CUPE Leadership endorses tentative deal

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Sent on behalf of OSBCU and CUPE:
To: Local Presidents and Executives, Bargaining Committees and Membership.
Leaders of CUPE education workers have approved the tentative agreement reached last Sunday between OSBCU-CUPE and the provincial government and CTA.
The leaders’ backing Saturday October 12, 2019 kicks off two weeks of ratification votes by members of 109 CUPE bargaining units across the province.
OSBCU and CUPE are recommending to members a good deal that has been approved by local leaders. We urge members who are voting in ratification votes over the next two weeks to vote “yes” on a deal that protects services and protects jobs.

Strike Averted: Tentative Deal Reached

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Posted on behalf of Laura Walton, President of OSBCU:
After a very long weekend, I am pleased to announce that your OSBCU bargaining committee has reached a tentative deal with the Ontario government and Council of Trustees Association.  There will be no strike tomorrow morning.  Members should report to work as per normal.
I cannot thank each of you enough for your mobilization efforts, support and messages of encouragement.  Your efforts and those of our allies helped your team push back the concessions proposed by the Ford Conservative government and the Trustees.
In the deal we reached, we secured a reinstatement of the local priorities fund, with a new investment of up to $20 million. This investment will improve services in schools by bringing back jobs that have been lost due to cuts.
We were able to retain our existing sick leave plan.  It was critical for us to be able provide that to our members.  I am proud that we were able to achieve that.
We were also able to achieve modest wage increases, and other things that we will go over with our members at their ratification meetings.
Further information will be coming shortly, including the details of the Leadership meeting and ratification plans.

Bargaining Update #13

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Please CLICK HERE to view a very important update from OSBCU regarding the current status of central negotiations.
As a reminder, of the services that CUPE members provide across the Province please CLICK HERE to view a handout provided by OSBCU.

Accommodations Survey

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As part of our extensive Strike planning and to best service the needs of our members we are cognisant that some members may not be able to participate in our strike efforts.
Individuals requiring accommodations or willing to conduct other duties please click on the following link:

Please note, survey responses will only be used by CUPE 4222 Executive members responsible for coordinating assignments and confidentiality maintained.

Picket Captains Needed!

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Now that our strike vote is complete and everyone understands the dire situation in which we find ourselves, we’re moving on to the next phase of our planning and preparing. In the event of a strike, we will need 130 strike captains which means – WE NEED YOU!
The role of a picket captain includes:
– represent the local on the picket line
– be the ‘leader’ of the picket line, inspire picketers, solve problems
– act as a liaison and help forward messages to members from the local
– ensure the safety of picketers
– distribute information flyers to individuals crossing the picket line
– ensure picketers sign in/out at each shift to ensure strike pay can be issued
Training opportunities may be available for Strike Captains if time permits.
If you are able to assist us in this capacity please email: secretarycupe4222@gmail.com or call the office at 519.453.4222.
Thank you to those of you who have already expressed interest in being a strike captain. We need to mobilize and ensure we’re adequately prepared. We’re all in this together!

CUPE Ontario: Communities, Not Cuts Campaign

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Today, CUPE Ontario launched a Province wide campaign called: Communities, Not Cuts which brings together public sector workers and communities in a fightback against the Ford Conservative government’s all out attack on Ontario’s public services and the workers who provide them.
CLICK HERE to view the media release.

Special Membership Meeting Notice: STRIKE VOTE

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Please CLICK HERE to view the REVISED: Notice of Special Membership Meeting being held Monday September 9, 2019 to discuss updates regarding this round of negotiations and conduct a STRIKE VOTE for Local and Central Bargaining.
Additional Strike Vote information is available HERE
All CUPE 4222 members, permanent and casual are strongly encouraged to attend this important meeting.
All members in attendance must sign-in by presenting photo ID and  TVDSB pay stub (available in employee portal)
We will also be starting to collect members banking information for direct deposit of Strike Pay. In order to register for this service a VOID personal cheque OR direct deposit form provided from your Financial Institution are required. This would be a perfect opportunity to submit that information.