STRIKE ACTION UPDATE – PHASE 1 & 2 TO CONTINUE

Following much debate and several survey questions on tonight’s OSBCC conference call, it was decided we will hold the line right now, continuing to follow Phase 1 & 2 Instructions. Our provincial team will be back at the table next week – October 27 and 28th. Provincial feels they are making progress. They have made some gains and are hopeful. Our team is prepared to remain at the table until they achieve a settlement. Should a settlement not be reached however, I will post info on the escalation of our strike actions.

We are hoping to sponsor an area Respect Rally in the very near future. Location and time will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. This will include members from our Local, the 2 Locals from TVDSB, the Local from Huron Perth and the Local from Kitchener.

Thank you so much for following Phase 1 & 2 Instructions. WORK TO RULE is not easy – but our provincial team states emphatically that our actions ARE making a difference at the bargaining table. ALL 55,000 CUPE workers across Ontario are following this plan. Please STAY STRONG and continue to follow Phase 1 & 2.

INFO & PICKET ASSIGNMENT APPLICATION FORM

PHASE 3 – Hopefully our provincial team will be successful next week in reaching a settlement. If not, we must be prepared for Phase 3 – which is rotating strikes. In order to help us ensure all planned picket locations are adequately covered, I am posting a Picket (Assignment) Application info sheet. We are asking that you fill it in and send back to us. As the form states, if we do not receive your preferences, you will be assigned through your family of schools. The form must be in by October 19th.

Copy of PICKET APPLICATION

OCTOBER 9,2015 – We remain in Phase 2. If the provincial team does not reach agreement next week, we will be looking at moving into Phase 3. Specific info regarding Phase 3 will be posted or sent out via robo call as soon as it is available.
In the meantime, please remember to continue to follow Phase 2 Instructions. If you have questions or concerns please contact us. Please note that all of the instructions we send out are from our Provincial organization. We do not make them up locally. When we voted to become part of the central bargaining process, we signed on for the long haul. We know this is not easy. It is in fact, legal Strike Action that we are involved in. We have not yet completely withdrawn our services. At this point, we are withdrawing only some of the many, many services we offer to this board. Please stay within the parameters of the instructions sheets. As long as you follow the instructions that have been posted on here, you are within your legal rights. DO NOT ADD to the instruction sheets or choose to not complete other duties not outlined.

IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING PRESSURED OR ARE DIRECTED BY YOUR SUPERVISOR TO PERFORM A TASK THAT YOU BELIEVE IS RESTRICTED DUE TO WORK TO RULE (WHICH I REMIND YOU AGAIN IS A LEGAL STRIKE ACTION) PLEASE REQUEST THE DIRECTION IN WRITING. PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY FOR FOLLUP ACTION ON THE PART OF THE UNION. As the bargaining update says – “THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO ASK AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY NO.”

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.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS WEBSITE AS I WILL BE UPDATING IT AS INFO BECOMES AVAILABLE.


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

STRIKE ACTION UPDATE

As previously stated, if our Provincial Bargaining is unable to achieve a settlement with the government at the Central table by midnight September 28th, we will be moving to Phase 2 of our legal strike action. I will post Phase 2 as soon as I receive instruction from the provincial team. Please check the website on Tuesday, September 29th….

Sending positive thoughts to our Provincial Team = Strength & Solidarity!!!! 12036926_10156121614665608_2653788057819326715_n

STRIKE PAY MEMORANDUM & APPLICATION

As you know, we are in a legal strike position for central bargaining. WORK TO RULE is to continue. The Instructions are listed below on this page…

Our provincial bargaining team has now had 8 days of bargaining with the government. They do not have a settlement. They do have 3 more dates to bargain – September 26, 27 & 28.

In order to be ready, should a work-stoppage strike become a reality, I have posted the “Strike Pay Application”. This does not mean we are walking out or striking right now. It does mean we need to be prepared in case work stoppage actions become a reality. The application must be filled out and sent to our office asap. We will forward them to CUPE National. Strike pay begins on the 11th day of a strike. In order to receive the $300, you must have completed the form, and you must complete 20 hours of picket duty a week. We do have several Picket Captains, but can always use more. Anyone interested in serving our Local as a Picket Captain please contact Andre King, our Strike Captain (k_king@bell.net)

I have uploaded a memorandum regarding Strike Pay and also the Strike Pay Application below. If you have questions feel free to contact me (519-860-4186) Should I need to contact the membership I will use the automated calls to members’ homes. The phone numbers we use are the provided to us by the employer. If you have changed your contact info and not notified them, we will not have the correct number either. Please send me any corrected info, so that we can reach you.

MEMORANDUM regarding Strike Pay
Memorandum to MEMBER 2 STRIKE PAY – September 2015

APPLICATION: Strike Pay Application Form

WORK TO RULE INSTRUCTIONS

As you know, we are in a legal strike position as of September 10, 2015. I am posting the Instructions for Work to Rule in the link below. It is really important that follow the instructions and act in solidarity with each other and all of the other 55,000 CUPE education workers in the province of Ontario. Our provincial Bargaining Committee has 5 more dates over the next week with the Government at the Central bargaining table. We need the government to step up and work with us to hammer out a collective agreement that is fair. We need them to respect our members and the important work we do!!!

We are NEGOTIATING TO SETTLE, and WE ARE PREPARED TO STRIKE!!!!!!!!

WORK TO RULE INSTRUCTIONS:
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Bargaining Update

MEDIA RELEASE – Education Workers plan job action forbegining of school year

CUPE will be in a legal strike position as of September 10th. No job action (work-to-rule, etc) will begin until that date. More specific info will be coming to your homes, as soon as it is available from OSBCC.

Solidarity Day – September 8 – members are asked to wear white shirts as a sign of our solidarity with each other…..

We WILL be in touch…. asap.