July 3 newsletter

CUPE 1144 Newsletter: July 03, 2018


(1) Employer not honouring memorandum of settlement

(2) lunchtime rally on Friday, July 06

(3) your rights when meeting with management

(4) reporting attendance management program

(1) Employer Not Honouring Memorandum of Settlement

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a memorandum of settlement (MOS) for a renewed collective agreement with St. Joseph’s in April 2018. As per the terms of the MOS, St. Joseph’s was to implement the terms of the agreement in June 2018. Unfortunately, St. Joseph’s has cited the upcoming merger as the reason why they are delaying implementing the MOS. Aside from wage increases and retroactive pay, here are other important gains which the Employer has stated they will not implement until after the merger:

  • Protections against workplace violence
  • Increased supplemental parental leave
  • Workers maintaining seniority rights even when off on disability
  • Ability to address workload issues

Please visit CUPE’s bulletin boards or see email that was sent out last week, to read the exchange we have had with the Employer about their explanation to not honour the MOS.

(2) Lunchtime Rally on Friday, July 06

The Union and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE are hoping management will reconsider their decision. We are holding a lunchtime rally on Friday, July 06 to alert the community and to put pressure on the hospital to re-think their decision.

Join us on your lunch break anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to let management know they must respect workers and the bargaining process!

(3) Your Rights When Meeting with Management

Management sometimes ask members to meet without the presence of a Union representative. In these cases, Management may state the nature of the meeting is not disciplinary and that a Union representative is unnecessary. Regardless, members are encouraged to ask Management the following questions prior to any meeting with them:

  • Can the nature of this meeting lead to discipline in any way?
  • May I have a representative from CUPE 1144 present at the meeting?

You are encouraged to contact the Union to inform us of the nature of the meeting regardless of whether you believe any discipline may result.

(4) Reporting Attendance Management Program

Have you received a letter indicating that you have been placed on an Attendance Management Program?

If so, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) would like to hear from you. Please take a moment to fill out this form on http://cupehospitals.ca/surveys and a Union representative will contact you.

Please visit https://www.ochu.on.ca/ for more details.