Stay at Home Order Update

Fellow Members:

What a kickoff to the New Year! And as predicted, this new year comes with new Provincial restrictions.

Stay-At-Home Order

Premier Ford has just announced another lockdown and stay-at-home order effective Thursday January 14th at 12:01 am.  As the early modelling anticipated, 2nd Wave COVID infection rates are setting daily and disconcerting records. We are at risk of overloading the infrastructures of our hospitals and care facilities beyond capacity.  Based on media reports and images, both here in Canada and south of the border, we see the numbers of positive cases and the mortality rate continuing to rise.

It was frustrating to see that in some instances there were political leaders and medical personnel who preached to practice precautions, and were then caught taking non-essential travel, or caught attending holiday gatherings with groups exceeding the 5 person maximum.  As a society we can, and must, do better.

Try not to become discouraged with those careless people who refuse to take precautions.  Most of us are doing our absolute level best to follow direction from health officials and take proper precautions to prevent infection and mitigate the spread of COVID. Please continue to protect yourselves, and those you care about.

It warrants repeating:  Please continue to protect yourselves with using masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing, minimizing our trips out of the home for only essential reasons and managing your mental health. Reach out to your support network, or contact your Employee Assistance Program, and take time to unplug from the bombardment of negativity in the media.  Negativity breeds negativity.

Remote Work

Over the last several months, and again more recently, our employers have been altering our work tasks in ways to allow these to be performed remotely.  As a result, there are no anticipated layoffs or Designated Emergency Leaves (DEL) for this new lockdown and stay-at-home order, or even the foreseeable future. We ask about this at each and every meeting and we will notify you if this ever changes.

General Membership Meeting

Due to restrictions we cannot physically host our GMM in person, however we desperately need to continue moving forward the business of the Union.  We have plenty to do in 2021 such as present the Trustees’ reports, seek approval on the annual budget, and continuing to pursue initiatives and goals of the Local to improve working conditions for all.

The Executive is investigating ZOOM and other tools to host the GMM virtually in order to securely conduct business. Updates will follow through VP Phil Boyd, your Unit Chair, or your Steward.  If you have any workplace concerns relating to work environment, job postings, accommodations, Health and Safety, or Return to Work, be sure to connect with your Unit Chair, Steward, a union committee member, or Executive.   We continue to all be here to support you.

Finally, thank you to our members who are frontline workers; thank you to our members supporting the frontline workers remotely; and thank you to those of us who are working remotely and yearn for the return to work, and a return to normalcy. While COVID is a burden we are all shouldering, each of us copes with it in different ways.  We ask that you continue to be kind to yourself and be kind to others.

On behalf of the Executive,

Adam Brightling

President

CUPE Local 101

CUPE Local 5257 on Strike

CUPE Local 5257, who represents more than 100 Montessori teachers and support staff at Blaisdale Montessori School, are on strike as of Monday, November 16, 2020.

In an effort to reach a fair deal, the local has met with the employer 16 times and has extended its strike deadline on five occasions. Blaisdale Montessori School has seven campuses throughout Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, and Bowmanville.

Fill in the form to send a message in support of these workers:

https://cupe.on.ca/supportcupe5257/#1605640948775-0a016223-e02b

Time to Care Passes Second Reading Because of YOU

After over a decade of work campaigning for a 4-hour legislated care standard for residents in long-term care, Bill 13, the Time to Care Act, has passed second reading under a Conservative majority government. There have been times along the way when our goal seemed unreachable – but we never gave up hope.

The Bill will now go to committee, then come back to the Ontario Legislature for 3rd reading before it becomes law.

Let’s be clear: Bill 13 passed second reading because of the work of CUPE members like you. Members across the province have met with, called, emailed, and tweeted at MPPs urging them to vote in favour of Bill 13 at second reading. For years, you have taken part in e-actions, written letters, and participated in rallies. You have made it impossible for MPPs from all parties to ignore the crisis in long-term care.

We know we have work to do to ensure that Bill 13 is not stalled at committee, and we need to make sure that it passes third reading. We need to make sure that 4 hours is calculated on hours worked and not hours paid.

But right now we want to celebrate this tremendous win for seniors and long-term care residents in our province. Together, we can make sure that 4 hours of hands-on care becomes law, improving living conditions for Ontario long-term care residents and improving working conditions for our members.

In solidarity,

CUPE Ontario

Building Power in Our Communities

Join the Ontario Federation of Labour and CUPE Ontario for our second installment of the “Building Power in Our Communities” online training sessions on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. In this activist training series, the collective strength of the Power of Many and Communities Not Cuts campaign come into collaboration on a province-wide initiative to bring the people of Ontario together to fight for decent work, public services, equality, justice, and safe and healthy communities for all.Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Via Zoom “Building Power in Our Communities”
Register now!