Our Next General Membership Meeting will be on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 5 pm in the Admirals Room at the Ajax Community Centre
Congratulations your agreement has been ratified .The vote was ratified with 93 % support.
The Bargaining Team wishes to thank all the members who took the time review the agreement and to come out to vote at one of the sessions. Especially those members that were on vacation.
We will be updating everyone with more information in the upcoming days.
Your Bargaining Team
Jeff Van Pelt
C.U.P.E 54 Members
We will be holding a Special Membership Meeting in the coming days, to update everyone on the status of Negotiations. Please watch your email, our website cupe54.com and workplace bulletin boards for the date and time of the meeting. We will try and accommodate all work schedules.
In the interest of full transparency from your executive we want to ensure that you the membership have all the information and not just what the employer has sent out. Your employer had agreed to meet to bargain on June 13th and then on arrival refused to negotiate. Your Union was forced into a position to have to file for a No Board Report with the Ministry of Labor. There are a number of things that can happen during this process, including a Strike Vote. We will elaborate more at the meeting.
At the Special Membership meeting, we will explain how we ended up in Conciliation and how that process went. We will talk about the difficulties trying to negotiate with a hostile employer who has attempted to undermine your bargaining team. We will update you on the hours of work agreement and how your employer refused to even bargain or allow the union any input on.
During Negotiations your bargaining team has been supporting all members of local 54, trying to get an agreement that benefits all. That has always been our goal. Your employer has continually tried to institute language that affects only one group. We cannot achieve a superior collective agreement without your support. Please come to the Special membership meeting to get more information and have any questions answered.
Regarding the employers email giving information that is supposed to be kept confidential until a deal is reached, this is the employer further trying to undermine the negotiations process. It’s very unprofessional and shows a lack of integrity on their part. Further more it sets back labour relations and fosters an increased lack of trust between the membership and the employer.
C.U.P.E 54 Negotiations Team
See attached link on the 2018 CUPE convention.
On Friday May 11, 2018 your Bargaining Committee is meeting with the employer.
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Our Next General Membership Meeting will be on May 16,2018
At the Ajax Community Centre
Lots of UPDATES- Nominations and Elections of Vacant Positions
Please see attached flyer for information on April 28,2018 Day of Mourning
Bargaining Update # 3 – Local 54
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As you will know from the employer’s reaction to some of our bargaining updates, it is time for a neutral third party to get involved and help us move the bargaining process forward. This is a natural part of the bargaining process and can be initiated by either side. Consequently, we have applied for a process under the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA) known as conciliation.
Conciliation will be our next phase of bargaining. When a union and an employer cannot reach settlement at the table on their own, which is the case here, either party can ask that a conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour attend bargaining to try and help each side reach a settlement.
We are attempting to schedule our next bargaining dates with the conciliator recently appointed by the Ministry of Labour. Those dates are likely to fall near the end of April or early May. Given that we are entering this phase, there are other scenarios that we must consider, and prepare for, as a group.
At any point in the conciliation period the union or the employer can request what is called a “no-board report” if they believe that negotiations are at an impasse. Once the no-board has been requested it is usually filed by the Ministry of Labour within three-five business days. It will then be issued to the union and the employer. Seventeen days from the receipt of the no-board, both sides will be in a legal strike or lockout position. This does not mean that a strike or lockout automatically occurs after 17 days, it just means that either side has the option. No matter which side has requested the no-board, once the deadline has passed either side can declare a legal work stoppage.
Of course, we hope that it will not come to this, but we want to make sure everyone understands the process as we move forward. The bargaining committee still believes that we can reach a deal that works for both sides with the help of a conciliator, but we must prepare for the possibility of job action.
To that end, we are in the process of organizing strike prep training for local union members. Please watch for further communications of those dates when they are set. If you are interested in being on the strike committee and/or in attending the strike training, please email Recording Secretary Katie Carpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A strike or lockout is not imminent, but the earlier we can prepare for the possibility, the better position we will be in to support our bargaining committee.
Your bargaining committee
Linda Merkac- Cupe National Rep
Good Day Fellow Cupe Members
This is to inform everyone that an important General Membership Meeting will take place at the Ajax Community Centre on Thursday March 8th in the Admirals Room at 5 pm
We will be Nominating and Electing a Mobilization Team.
More information will follow.
Hope to see everyone