comparable products and services. This allows Netflix to do business in Canada without contributing to the funding of Canadian programming or being required to offer a minimum amount of made-in-Canada content.

    The federal government and the CRTC must step in to address the lack of regulation of global digital players like Netflix.

  • CUPE calls on federal Liberals to step up to ensure adequate health care funding

    As health ministers from across Canada meet with the federal health minister to discuss a new Health Accord, CUPE calls on the federal Liberal government to step up and ensure adequate funding for hospitals and health care in Canada by boosting the Canada Health Transfer (CHT).

    “Our federal government needs to step up to the plate and reverse the cuts to health care funding the Harper government set in motion,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “To miss this opportunity to improve health care funding would be a disaster for Canadians who have already seen cuts to health care under the current funding system.”

    “We need a national pharmacare program to help Canadians deal with ever-increasing drug costs, and we need adequate standards of care from coast to coast,” said Hancock. “These necessary improvements will never happen if the federal government does not come to the table with improved funding. And that funding should come with strings attached for the provinces, to stop privatization and eliminate user fees in our public health care system.”

    “Our members are on the front lines delivering health care across Canada, and they have seen the result of funding restraint,” said Hancock. “The results have been a push to privatize, introduce user fees and cut programs or contract out services – all of which have a negative impact on the quality of care.”

    At a minimum, CUPE is calling for a six per cent funding escalator to maintain existing programs and protect public health care, a commitment to uphold the principles of the Canada Health Act and stop violations of the Act by charging patients thousands of dollars in user fees for diagnostics and surgeries, and real progress and a timetable for a national pharmacare program, and improvements to home care and continuing care.