OSBCU – Income Support Information

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Be advised, we recognize this may result in more questions however we are committed to provide you the most up to date information as it is provided to us from OSBCU via personal email, facebook and on our webpage.
Unfortunately we still do not have all the answers and awaiting further direction. This is a very unsettling time for everyone but please be patient. 
Sent on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton
Officials from the Ministry of Education have given us as much assurance as possible that CUPE education workers will continue to be paid throughout the school closures. However, CUPE has provided the attached documents and the link and they may be helpful to members who are temporary and casual workers. They may also be relevant to friends and family members who have experienced layoffs.
CLICK HERE to view CUPE background information Re: Federal income support announcements.

OTIP Retirement Seminar – Cancelled

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Please be advised to OTIP Retirement Seminar scheduled for CUPE 4222 members on Thursday April 23, 2020 has been CANCELLED. Alternate options are being explored such as session webinars and once arrangements have been made, registered participants will be notified of their options. We will look to have this event rescheduled for a later date.

CUPE 4222 Graduation Award

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Once again we are pleased to offer high school graduates of CUPE 4222 members a Graduation Award for the 2019- 2020 school year!
All CUPE 4222 members children are eligible for the award upon graduation from any recognized Educational institution in Canada.
CLICK HERE to review Criteria for Graduation Award
CLICK HERE for Graduation Award Application Form

CUPE EWBT: COVID-19 update

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Posted on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton

An update on travel, insurance and COVID-19 for CUPE EWBT members
(As of March 20, 2020)
With the COVID-19 situation developing rapidly, you may be wondering about the impact on your benefits coverage under the CUPE EWBT. Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know.

Travel
Prime Minister Trudeau has confirmed that Canada and the U.S. will temporarily restrict border crossings, urging Canadians who are abroad to return home and actively discouraging any non-essential travel. Anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter the country. If you have booked travel arrangements, please contact your travel agent – many providers are offering full refunds or re-bookings at no charge. It’s important to understand that the travel situation may change at any time.

Benefits coverage
Canada Life – Claims related to COVID-19 or claims incurred during travel to a country with travel advisory warnings will be treated like any other claim under your plan. Canada Life will cover medical treatments related to the initial medical emergency in accordance with their plan provisions, as well as follow-up treatment if you are unable to get home prior to the end of your trip due to quarantine (provided you are not refusing to be evacuated).

There is no coverage for incidental expenses such as hotels, meals and/or cost of missed flights if you are quarantined as a preventative measure.

At this point, we do not anticipate an impact on member service; however, this could change in the future, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

Read this communication from Canada Life for more details and resources.

Benefits administration
OTIP – If there are any disruptions and you are unable to complete an enrolment, life event change, etc., please contact OTIP for assistance at 1-866-783-6847 or
CupeBenefits@otip.com, as some flexibility will be provided in these difficult times.

If you are retiring, please contact OTIP (you may be able to convert your life insurance to an individual policy). Please note that, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the OTIP Benefits Services Call Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

CUPE EWBT updates
Rest assured, we are closely monitoring this situation as it develops. Please continue to check our website regularly.

OSBCU – Health & Safety Question/Answer Sheet

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Posted on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton
Please view links below containing Health & Safety Question and Answer sheet that was prepared for OSBCU members by Paul Sylvestre, National H&S Rep.  This information should be shared with all your members.  As well we have included a screening checklist.  It is highly recommended that the screening checklist be used should anyone be coming into your workplace during this pandemic.
CLICK HERE to view Health & Safety Question/Answer Sheet
CLICK HERE to view Screening Checklist

OSBCU Bulletin Re: Facebook Live

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Posted on behalf of OSBCU President, Laura Walton
Please find attached a bulletin summarizing our successful Facebook Live that was held last night on our OSBCU Facebook page.
As we continue to navigate our way through these unprecedented times, the OSBCU remains committed to using as the many avenues at our disposal to ensure that information is getting out to our 55000 members throughout the province.
We appreciate that these are very uncertain times for our members, our leaders, and our families.  We will be continuing to advocate for our members with the Ministry of Education and will share outcomes and information as it becomes available.
Thank you to everyone for the patience and understanding.  It is during times like these where it is clear that working together to achieve what is best for our members and our communities is so important.
CLICK HERE to view OSBCU Bulletin.

SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION

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*IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: SCHOOL CLOSURE*

There is lots of information below, please take the time to review it carefully!

10 month Unit B & Unit D employees will apply for EI over March Break as usual and indicate return to work for March 23, 2020. Members will be paid regular wages by TVDSB from March 23 – April 3, 2020.

12 month Unit B clerical employees will be paid from March 16 – April 3, 2020. There is an expectation that members are willing and able to work should the need arise.
Payroll staff – will be provided laptops to work from home. Staff will be required to confirm payroll at the Education Centre on an as needed basis.
Custodial and Maintenance – will continue to work over March Break as usual conducting deep cleaning measures and fulfilling work orders. A full system shut down will be implemented effective March 23 – April 4, 2020 and members will be paid. There is an expectation that members are willing and able to work should the need arise and in the event of an emergency, on-call situation as is normal protocol.
Education Centre and Leathorne Facilities will remain open but with a skeleton staff load from March 16 – April 4, 2020. Staff requirements have yet to be determined by Custodial/Maintenance Supervisors based on need. Information will be provided ASAP.
Information Technology – will work remotely. There is an expectation that members are willing and able to work should the need arise.
Community Use and Childcare Centres operating in TVDSB facilities will be CLOSED & permits CANCELLED immediately until April 5, 2020.

Information provided by TVDSB:

· All permanent staff members will be paid from March 23 – April 4, 2020
· LTO’s and LTA’s will be paid for the remainder of the LTO/LTA assignment. Start and end dates for LTO/LTAs during the system closure will remain in place
· Pre-booked casual staffing (CUPE and teaching) will be paid during this period (March 23 – April 4,2020)
· Occasional Teachers and Occasional Support staff will not be paid during the closure if not prearranged. If you have an assignment that has not reached LTO or LTA status, the closure period will not impact your days towards reaching LTO/LTA status
· Staff members on an approved medical leave will continue to have deductions from illness/short-term disability days and follow the regular reporting and documentation processes for abilities and wellness.
· Staff members on approved WSIB the Board will continue to provide a continuance of wages.
· Staff members on approved maternity, parental or adoption (or other statutory leaves), will continue on these leaves and no amendments will be made to the dates. For those leaves entitled to Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB), records of employment will continue to be electronically processed to Service. Canada. Please continue to submit your documentation for any statutory leave through Laserfiche leave requests in the employee portal as per normal process.

· Upon requests to HR, other unpaid and paid employee leaves will be cancelled during the system closure period. There will be no deduction from absence accounts.

THIS IS A FLUID SITUATION AND CHANGING RAPIDLY. AS UPDATES ARE PROVIDED, WE WILL KEEP YOU ALL POSTED VIA PERSONAL EMAIL AND FACEBOOK POSTS.

Please be aware: The CUPE 4222 Office will be CLOSED as of 4 pm Friday March 13, 2020. Executive members can be reached via cell phone and email. All contact information can be found at www.cupe4222.ca under the “Contact Us” tab. Telephone messages and emails will be answered remotely. If you have Unit specific questions please contact your Unit Vice President for clarification.