September Updates and News!

Since the last report there have been a number of changes! The most important change is finding ourselves a part of the representation vote for union representation. Since the notice from CUPE was sent out in August, efforts have been made to contact all of the members of Local 5362. Thank you to all of you who took the time to talk to the various callers and to those who called back. When the question “Will CUPE have your support?” is asked, please be honest regardless of your answer being yes, no or I don’t know. This is important so that we can gauge how we are doing. Please feel free to engage the callers with conversation. If you know that some of your co-workers plan on voting “no” or unsure of how to vote, please let the caller know and if you know why they feel that way please give us that information. This information is important not only for this vote, but when we win this it is important as we will know what areas need work and need to be addressed. There will be more calls throughout the coming months as more information is received.

In the attachment “Bill 29 Rep Vote…” the latest update from the government is detailed. Please know that this has not yet passed legislature and there is doubt that this list is finalized. There are some expected changes and additions expected to occur yet. However, it has been confirmed the CCMB will be voting in Shared Health as expected and will be joined by HSC, Diagnostic Services and Childrens’ Rehab. There is more information in the President’s Report.

CUPE wearables and items: These are all allowable at work! There have been some questions as to wearing or using our items at work. This allowed where a specific uniform is not required. In any work area that you are allowed to wear your own clothes, these shirts are allowed even with the logo showing. For those who purchased the light jacket which shows the logo on the front and back, this is allowable. We chose these items specifically without hoods and in such a design (no low v-necks) so that they would conform to the CCMB dress code policy. Our lanyards and pulls are also fine.

Collective Agreement Questions: This month the 10% WCB top-up and notice required for medical appointments are addressed. They are added to the President’s Report.
If you have any questions that you believe should be added to a future report, please do let us know!

Health Care Support Workers Week (HCSWW): The PHCC has sent a request to the Government to proclaim the week of October 8th as HCSWW. The proclamation has not yet been received but we are going ahead with our plans anyway. We will be providing a BBQ for the MCC, St. B and Screening Programs/Hope sites. We will be delivering wraps to the 4 Community Oncology Program sites. Please see the attached notice.

General Membership Meeting (GMM): Please see the attached notice for the GMM. We have worked out an idea of streamlining the meeting so that we can have more time for questions/answers and topics of Local interests and concerns.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact any of the Executive.

This will also be placed on the website. Please share with your co-workers who may not have received the email – and remind them to submit their email address. We find that many people are not looking at the boards and are missing the bulletins (except Human Resources – they are reading what is placed on the boards).

To add your email please send it off (using your non-work email) to Send Mail . On the side of this webpage, there is a widget that you may use that will automatically add your email to our Mail Chimp list.

If you do not have a home email or internet access at home, please let us know so that we can provide a different way to gather information.

In Solidarity,
Your CUPE 5362 Executive.

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Thank you

Over 100 of our 282 members came out to pick up shirts during this last week. Thank you for coming out. We will be back out in October as this year we will be celebrating Health Care Support Workers week. Please watch for that information. Along with new items, we will have the shirts, lanyards and tag pulls available for those who haven’t yet picked anything up.

General Membership Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Manitoba Room – HSC Cafeteria (along the left hallway past the cash machine).

Agenda

1: By-law changes, review and vote
2: Bill 29 updates/information

Question and Answer time
Coffee will be available


Tee Shirts are Here!
The notice is a bit short – we were having difficulties with receiving approvals for our LOAs.

All of the sites should have received their copy notices and they should be on the boards for your site.

We will be handing out tee-shirts on the following dates:

Screening Programs:
Date: Wednesday, September 5th
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Place: On Sherbrook, in front of the BreastCheck

MCC:
Date: Thursday, September 6th
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Place: Olivia, across from the old Mb. Clinic

St. Boniface Unit:
Date: Friday, September 7th
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Place: Tache – between the south and main entrances

Please bring your ID (or pay statement)
COPs
– due to few members, your shirts will be brought inside to you. (We won’t need to set up a table – this time).
Concordia: Wednesday, Sept 5th (morning);
Victoria: Wednesday, Sept 5th (afternoon);
Grace: Thursday, Sept 6th (afternoon);
Seven Oaks: Friday, Sept 7th (afternoon)

Even if you did not come out to choose a size in June, there will be plenty of shirts to choose from.

Due to the rules that the Provincial Health Labour Relations Service (PHLRS) has placed on the unions regarding the upcoming Representation votes, we are no longer allowed to set up our “give-aways” inside any of CCMB’s properties, so we will be setting up tables on the sidewalks.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to bring them.

Our General Membership Meeting on September 26th will be held in the Manitoba Room in the HSC Cafeteria at 4:30 as normal.

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Monthly News, July 2018

Happy Summer!

Thank you to all of the Members who came out to choose a t-shirt size. Each site was visited during the week of June 18 and over 100 people attended. For those who didn’t come out during this time, we will have lanyards, pulls and a few cups available when we hand out the shirts and a few other items. We have ordered enough shirts for all members, so even if you did not come out for a t-shirt size, there will be shirts available. We’re hoping to get those out to the members by the middle of September!

