February 2nd, 2019 ~ GMM
- Exec meeting attendance:
December 22/19 – No Quorum
– In attendance: Kathi, Roland, Greg, Carl, Steve, Kyle, Kathleen, Sanjay, Parminder, Michelle, Rashpal, Roland, Ajay, Todd, Nancy (left at 10:00)
Absent: Cathy (Family Care)
- As many of you know I will not be re-offering for the position of Local President in the April elections. I would like to offer my thanks to all that have worked so hard to grow and support our local during my term as President. I appreciate all the help you have given to both me and all of those in our local, without your help and support I could not have done what I needed to do as your local President. I came in with a personal mandate to help redirect and strengthen our local and for the most part I believe we have achieved those goals. There are still areas where there is more work to be done, but I believe we are moving in the right direction. It is important to support others, by my stepping aside I will be giving someone else the opportunity to fill the role of local President and add their own strengths to our local. I look forward to helping and supporting whoever takes on the position.
- Negotiations Update:
The latest bulletin that came out on January 25/19 lists the items that will be brought before future meetings with the Arbitrator. Our union and the employer have agreed on Interest arbitration rather than Final Offer Selection, with the Arbitrator’s support. This means that we will have the opportunity to bring forward each of our positions to the Arbitrator with the hope of reaching settlements that are a better suited to both parties rather than the imposing of only one side.
The legislation stated that the arbitration should be done within 90 days of the appointment of the Arbitrator but with the hot button topics brought forward we may see an application to extend the arbitration process. Any extensions would have to be up to the Minister to decide on. What this means for all of us is that we may see a final decision this spring, or it may extend further into the year. Please keep yourselves informed by checking your union bulletin boards at your workplace or by going to cupw.ca
- There has been a lot of chatter about working safe from cpc lately. I would like to remind everyone that they have a right to SAFE WORK, and an obligation to themselves to work safely when that safe work is not available. What we are now seeing is a lot of work being done on what the accidents are but the reasons for the accidents, near misses, etc., are not clearly being identified in many cases. It is easy to say and accident happened because someone was rushing, but the questions need to be asked as to why that person was rushing. The employer seems to be committed to providing a safer workplace, given the amount of information and floor talks being given, but until we can get the employer and their management team to realize that SAFE WORK comes at a cost we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves. Please do not allow fear of corporate punishment or increased workload the following day make you risk your safety. Before you take a chance and risk yourself and possibly impact the rest of your life, please think twice. If you are struggling with making a safe choice and having a supervisor be unreasonable about it, please contact a shop steward for help.
- Attached is an email I sent out to all EMPP Shop Stewards and Activists regarding the trading of duties.
In Respect and Solidarity,
I have been getting reports that CPC is telling workers that trades will no longer be done. Shift 3 Parcels seems to be the only shift and section that is actively telling workers that ability to trade duties has stopped and they are telling workers that “the union” agreed.
This has not been consulted on or agreed to by anyone in this local. In August JB(Jhanda Bal – Acting Director for Edmonton) and Ryan (Ryan Mior – CPC Human Resources Business Partner) sent Rashpal (Rashpal Sehmby – CUPW Edmonton Local Health and Safety Officer) and I an email telling us that they were going to notify all workers that as of mid-September all trades would stop. Rashpal and I discussed this with them during our September Labour/Management meetings and told them stopping trades was not a good idea and listed many reasons why. I have lately followed up with further emails on the issue of them stopping trades and again listed the issues with stopping them.
In our latest Labour/Management meeting, January 22nd, Rashpal and I again raised the subject of trades and were told that they had a plan for dealing with them. I have requested a consult on their “plan” for trades as I believe that if they are changing the past practice of work and rotation of duties for us then it should be fully discussed with representatives that would be impacted by the change.
If cpc decides to go ahead with their policy that will impact the way trades are done, or if they stop them all together, please let me know so that I can again address the issue with them, I also encourage you to use your right to complain under article 9.07 and file a grievance.
As I have stated to cpc time and again, it is the position of this office that trades should be allowed. Any issues that seem to arise with trading of duties seem to be due to the mismanagement of these trades, not with the workers that make the trades to self-accommodate for many personal reasons.
Please share this info with your co-workers.