Columbia Warehouse Invitation – November 2019


We are pleased to announce that Columbia Warehouse has extended another invitation to CUPE 4222 members beginning November 29 – December 8, 2019.
CLICK HERE for the Invitation

Members are welcome to bring up to 4 family members/friends to shop per visit. To gain access to the store please take the following with you:

1. Invitation letter – either printed or shown on a digital device
2. CUPE 4222 membership card OR your TVDSB paystub (found in employee portal)
3. A piece of personal photo ID

Members may access the Warehouse multiple times during the invitation period.
Additional printed copies are available in the office and posted on the CUPE 4222 Website.

OMERS – update


On November 14th the OMERS Sponsors Corporation Board will vote on a series of by-law changes that will fundamentally change the governance of OMERS, weakening the voices of workers’ and their unions. For a summary of those changes, click here. We have been informed only a simple majority vote (50%+1) is required to pass these changes.

In response, CUPE Ontario has taken action, demanding that, at the very least, the vote be deferred and full information about the proposed changes be provided. Late on Friday, in response to a letter signed by all OMERS Worker-side Sponsors, we were informed the vote has not been deferred.

We know if this vote goes ahead on November 14th and the governance changes pass, it will make it easier for OMERS to cut benefits like pension inflation protection (indexing) and early retirement. Last year, some at the OMERS SC Board failed in their attempt to reduce benefits and now seem to be trying to sneak through fundamental changes to how OMERS works so that they can cut our pensions in the future.

CUPE Ontario is asking you to take action to protect our collective representation at OMERS.

OMERS plan members and their unions deserve to be heard—it’s our pension and it’s our right to real representation. CUPE Ontario will be taking all actions necessary to protect our rights at OMERS and the plan benefits OMERS member rely on for their retirements. If the worker-side of OMERS stand united, we can defeat this attack.

Fill out your information in the form below to send OMERS a message: no backroom governance changes!

Click to Send OMERS a Message: No Backroom Governance Changes

Day of Action Rally – Jeff Yurek’s Office


After a 5 month recess, the Ontario Legislature is set to resume on Monday October 28, 2019. Please join OSSTF, area labour groups and CUPE 4222 at the ‘Day of Action Rally’ to welcome back MPP Jeff Yurek following an extended break.
CLICK HERE to view the event flyer
This is an excellent opportunity to participate locally, protest cuts to the Education sector and get involved.

Ratification Meeting – Notice of Special Membership


Please CLICK HERE to find the Notice of Special Membership Meeting 

Re: Ratification of Tentative Deal 
WHERE: Montcalm Secondary School, Auditorium (1350 Highbury Avenue London ON N5V 1B5)
WHEN: Saturday October 19, 2019 presentation beginning at 10:30 am
Doors will close at 12:30  pm
Members may drop in to vote anytime between 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
You must be present to vote – there is no online or proxy vote option

OSBCU School Board Coordinator Darcie McEathron-Morrison, will be in attendance to present the material and answer questions.

If you have not already reviewed Bargaining Update #14 highlighting details of the tentative deal, please CLICK HERE.

All members in attendance must sign-in and present a CUPE 4222 membership card or pay stub (available in employee portal)

CUPE Leadership endorses tentative deal


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


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


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.