Job Descriptions: Thank you to those who sent their job descriptions to us. We are trying to gather as many of the descriptions as possible as it seems that most of them that we have are from 10 years ago (or more) and we know that duties have changed. Some of the descriptions that we’ve seen have duties in them that belong to higher classifications and may need to be amended to reflect the job or may need to go through the Joint Job Evaluation Committee (JJE).
Please know that the job descriptions are information that the Union is entitled to and Human Resources does give us the descriptions when we request them, however it is often easier and more time effective that get them through our Members. All employees should have a copy of the job description that they signed.

Seniority and mobility within all 7 of our Winnipeg sites: We have received a few questions as to how our seniority works between all of our sites. Below, an explanation of how our seniority works between the sites (and a few other items) is attached below.

Collective Agreement Questions: With each Monthly news email an article within the Collective Agreement will have a small write up. These articles will be chosen based on how many people asked about that article, an issue with management not following it properly has arisen or there had been a special request to have it explained. In this email the topics of CUPE members replacing/covering for their supervisors when they are away and responsibility pay and how and when an employee may be told that they have to go to a different site to work. These are included in the President’s Report.

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If you have any questions, please let us know.

In Solidarity,
Your Executive.

Monthly News

Greetings to all members of CUPE Local 5362.

Please see the information below. There are several attachments linked at the bottom.

Please share this email with your co-workers. Some of them may have signed up for the emails but might not have added this to their “safe” list and the emails are going straight to their spam boxes.

General Membership Meeting – June 20th, 2018. Manitoba Room (HSC Cafeteria) at 4:30 pm.

Bill 29:
As of this time we have not heard anything regarding the possibility of having a representation vote at CCMB or when they will be held throughout the province.
We are noticing the difference of this bill. Attached you’ll find a notice for our t-shirt give away. We were not allowed to book a table in the MS Mall outside of the CCMB doors. HSC Volunteer services will not allow bookings to unions at this point and time. To be able to book the Manitoba Room in the HSC cafeteria we had to stress the fact that this is CCMB and we will not be advertising this throughout HSC.
Communications will become tighter. We will be doing more communicating through email rather than posting. Again, the province won’t allow campaigning on facility sites and the employer can take down any posts that they feel are offensive (such as the Union asking members to come forward with work shortage hours. There are bonuses to using email. With large departments like Nursing, it is often difficult to get the information out to you, this is more environmentally friendly and it is definitely cheaper.

Heavy Workload:
With budget cuts and vacancy management our staffing levels are not keeping up with the increase of workload as cancer diagnoses increases. We have a heavy workload form that had been developed by Local 1550 but we find that it isn’t giving us the information that we need. The form will be revamped, however until the new one is done please continue to use the old form.
Please note: No heavy workload forms go to management! All forms are to be returned to CUPE and we keep them. When information is taken to management we total up the responses and take the information to management as a statistical tool. (IE – during the month of March, on 10 occasions this department was short ?? number of staff ## of times.) We do not share the actual forms with the managers. That is an MNU thing, not a CUPE thing.

Workplace Health and Safety:
There are some changes coming with the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) committee at CCMB. This is a legislated committee and reports to Work Safe Manitoba. There are plans to increase the number of committees due to the size of the St. B unit and the Community Oncology Programs as well as the increase of staffing at the Screening Programs building. We have a volunteer to represent CUPE on the committee that will be for St. B and the COPs. We will be looking for someone from Screening to sit on the committee that will be for that building and the Breast and Gyne Centre of Hope. These meetings are held during the workday and you will be relieved of your regular duties to attend the meetings while receiving pay.
Branding

We will be giving all of our members a t-shirt with our logo on it. Rather than just ordering a bunch and guessing how many of each size that we will need we have chosen to have Members come and choose a size. Attached is a list of the dates and times that shirts will be available at each site. Please bring your ID badge or your EEID from your pay statement. (We are collecting EEIDs to double check those that come with the dues. As we will be using electronic voting we will need those in the future). We are ordering 300 shirts, so after the specific sizing, we’ll order an assortment of sizes until we reach the 300 so if you can’t get to the sizing you will still get a shirt.
We will also be giving away new lanyards and badge retractable pulls.

When the COPs transferred to CCMB in the fall they all received cups as did the Cervix and Colon Check members. We will be bringing what is left of our cups to the MCC and St. B t-shirt days and setting aside cups for Breast Check and a couple of new or transferred hires at the COPs. Amounts are limited as these cups are from past inventory from 1550.

Jackets – We will also have jacket samples on hand. They will be embroidered with with our logo on the front and on the back. We won’t be giving these away. They will be sold for $90.00 each, based on ordering 10 jackets.

Job Descriptions
We are asking for everyone to submit a copy of their job descriptions to us. You are not breaking FIPPA regulations by doing so. We are allowed to have these. There seems to have either been a lot of changes to some of them and some descriptions we simply do not have. It is hoped that with your help we can update these faster than asking Human Resources for a couple at a time. You may email these to cupe5372president@gmail.com .

