UPDATE – MOVE TO PHASE 2 – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PHASE 2 WORK TO RULE; LEGAL RIGHTS INFO


SECRETARIAL – Report Card In-Service – after investigating this, we believe it is training. The instructions are clear – “Do not attend training”. You will still need to complete the report card setups at your office. Please do the best you can to complete this work in spite of the many interruptions that must slow you down. This remains our opinion.
In terms of signing cheques, if there are more than 2 signatories you should NOT sign cheques during work to rule. If there are ONLY 2 signatories, you can sign cheques.

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS – Clarification of previous instructions: EA’s who have always worked 7 hours should NEVER do general supervision. During Work to Rule Phase 2 – for lunch duty, yard duty, hall duty and stair duty – the EA’s who formerly worked 6.5 hours can supervise only students with special needs (so no general supervision for any EA’s at those times). Those EA’s who formerly worked 6.5 hours can perform general supervision for bus duty (up to 30 minutes daily).

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS – ONLY TO SUPERVISE FDK STUDENTS

*** If and when further strike action becomes necessary, it is critical that Strike Pay application has been completed and sent in to our office. All CUPE workers (including Noon Hour Assistants, Elementary School Student Supervisors) and all permanent and temporary (including casual) workers are eligible for strike pay. It will begin on the 10th day of the strike. You must have submitted the form and complete 20 hours of assigned picket duty in order to qualify. Feel free to contact the office if you have questions.

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OCT 1 UPDATE – CUSTODIAL– day 4 now, so most likely the hallways need sweeping to avoid a Health & Safety issue arising. Please remember to return to Work to Rule Instructions after that and do not sweep entrances – inside and outside until it becomes necessary for Health & Safety. Recent direction from OSBCC is that mats can be vacuumed. These directions apply to all custodians – day and afternoon, permanent, temporary and casual….

SECRETARIAL – Instruction was to not handle cash – this means all forms of payment, include banking entries.

LIBRARIANS – Book Fairs are not to happen (since instruction is to not handle money).

ECE’s – to supervise only FDK students.

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Hello all. As you know, we are in a legal strike position on central table issues. At this point we are not performing a total withdrawal of services. *** UPDATE *** – Sadly our provincial bargaining team has not reached a settlement at the Central table. They report some progress but no settlement. Therefore, as of September 29, 2015 Phase 2 will begin. Phase 2 means we will legally withdraw some of the services that we provide that are normally part of our job. The Phase 2 Instructions are posted below. If your specific role is not outlined, please read through all of them and follow the aspects that do apply to your role. I have also posted the Legal Rights info from CUPE….If you have questions or feel that you are being pressured to complete some of the work to rule duties outlined in Phase 2, please contact the office….

SOME CLARIFICATIONS on Phase 2 instructions for our board – As the front of the instructions say, “We will continue to ensure the safety of the children”. Most of the instructions refer to taking lunch with the other CUPE staff. For EA’s that is difficult, due to supervision needs for our students with special needs. Please do have the discussion with your supervisor and ask what alternate measures they can put in place for supervision of these students, so that we can follow the instructions. In terms of supervision – our EA’s who have always worked 7 hours should never be doing general supervision. EA’s who had the half hour increase can do up to half an hour daily of general supervision. If students are being used as volunteers for part of your supervision duties, please contact our office. In terms of why no sweeping of hallways for Custodians. The square footage formula used for staffing does not incorporate hallways. Therefore the hallways will not be swept (unless they become a Health & Safety issue) during Phase 2.

*** It is critical that we follow the parameters of the instructions sent to us by our provincial body. As long as we do that, we are legally performing work to rule strike actions. This is not easy, but we must follow the instructions and remain in solidarity with the rest of the 55,000 CUPE education workers across our province. We CAN make a difference in the ongoing negotiations. OUR JOBS DO MATTER. WE DO DESERVE RESPECT.

INSTRUCTIONS: PHASE 2 WORK TO RULE Final Sept 23 (2) (003)

LEGAL RIGHTS CLARIFICATION: PHASE 2 WORK TO RULE – September 28, 2015