A message from the President: Re – School Closure Announcement

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Please see below a debriefing provided by OSBCU following a Town Hall call discussing the recent announcement by the Ford Government to close schools for 2 weeks due to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic. As you can see, it appears the messages are vastly different from the initial announcement released earlier today causing for increased frustrations.

While this news is disheartening, we strongly believe our members are being unjustly treated but we must await clarification from TVDSB as to the impact of the closure across the Valley. OSBCU is working diligently to devise a plan to support members and local leadership to ensure our interests are not ignored.

We remain optimistic that the TVDSB will recognize the importance of safety measures for ALL staff members, not just a select few. We anticipate an announcement from the employer by tomorrow afternoon providing further direction on the impact to CUPE 4222 members.

We understand there are many questions, lots of speculation and rumours but we appreciate your patience as we work through this, its been an unexpected whirlwind of activity for many this evening. As updates are provided to us they will be shared via personal email, website and our Facebook page.

In Solidarity,
Victoria Toulouse
CUPE 4222 President

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What we know? (as provided by OSBCU President, Laura Walton)
  • Classes are cancelled
  • Permanent employees and those in Long Term Occasional positions will be paid, it is unclear if casual workers will receive pay
  • Childcare programs and day cares are not covered by this announcement – it will be up to individual boards to determine whether day care, extended day and childcare programs will continue to run.  This may result in our custodial/caretaker staff being required to clean these spaces
  • Education Centres, Administration Buildings may remain open – again this is a local school board decision – the Ministry has asked that there be communications be available for the parents and public.  This may result in our clerical staff being required to report to work or being asked to work in an alternative location.
  • Permits and Community Use of Schools may be continuing – again this is another local school board decision and may impact our members.
  • Closures extend to adult learning, ESL and ISL programs – it is our understanding that permanent members from these programs will also be paid.
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Columbia Warehouse Invitation

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We are pleased to announce that Columbia Warehouse has extended another invitation to CUPE 4222 members beginning February 28 – March 22, 2020.
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.

Social Committee Event – Top of the Fair

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Once again, the Social Committee has been busy planning another great adult event for the membership. We hope you’ll join us!
TOP OF THE FAIR
DINNER & LIVE HORSE RACING
 
When: Friday February 14, 2020 @ 6pm
Where: Western Fair District
Cost: $10/Members
$20/Retirees  $30/Guest
Please CLICK HERE for the flyer!
Funds can be sent through the mailbag, or e-transfer to: financialcupe4222@gmail.com
using password: topoffair
WE MUST HAVE THE COMPLETED FORM REGARDLESS OF PAYMENT OPTION
Registration closes January 31, 2020 @ 4pm
This is a first come, first serve event – first 50 registrants only!

Awards of Distinction 2020

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The Award of Distinction is an annual recognition given by the Thames Valley District School Board to students, staff, volunteers and all individuals who have made significant contributions at a system or school level.
Nominations are now being accepted
CLICK HERE to view Awards of Distinction Criteria
CLICK HERE for Individual nomination package
CLICK HERE for Group nomination package (2 or more participants)
Completed nomination packages must be submitted by Monday February 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.to the Award of Distinction Selection Committee c/o Sherry Tines, Trustees Office.
  • Packages can be sent by board courier or dropped off at the board office
  • Emailed to s.hines@tvdsb.ca
  • Faxed to 519.452.2396
Completed nomination packages consist of 3 parts
  • Completed nomination form must be signed by the nominator
  • A nomination letter that describes why you are making the nomination and how the nominee meets the selection criteria (based on the Boards Mission, Vision and Commitments)
  • Supporting material – you may submit up to 10 pages (front and back) of supporting materials

Additionally, letters of Support can be submitted from colleagues, students, community representatives.

Congratulations again to the CUPE 4222 members acknowledged for this award in 2019

December General Membership Meeting

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Please CLICK HERE to view the REVISED Notice of General Membership Meeting scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2019 beginning at 9:30 am, held at our office. As this is our last meeting prior to the holiday break, goodies and coffee will be served beginning at 9:00 am.

 

Proposed changes to the CUPE 4222 By-Laws will be presented including electronic/online voting. We cannot move forward with the business of the local without your participation.

 

We’re also holding an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest if we get quorum. Bring along a fellow CUPE 4222 member, wear your ugliest seasonal attire for a chance to win a prize. CLICK HERE for further details.

 

Also accepting Nomination for: Financial Officer

ALL POSITONS TO THE TERM ENDING JUNE 2021

To accept a nomination a member must meet eligibility requirements
(By-Laws Sect. 11, 11.2, b) and be present OR
have a letter of willingness to stand on file with the Secretary

 

 

Sign Workshop

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Registrations due Friday – Don’t delay! 
Sign Workshop
When: Sunday December 1, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.
Where: CUPE 4222 Office

Cost:
$25 per member
$40 per non member
PARTICIPANTS MUST REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
WITH A PICTURE OF PREFERRED PHOTO FROM ALBUM
Payment can be sent to the CUPE 4222 office or by e-transfer to:
financialcupe4222@gmail.com use password: WORKSHOP
 
If your name on the e-transfer does not match your name in the TVDSB directory please include your name in the comments section

Registration closes November 22, 2019

Limited spots – First come, first serve

CUPE 4222 – Children’s Christmas Party

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Registrations due today – Don’t delay! 
 
 
CLICK HERE for the Children’s Christmas Party Flyer:
Saturday December 7, 2019 beginning at 10:30 am at White Oaks Public School. Lunch provided followed by a special visit from Santa and his elves!
$10 per family
Includes: Pizza, beverages, dessert and swimming at South London Community Pool
Deadline for registration: November 20, 2019
Please submit forms AND payment ASAP
Payment can be sent via etransfer to
 financialcupe4222@gmail.com use password: Christmas
(If your name on the e-transfer does not match your name in the TVDSB directory, please include your name in the comments section of e-transfer)
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Volunteers welcome to help make this event a great success! Community service hours will be provided to high school students for graduation requirements.

Columbia Warehouse Invitation – November 2019

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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

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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

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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.