CUPE Local 204: Stop the Health Care Cuts campaign – This is a campaign being held throughout the province. Local 5362 had been offered to add our local number to signs, but we chose to not be involved with this campaign as one local in an area with the campaign is enough. It gets confusing otherwise.
We do have a campaign for our members coming up that will be unveiled during the later part of summer. (or earlier). Until then, please support Local 204 by placing a sign on your lawn. These healthcare cuts affect all of us. To get a sign you can sign up at http://cupe204.ca .

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If you have any questions, please let us know.
Hopefully we’ll see you out at a “t-shirt day”.

Your Executive.

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Please see below the bulletin from CUPE regarding Bill 29, the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act.

Please note, under the section, “How does this bill affect me”, 1st bullet, Shared Health is mentioned. CancerCare Manitoba is classified as a provincial health care employer as is Shared Health. Please note that CCMB is NOT a part of Shared Health and at this time there is no indication that CCMB will become a part of Shared Health.

Right now we are not certain how this is going to affect CUPE at CCMB. We do not have multiple unions representing the same classification of workers, which according to the Act is what would trigger a representation vote, However, we have seen this government change things on a whim so we will have to wait and see what happens with this.

Stop the Cuts signs: Please join in solidarity with our friends at CUPE Local 204 by supporting their Stop The Cuts sign campaign. They have yard signs and other materials that can be used to further their push to get information out regarding the huge cuts to health care under this government. Please visit cupe204,ca for more information.

As we have many members who live outside of the Winnipeg, CUPE Local 4270 who represents the Support Staff in the Southern Health Authority also have signs available for anybody interested who live in the rural areas.

CUPE 5362 will not be putting out our own signs for Stop the Health Care Cuts campaign. With both Locals 204 and 4270 providing signs for the rural and urban centres, the Executive of 5362 decided support their campaigns but not to actively participate by printing up signs of our own to distribute.

Coming Soon: While we won’t be participating in the Stop the Cuts sign campaign, we will be doing our own campaign that will be specific to support staff. Currently we have not had the job deletions seen throughout the WRHA, so our campaign will be geared more to our circumstances of vacancy management and constant working short. (These are also forms of cuts).

Watch for more information in the near future and please do support Local 204 and 4270 with their sign campaign as these speak for all of health care in Manitoba.

FYI – The next General Meeting is scheduled to be on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Notices will be going out at the beginning of June with the time and place.

If your co-workers have not received this bulletin, please let them to know to pass along their email address (personal, home email. We will not send these to any work email). This is also posted on the website at 5362.cupe.ca . This is more important now than ever as we will not be able to post much information regarding our campaign and and any kind of representation votes on our bulletin boards or through hand outs in the employer’s property.

If you have any questions please contact one of our Local Executives.

In Solidarity,
Margaret Schroeder
President, CUPE Local 5362

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Every year we have a lot of questions regarding vacation especially as the province works towards standardizing policies within the health care organizations. They are working towards facilities with similar language within the collective agreements to follow the same processes. For CCMB this means that there have been a lot of changes as for many years they did vacation differently, mainly due to our Monday to Friday, days operation. However, we do have people who work weekends and evenings and in many ways following the collective agreement as written benefits us more than hurts us. This is seen in the taking vacation on a general stat holiday and placing that stat into the bank. For those who wish, this can be paid out at the end of the year whereas vacation normally has to be taken in time.

Single day vacation is now listed on the annual “vacation rules” that each manager is supposed to place with the vacation entitlements. For a very long time there have been some managers who did not allow their staff to take single day vacation but other units were allowed to. CUPE views this as an instruction to the managers that once the week blocks of vacation have been chosen then employees are able to book single day. Everyone.

If you have any difficulties with vacation please let us know. If you have any questions please do contact us for clarification!

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We have added a few new pages to the website. On the Education page we have added a “fillable” form so that you can fill it and email it to us.
We’ve added an Expense Voucher to the new “Forms” page.
We’ve added a CUPE Manitoba Info and Deals Page

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We have a new Local number!! As requested at the August meeting we asked CUPE National to change our local number.

They heard us and they agreed. CUPE Local 1550, CCMB unit is now officialy CUPE Local 5362!

Please Note
There have been a number of HSC staff stating that HSC and CancerCare Manitoba are merging into one employer. Please note, this is NOT true. HSC is becoming a part of the province wide Shared Health Services of Manitoba (SHSM) along with Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM), and emergency services such as ambulance/paramedics. CancerCare Manitoba is not a part of this. CCMB will remain a province wide organization as it always had been. It will sit at the provincial planning tables with SHSM and will continue to be in partnership with all RHAs within the province.

CUPE Local 1550 (CCMB) Members – we are always looking at new ways of communicating. We have opened up an open Facebook page as well as a closed group for Local 1550 (CANCERCARE MANITOBA) Members only. Please go https://www.facebook.com/groups/CUPE5362/ to join up to our group. CUPE Local 5362 – CancerCare Manitoba


NOTICE TO LOCAL 204 – HSC Members

This website will no longer be updating with Local 204 information. They now have a Facebook group that you can go to for your information. Please search FB for Local 204-HSC.

The former Local 1550 Website has been archived and can be found under the “About US” tab.