President’s Report for the Month of January 2012
The new CUPE 410 Executive is now fully operational. The first meeting of the Executive was held on January 16th, to prepare a draft budget for the year; to discuss topics that would be brought forward to the General Membership and to discuss other topics that would be brought to the Union/Management Committee.
The General Membership meeting was held on January 23rd and discussions were lively. Most notably, was the discussion involving Article 1.05 (ii) from our Collective Agreement that reads “Regular part-time employees who are working an established schedule, shall be offered, in order of seniority, additional available hours of work (which do not conflict with their existing schedule) over auxiliary employees provided such work is within their department, program area, work site and classification in which the employee is presently employed”. This clause has not always been well implemented across the library system and there was passionate debate about how we should go about doing so. It was put on the agenda for the Union/Management Committee meeting, where it was agreed that the list of regular, part-time employees would be revised so that it could be found more easily and be kept in seniority order. It was also agreed that all regular, part-time employees who were interested in additional hours would be added to the appropriate “role” categories on Peoplewhere and that Management would remind all Supervisors of the existence of this clause.
A complete “DRAFT” edition of the minutes of the General Membership meeting will soon be added to the CUPE 410 website. I would encourage you all to watch for that. I will have full notes from the Union/Management meeting available at the next General Membership meeting.
The Union/Management Committee meeting was held on January 24th and the agenda for that meeting was “set in stone” nearly two weeks before the meeting was held. Nevertheless, we could not get answers to 5 out of the 8 items placed on the agenda by the Union, under “New Business”. In other words, Management requested more time to investigate and consider before they could provide any answers. Those items, plus others, will return to the agenda in March.
One item they would like us to consider is to suggest ideas for another “Staff Day”. Management is considering offering a “half day” event this year. If you have any ideas that you would like to have considered, please forward them to the HR and Employment Recognition Committee.
Remember that we are here for you and that if you have any questions or concerns about your working conditions please talk to us.
Dates of Future General Membership Meetings: Monday March 26, Monday May 28, Monday July 23, Monday September 24, Monday November 26
A poster with this information will be sent out to all branches.
Regards and Happy Valentine’s Day!