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
Members of Local 54,
As you are aware, we have been meeting with the employer to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Today was the ninth-time meeting, doing our very best to negotiate an agreement that is fair for both parties. This has and remains our goal. Unfortunately, today, the Union was left with no other choice but to file for conciliation. This decision was not taken lightly or made in haste. We feel as though the employer has left us no other choice.
From the very beginning the Union has been committed to listening to our members, bringing forth the issues you told us were most important, all the while making sure we were being fair and respectful to the employer and the process. We do not feel as though the employer is showing the union or the process the same respect.
The union has made considerable movement from our original position, we do not feel as the employer is making similar movement. They are refusing to allow us to further our position on items that are of no financial cost to the employer, as well they have completely removed proposals that we were very close on, stating they will deal with it in another way, specifically quoting corporate policies.
At one point the employer would not even sit with us to deliver their latest proposals, they just handed it through the door and said it would be self explanatory. This is frustrating to say the least, which is why we made the decision to file for conciliation.
What the employer is offering is not in line with what other municipalities in the area have successfully negotiated. Still, they do not seem to be looking at what our priorities are with respect.
We will continue to keep you updated and will see the process through with the same resolve we started with. With the support of our members behind us we will be successful.
Local 54 Negotiating Team
The Next Bargaining Dates are January 26, 29, and 30th
Please wear your Stand Tall for All T-Shirts
If you are unable to wear it please show it off
Thank you for all your support
Just wanted to update the membership with respect to the announcement by the Town that the benefits provider is changing to Sun Life effective January 1st. The Town has the legal right to switch the employee benefit provider.
Vice President Lorrie Neuman and myself met with Nicole Prosper,Fay Calliste and our new Benefits and Compensation Specialist Will Campbell on November 28th. reviewing line by line the details of the Sun Life policy. All our coverage remains the same.There are some differences in the Reasonable and Customary (R&C) coverage between Great West Life and Sun Life.
It is our recommendation that members print their coverage history and any drug claims from 2017 (for any drugs that are recurring). We alsorecommend that employees keep a copy of any predetermination notices. Once the switch is made to Sun Life, we will not have access to the Great West Life website to see the history of our claims. We need employees to have proof that Great West Life was covering their drugs if Sun Life suddenly denies coverage. Likely the area that will have the greatest number of issues is the drug benefits. Also, it should be noted that all balances where there is a lifetime maximum will transfer from Great West Life to Sun Life. We don’t start back at $0 for any benefit that has a running total. This includes eye wear and dental.
Once the switch to Sun Life occurs any issues should be brought to the attention of Will Campbell 905-619-2529 extension 3378.The Town is responsible for ensuring that the switch to Sun Life is seamless. If the Town refuses to correct the problem, that is when the issue is brought to the attention of the Executive.
We will keep you updated
Just a reminder Wear or Show your Bargaining T-Shirts on December 7th and 8th.
The Bargaining Team will be back at the table these two dates
Thank you for the support
Stand Tall for All
November 13th, 14th, 17th, 22nd,23rd and 24th commences our Bargaining.
The Bargaining Committee will be bargaining with the employer on these days.
Please wear your T-Shirts on these days. If you cannot wear them make sure they are visible on your chair or by your desk.
It is important to wear them on these days to show solidarity
We are stronger when united
Are you unsure about Joining the Cupe Local 54? Attached is a flyer about frequently asked questions when thinking about joining a union
We are having an Information session Wednesday November 8th at 2 pm - 4 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm at Ajax Legion, 111 Hunt Street, Ajax Ontario
Food will be provided! Come and meet representatives of CUPE 54 (Town of Ajax) , a CUPE Part-timer from Local 129 (City of Pickering) and a CUPE Lifeguard from Local 79 (City of Toronto
We look forward to seeing you there!
Find out what your Cupe Local 54 can do for you. Improve your working conditions.
Part-time employees are valuable and deserve benefits.
Joining a union is a legally protected right. The Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA) governs the relationship between unions and employer.
Join any session or ask any executive member or Cupe member .
Willing to answer any of your questions
See the attached flyer
Stand Tall Stand for ALL.
All members are invited to the Annual Holiday Dinner and General Membership Meeting on Thursday November 9th
Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
Location: The Edge Lounge
250 Bayly St W, Ajax, ON L1S 3V4
Meeting Agenda to follow
Food will be provided. Please RSVP by November 3rd to ensure enough food is ordered
Please bring a non perishable food item for the local food Bank
Receive your FREE Cupe Local 54 Union Swag and your Bargaining T-shirt
Hope to see everyone for quick meeting and some social cheer