The following Provincial Benefits Package was voted on and approved at the General Membership Meeting in 2016. The attached spreadsheet compares the current benefits plan with the upcoming benefits plan which will come into effect September 2017. Blue Cross will remain as the carrier.
This post will be moved under the tab “Resources” in February 2017.
CUPE Local 3523
Past President’s Message from Wendy Johnson:
2017 brings not just a new year but also several changes to CUPE Local 3523.
I have made the decision to retire. As my term as President does not end until November 2017, Vice President David Tether will step in as Interim President for the next few months. Dave has a great deal of Union experience, having served several terms as Vice President. Our members will be in very good hands.
It has been my honour to represent every member of this Union and uphold the terms of our Collective Agreement while striving to improve working conditions, not just for current members but all who will follow.
Treena Harley, past Recording Secretary, has moved on to a new and exciting position outside of CUPE. We wish Treena the very best in her new role.
As always, if any member has a question or concern, please contact your Shop Steward of call the Union office. Contact information for Stewards is posted on this website.
The Union has heard from Clerical staff several times that there is a rumour going around that the extra weeks of work during the last week of August/first week of July are not pensionable.
THIS IS NOT TRUE. All hours worked by employees who are participating in the Municipal Pension Plan are considered pensionable.
The Union is increasingly being asked by Clerical staff how overtime hours should be recorded. The answer is simple – ALL overtime should be reported on your time sheet. Overtime for full time (7 hours/day) Clerical staff begins after 7 hours in one day. If a member is assigned less than 7 hours per day, overtime begins only after having worked 7 hours in one day. Hours between those assigned and a full 7 hours in one day are considered extra hours at straight pay, and cannot be banked. Only hours worked after 7 hours in one day can be banked.
Being paid for overtime hours or banking the hours is the individual’s choice. If anyone chooses to be paid for overtime (at 1.5 times your wage rate), simply enter the overtime hours in the appropriate column on your time sheet. If you choose to bank the hours for use as time off at a future date, write BO (bank overtime) beside the overtime hours entry on your time sheet. If you do not indicate that you wish to bank the overtime, you will be paid out on the next pay period.
Throughout the years, members were working overtime and recording their extra time on sheets kept “in house” and not recorded on their time sheets. This is a violation of our Collective Agreement; overtime is a right that your Union has fought hard for and continues to defend to ensure that members are paid properly for their work. In addition, many members were accepting hour for hour for time worked, when overtime should be 1.5 times regular pay. Please don’t cheat yourself out of what you have rightfully earned!
Administrators are well aware of how their employees should record overtime. A memo from HR was sent out last week to Administrators (as every year) explaining that overtime must be properly recorded on bi-weekly time sheets.
If anyone is instructed not to record overtime hours on their time sheet, please contact the Union immediately.
If any member uses their personal vehicle to transport students during their work day, they should have business coverage on their vehicle insurance. This coverage will ensure that you are protected in the case of an accident.
Several questions about extended health benefits were brought forward at March’s General Meeting.
Once a member retires, school district benefits cease. Retirees can join an extended health benefits plan offered by the Municipal Pension Plan upon retirement. Payment for benefits is deducted from the retiree’s monthly pension amount. Information is available about retirement benefits on the MPP website.