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November Membership Meeting

November 13 5:00-6:00pm McLeod Athletic Park Fieldhouse Stay tuned for agenda

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CUPE Christmas Party

November 16, 2018 6:30pm-1:00am $20 per ticket (partners or guests permitted) Cascade Casino Buy your tickets early! All tickets purchased before November 1 will go into a draw for a free night's stay at the Cascade Casino! Tickets on sale online here or contact Peter Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pay by cash or cheque.

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Membership Meeting October 9

Come on down to our monthly membership meeting tonight! Nominations for Member at Large - Recreation Motion for $1000 sponsorship for Disc Golf Course And tickets for the CUPE Christmas party go on sale!

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Membership Meeting Sept 11

Thank you all for attending the meeting last night! The BBQ was a great success.


We'd like to welcome Kristy Olsen as the new Member at Large for Operations. She was voted in last night. 

Member at Large for Recreation is still vacant, if you'd like to run or nominate someone, nominations will be open at the next membership meeting. 

Next meeting will be October 9, 2018 at McLeod Athletic Park Fieldhouse.

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Executive Update


At our May 8th, 2018 membership meeting the following changes were made to the Executive:

President – Sara Manchester
2nd Vice-President – Jeff Culhane
Member-at-Large (Recreation) – Stephanie Eby (acclamation)
Chief Shop Steward – Ailsa Pella (acclamation)
Rec. Secretary position - Cindy Birck (acclamation)

Thank you to all those who were able to attended.

We are working hard to make sure this transition runs smoothly. If there are any issues that you were working with the local on, we will be in contact with you by the end of next week, at the latest, to touch base. In the meantime feel free to send us an email with any updates or issues you would like addressed. If you do not hear from us by May 25th and you have an ongoing concern please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Next meeting:

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018


FIREHALL #6 (22170 - 50 Avenue, Murrayville) at 5:00pm.


President (2-year Executive term)

2nd Vice-President (2-year Executive term)

Safety Committee alternate (2-year term)        

Trustee (3-year term)



Member-at-Large - Protective Services (RCMP, Fire Services)

Member-at-Large - Recreation (Recreation Facilities, Museum)

(both are Executive 2-year terms)


If only one person is nominated for a position, he/she is acclaimed into that position at this meeting.

If 2 or more people are nominated for a position, an election will take place at the June 12, 2018 membership meeting.


Enjoy some refreshments and find out about the business of your local!



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Please note that, unfortunately, the employer will no longer be paying shift differential (75 cents per hour) to any auxiliaries who are NOT covering for a regular full-time or regular part-time employee who is absent.

Please note – this language has been in the collective agreement for many years. This is not something new that came out of the recent round of bargaining!

The language can be found on page 70 of the (old) collective agreement in the Letter of Understanding entitled “Collective Agreement Application – Temporary Full-Time and Auxiliary Employees” / Section 1.

Some auxiliaries were being paid shift differential while just working “auxiliary hours” (meaning, not covering for a “regular” employee). The employer served the local with notification at bargaining which stated that the past practice would be discontinuing…and they would be following the clear language of the collective agreement from now on for payment of shift differential to auxiliary employees.

This is understandably upsetting for some of our members, and is a sad commentary on the value placed on auxiliary work at the Township.

Please email the Union office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 604-530-6185 if you have any questions.

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Explanation of Overtime Provision in Collective Agreement

Brothers and Sisters,

There have been lots of questions and concern about Overtime payout; I hope the following explanation clarifies things for members.

It was never a right in the language of the 2012-2015 Collective Agreement to allow OT to be banked beyond December 31st of the year it was earned. It was a past practice that the Employer allowed to continue; to correct it they served the Union with an Estoppel.

Estoppel means that the Employer is putting the Union on notice that they are stopping a past practice and reverting to the clear language as stated in the Collective Agreement.  

Article 8.2 of the 2012-2015 Collective agreement states……. “Overtime which is not used by the end of each calendar year shall be paid out the first pay period in the year following at the rate prevailing as of December 31st of the year the OT was worked.”

Through negotiations, the Union extended the payout date from December 31st to April 30th ……”if an employee elected to carry unused banked overtime to the following calendar year and it is not taken as time off prior to April 30th of the following calendar year, it shall be paid out the first pay period following April 30th at the rate prevailing as of December 31st of the year in which the overtime was worked.”

To summarize, previous language stated if you did not use your OT by December 31st it would be paid out the first pay period of January… The Union negotiated to extend the date and now any banked overtime not used by April 30th will be paid out in May

Debbie Whyte


CUPE Local 403

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