Don’t Tax My Health Benefits!

We wish to make you aware of a potential development that could have serious implications for you and your family and let you know how you can take action on this matter.

The federal government is considering taxing employer contributions to group health benefit plans and could announce the new tax as early as its spring, 2017 Federal Budget.

Why this matters to you:

Currently, employer paid health benefit plans are a tax-deductible benefit and are not included as part of your taxable income.

If the federal government introduces the new tax, the premiums we pay on your group benefit plans would no longer be exempt from federal tax. This could significantly increase your tax bill, and reduce your take home pay.

As an example, Extended Health Care Benefits, including Dental for family coverage, will cost approximately $5,580 per year. This amount would be added to your taxable income hence requiring you to pay taxes on the additional amount at your applicable taxation rate.

How to take action:

You can make your voice heard and urge the federal government not to tax health benefit plans. Simply visit to easily send a letter to your Member of Parliament and the Minister of Finance.



Advance Polls: Locations & Times

A.J. Tyler

Wednesday, October 19       8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

City Hall

Tuesday, October 18           12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.


Wednesday, October 19     10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Housing Access Centre (HAC)

Wednesday, October 19        2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 18        11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Tuesday, October 18            10:45 – 11:15 a.m

London Middlesex Housing Corporation

Tuesday, October 18             9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Market Tower

Tuesday, October 18              2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Wednesday, October 19        1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

MLHU – Inspectors (201 Queens Ave.)

Tuesday, October 18           10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Middlesex County Office

Wednesday, October 19         2:05 – 2:30 p.m.

Ontario Works (Northland Mall)

Tuesday, October 18              8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Planning (Dundas Street)

Tuesday, October 18             11:15 – 11:30 a.m.


Tuesday, October 18              9:45 – 10:05 a.m.

South London Community Centre

Wednesday, October 19         9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

South West Community Care Access Centre

Wednesday, October 19         11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WSC – Westmount Mall

Wednesday, October 19         9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Voting will also take place at the General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 19, from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.



Thank you, Phil Vivyurka

Phil Vivyurka, our current VP, is taking a break and will not be continuing on in his role. I am hoping that Phil gets some rest, relaxation and hopefully comes back soon to help and support us all in whatever capacity he is wanting. Phil has given so very much to Local 101 and a great activist. His knowledge, expertise and experience cannot be replaced. Thanks so much Phil for everything you have done and for your support and mentorship all these years.


Steve Holland
President, CUPE Local 101

Fall Elections

Nominations will be accepted at our September 28 General Membership Meeting (GMM). Any member nominated for an executive position shall have been a member for the past twelve months and attended 50 percent of all meetings.

In addition, no nominations shall be accepted unless the member is in attendance at the Nomination Meeting, or has allowed to be filed at such meeting and their consent in writing, duly witnessed by another member.

There are other rules, so please review our by-laws for more information.

The Executive positions that will be up for nomination will be:

Vice President
Sub Unit Liaison

A Great Loss…

CONSTANT, Joseph H. – After a brief illness Joseph H. Constant passed away at home on July 7th, 2016 at the age of 75. Loving father of Debbie (Bryan) and Paul. Proud grandfather of Carly, Cole and Taylor. Dear brother of Don Constant. Joe will be fondly remembered by Carole Constant (Bill Reid), Ed and Ted Tomkowiak, Tonya Poirier and many other friends. After over 40 years of being employed with the City of London and later the City of St. Thomas Joe touched many lives.

Visitors will be received at the JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME , 362 Waterloo Street, London on Sunday, July 17th 2016 from 2-4 o’clock. Cremation has taken place.

Joesph Constant


Not everyone will know Joe as he retired some time ago from Ontario Works, but he had an incredible impact on so many people he worked with. He trained so many of us and was a fantastic mentor to us all.

If you knew Joe, please attend the visitation to honour his life and what he has given our city, our Local and to each of you he was friends with.

– Steve Holland, President, CUPE 101

A Better Plan for All

After a lifetime of hard work, no-one should have to struggle just to make ends meet.

At, Canadians are invited to learn more about the Canada Pension Plan, and to send a message to federal and provincial policy makers, who are currently discussing options for CPP expansion.


Anniversary Social – Thursday, June 9

image001In recognition of the time spent
walking in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters

Anniversary Social

When:  June 9th, 2016


Where:  FOX & FIDDLE

Citiplaza, Wellington & King

Brought to you by the CUPE 101 Youth Committee

All 101 employees invited

2 hrs free parking in CitiPlaza