Please join us in person or on zoom for our monthly General Member's Meeting (GMM).
To join on zoom, you have to register by 3:00pm (1500) on April 20, 2023.
Register in advance for this meeting:
DATE: Wednesday April 19, 2023
TIME: 8:00am & 11:00AM & 3:00pm & 6:00pm & 9:00PM
PLACE: In Person ONLY @ Garson Arena (Upper Hall)
100 Church Street, Garson, ON
Regarding the integration of the Housing unit.
The Housing Unit will be voting on their integration to the Inside and Outside units.
Please join us every third Thursday of the month for our GMM, where all members are welcome. Come learn about what the Union is doing for you and bring ideas for how we can better serve our members.
Please note that you have to register before 5:30pm on the day of the meeting if you plan to attend online.
To participate you must be a 'Member in Good Standing', if you're unsure if you're a member in good standing contact the union hall.
CUPE 4705 Elections last week and we're proud to present the next term's representatives!
--Watch your mailbox next week for your opportunity to provide input into our next CBA!
Elections are underway, check your home mail box (Canada Post) for your ballot. Online voting will commence November 10, 2022 till midnight November 16, 2022.
Check the home page for a list of candidates, the candidates page located in the same place and make sure you talk with your fellow members to encourage them to vote as well. This upcoming term is vitally important to all members so please ensure your vote is counted.
Should you have any questions, for example you didn't receive your ballot, please contact the chief returning officer for advise on what to do next.
Currently in discussions with the paramedic services management team regarding their use of Community Paramedics Limited Full Time for Funded Projects. Ref Article 11:01 (5)(f)
The members wholeheartedly support the excellent work the Community Paramedics do both in COVID days and going forward. The union realizes how complex acquiring funding to continue using Community Paramedics is and that funding isn't always available. ES leadership has done a fantastic job with continuing to apply and be granted funding to keep these projects going for the last 6+ years. The citizens benefit in terms of keeping vital emergency response times lower. AOD is lower as a result as well. The benefits are numerous and we feel funding will continue. Nonetheless, the acquisition of this funding is a management function and the approvals ultimately coming from the taxpayers and city council also a management function. Your union provides the expertise and professionals to which we (all of you) have done in stellar fashion! It's time for these members including those who backfill for Community Paramedics to be compensated accordingly to the terms of our CBA.
With that said your Union leadership is has taken the position to enforce the terms of the CBA under Article 11:01(5)(f) Where a Limited position is funded wholly/partially on an external third party (e.g. Fednor, HRDC, RBC) and the duration of the Limited position is expected to go beyond the limits contained in Article 11:01(5), the Employer may post the Limited position for a maximum of two (2) years. Notwithstanding any other Article, a Temporary Employee who has accepted a Limited posting will not be considered for any other Limited posting unless the other Limited posting is posted within thirty (30) calendar days of the expiration of the current Limited posting they occupy or by mutual consent of the Parties hereto, provided the Employer provides the Union with prior notice of the expected duration, scope and duties.
For the above noted reasons, the Union cannot consent to the continued use of Community Paramedics in Limited Positions past negotiated terms and believe the time is now for any member working as a Community Paramedic to be deemed Permanent Full Time. This also opens positions on the emergency front for our part time to be promoted to full time and fairly receive their rightful benefits as a result.
This is simply an update of what is coming down the pipe. It's not a decision any union leader has made, rather a simple enforcement of the CBA as we go through the process that was negotiated. If you have questions or concerns please contact Rick to discuss.
Chair Inside Unit
This is a great program that was established pre-covid. Unfortunately, the list isn't current and we are looking to re-engage with the vendors to ensure discounts are honored. Please let us know through this site of any vendor not honoring the discount. While they no longer are obligated due to the time that has gone by, we certainly don't want to keep the vendor on our website. Having said that, we'll simply make a note on the site for the benefit of our members and make attempts to get the discount back before removing their name. Thanks for you patience.
If you know of a business that is willing to provide a discount for our members and be added to this website, please contact the office at 705 560 4705. Thanks!