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At recent local collective bargaining negotiations, the Local and the Peel District School Board discussed the need to transition to electronic processes for the job posting process. It was agreed that effective July 1, 2016 or on a date as agreed by the Electronic Processes Committee, all postings shall be posted electronically on the Board’s internal job board and all communications regarding job postings be sent electronically to employees.

Currently sitting on this committee for the Local are: President Eddie Pereira; Recording Secretary Tim Thornton.

The goal of this committee is to discuss the timing, implementation and general requirements for Members to transition to the electronic job posting process while ensuring that nobody is left behind

Other resources to support the work of this committee will be provided as necessary. The committee will consider the implementation requirements for the electronic processes which may include, but are not limited to, training requirements and technological requirements. The committee will commence meetings by February 15, 2016 and will complete its work by April 30, 2016 unless otherwise agreed by the committee.

This committee is responsible for ensuring that there is a financial plan in place to ensure that Union business can be conducted while following good financial sense.

It is also responsible for providing transparency with the Membership and showing them what their Union dues are being spent on.

Current Officers on this committee include: Secretary-Treasurer Jim Glavan; 2nd Vice-President Junior Edwards; and Labour Relations Officer Jason Mcfarlane.

The Labour Management Committee meets with the Employer at least once per month during the school year in an attempt to solve problems prior to going through the formal grievance process. Typically this committee meets on the last Friday of each month throughout the school year.

Current officers of the Local on this important committee include 1st Vice President Marlene Arruda; Recording Secretary Tim Thornton; and Labour Relations Officer Jason Mcfarlane.

For the Board this committee consists of General Manager Gord Thompson; Assistant General Manager Bill Spence; Facilities Manager Donna Newcombe; Maintenance Services North Manager of Plant Operations John Clarkson; Learning Technology Support Services Team Leader – PC/LAN Support George Tomas; and Human Resources Support Services Employee Relations Officer Marianna Lothringen.

The Grievance Committee currently consists of 5 delegates representing the Local. The purpose of this committee is to address Members’ concerns with the Employer.

The delegates currently representing this Committee for the Local are: Labour Relations Officer Jason Mcfarlane; and Shop Stewards Gary Pacheco and Shane Holstein. The ex-officio of this committee is 2nd Vice-President Junior Edwards.

For an overview of the Grievance process, please refer to Article 6 of the Collective Agreement.

The WSIB committee consists of 4 officers of the Local. Their purpose is to help injured workers’ understand the complex system put in place by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and assist them in ensuring that their claim is processed properly so that it will be covered.

Sitting on this Committee for the Local are WSIB Chief Officer Maria Iancu and WSIB Representative Nader Affar.  The ex-officio of this committee is 1st Vice-President Marlene Arruda.

Workplace injuries are very common and another part of this Committee’s responsibilities is to ensure that injured workers have a proper plan in place and are accommodated properly when returning to work. They assist in ensuring that the injured worker receives fair treatment by the Employer and that they receive the appropriate health care disability benefits that they require.

Getting injured is no fun. Taking the right approach is important as it can save you time and money.  Remember that your personal health and safety is your responsibility but that your WSIB committee is there to help you through those tough times!

Some of the steps they may help you through include:

  • Filling out the correct WSIB forms;
  • Ensuring that the information is correct;
  • Ensuring that the proper medical documentation is submitted;
  • Informing the correct people.

Please ensure that you follow these steps if you are injured at work:

  • Immediately report your accident/incident to your supervisor before leaving the worksite;
  • Immediately seek medical attention;
  • Notify a member of the WSIB committee.

How to start a WSIB claim:

  1. Form 8 – This form will be filled out by your medical provider;
  2. Form 7 – This form will be filled out by the employer;
  3. Form 6 – This form is to be filled out by the injured worker;
  4. Abilities Form – This form will be filled out by your medical provider and will provide information for the purpose of assisting the injured worker in an early and safe return to work.

The Workloads Committee currently consists of 2 representatives from the Local and 2 representatives from the Employer. Current members representing the Local are: 2nd Vice-President and Acting Chair Junior Edwards; 1st Vice-President Marlene Arruda and Labour Relations Officer Jason Mcfarlane.

Please feel free to contact any one of the Members of the Workloads Committee if you have any questions or concerns regarding your workload.

Sitting on this committee are 1st Vice-President Marlene Arruda, 2nd Vice-President Junior Edwards and Recording Secretary Tim Thornton.

We look forward to seeing our Members at all events and strongly urge anyone that has any ideas to contact one of the committee members.

The Training Committee is a joint committee between Management and the Local. The representatives that currently sit on the committee for the Local are: Chairperson and Recording Secretary Tim Thornton and an officer to be named.

The purpose of this committee is to address the Local’s training concerns with the employer in an open format.  As a committee, we look into changes that will enable our members to learn the skills required to perform their duties.

At the training committee we review materials, course outlines and objectives. A few of the ongoing training sessions that are offered and reviewed thoughout the year are as follows:

  • Basic Custodial (Building System Operations #1 – BSO1);
  • Advanced Technical Training ( Building System Operations #2 – BSO2);
  • Custodial Review Training;
  • Building System Operations Review;
  • Maintenance Training;
  • Food Services Training; and
  • All mandatory legislated training that is required.

One of the functions of the committee is to address concerns that have been brought to our attention.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Training Committee or email concerns to: Training@cupe2544.ca and the members of the committee will address in a timely manner .

The Health and Safety Committee consists of 3 delegates representing the Local. The purpose of this committee is to help in the prevention incidents/accidents in the workplace and to ensure the Employer’s compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and codes.

Currently sitting on this committee are Chief Health and Safety Officer Loai Srabi, Health and Safety Representative Hugo Toste and Labour Relations Officer Jason Mcfarlane.  The ex-officio of this committee is 1st Vice-President Marlene Arruda.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health and Safety, please free to contact a member of the Health and Safety Committee.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (Greenbook) can be found here.