CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Fax Your MP to Vote YES to Bill C-257

Over the next four days, if your MP is a Liberal or a Conservative let
him or her know that you expect a Yes vote on Wednesday, on Bill C-257.

How? - Go to this web site and send him or
her a fax message. You can also make a phone call. And don*t forget to
ask colleagues, friends and family members to follow your lead and do
the same.

Why? - Read on to get the full story.

Private members* bills normally pass unnoticed in official Ottawa,
dying on the House of Commons order paper before they are even debated.

However, last October, a large majority of Members of Parliament from
all parties - including one in seven Conservatives - approved in
principle Bill C-257. Next Wednesday, March 25 they will make their
final decision on it. Voting approval in third reading means that they
send the Bill on to the Senate with a recommendation that it become the
law of the land

Bill C-257 proposes to ban the use of replacement workers by employers
who fall under federal labour laws during lock-out and strikes. Judging
from Corporate Canada*s reaction since the vote in October, you*d
think it was the end of civilization as we know it!

Yet, every family knows that when underhanded employers use replacement
workers to upset the balance and fairness in collective bargaining,
everyone else loses - the broad community as well as the workers
directly involved. Negotiations drag on. Tensions escalate. The public
is divided. Communities suffer from a drop in family income,
productivity and a bad media image that deters outside investment.

In their desperation, the business lobbyists in Ottawa, have resorted
to one particularly unsavoury mistruth that has many MP*s (mostly
Liberals starting with leader Stéphane Dion and also some Conservatives)
second guessing their support for the bill. They claim that a ban on
scabs would leave the public vulnerable to a withdrawal of essential

Nothing could be further from the truth. To begin with, essential
services in industries and services falling under federal authority are
protected by both the Canada Labour Code and other statutes that deal
specifically with federal public services. Enacting C-257 does nothing
to diminish these protections.

The existing legal safeguards set out clear responsibilities for unions
and employers to reach agreement on essential services to be maintained
during a strike or lockout. Simply put, if agreement can*t be reached
at the bargaining table, essential services agreements will be imposed
by the federal authorities.

It is clear that, despite some employers* campaign of fear, C-257
poses no threat to essential services. In fact, C-257 will reduce the
chances of disputes that put essential services at risk by bringing
much-needed fairness and balance to labour relations in the federal
In so doing, C-257 will go a long way to eliminate the threat of
tactical lockouts by employers, or strikes that happen because a few
rogue employers refuse to bargain with their workers.

Bill C-257 takes aim at the fewer than one per cent of businesses who
spurn fairness and balance in their selfish drive for greater power and
profit. A ban on replacement workers serves the interests of workers,
responsible businesspeople and the public alike.

None of us should fall for the scare tactics and mistruths of the
corporate campaign against C-257. It*s time to stand together as a
community to affirm that we all have a stake in fairness and balance in
labour relations in the federal jurisdiction. It*s time Parliament say
YES to what the MPs* know their constituents want, and NO to the
campaign of fear from the business lobbyists in Ottawa.

Go to this web site and send him or her a fax
message. You can also make a phone call. And don*t forget to ask
colleagues, friends and family members to follow your lead and do the

source CALM


VIGIL at Queen’s Park

VIGIL at Queen’s Park, Monday, March 19, 2007, 12 noon to 2:00 PM

Please join Peter Page, Steve Mantis, Karl Crevar and a delegation from the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) outside Queen’s Park at 12 noon, Monday March 19th, 2007. On this day, the Members’ of Provincial Government will go back to the Legislature following their Christmas break.

You will remember that in December the Government passed a 25% increase to the salary of all MPPs. Two week later, in January, injured workers received a 0.1% increase, less than the cost of living ad a 24% loss since 1995.

We invite all our members and supporters to join the ONIWG to make this important point - that workers with permanent injuries, diseases and disabilities are falling further into poverty. It is crucial that the Legislature hear us. Now is the time for this government to take action. For all those joining the delegation outside Queen’s Park, there will be a free T shirt saying: Politicians: 25%, Injured Workers: 0.1%

Queen’s Park is just north of the University-College corner in Toronto.

Please note: Mr. Steve Mahoney (WCB Chair) said “watch the budget” when he met us last month. Let’s show them that we are watching…..

Hope to see you there. If you can only make it for one hour, we still would love to have you join us. Please help spread the word.

Steve Mantis
Secretary, ONIWG

AGM Election commentary

The Local has elected some new members to its Executive Board at the AGM last Sunday.

A large turn-out made a decision to replace the retiring Vice-President promoting a single term Executive member.

They then continued with the installation of a first time elected member to the Executive, into the position of Treasurer.

Finally, the membership chose a first time elected member into the Sergeant-at-Arms position.

The rotational position of Trustee was placed into the hands of an long service member that has previously been President, Treasurer, and Trustee [among other activities] during his long membership in the Local.


Nominations Open for Board of Governors position

Forwarding a note on behalf of Harriet Lewis, Secretary, Board of Governors:

Nominations are invited of full-time non-academic employees who have a record of at least five years of service at the University. Nominations open on Friday March 16 and will close on Monday April 2nd by which time all nominations must be received at the University Secretariat, N926 Ross Building, Keele Campus. Further information about the position and deadlines is attached.

Nomination forms are available on the Board of Governors website:

Elizabeth Veness
University Secretariat, N926 Ross Bldg.
Coordinator, Senate and Board Support
(416) 736-2100 x33438 fax (416) 736-5769


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Janitorial staff join CUPE 3338 at Simon Fraser University

Oct 24, 2007 06:44 PM

BURNABY-CUPE Local 3338 is proud to welcome a new group of workers who provide janitorial services at SFU. The 139 new members work at SFU’s Burnaby and Surrey campuses, providing services for Best Facilities Services.

Joann Field, vice-president of CUPE 3338, says that her local is committed to working with the new members to address outstanding issues and to ensure that they are treated with fairness and respect. “We have the ability and resources within our local and within CUPE to finally offer these women and men a truly unionized workplace where working conditions, wages and benefits are protected by a collective agreement that is freely and fairly negotiated.”

CUPE’s organizing drive began this fall, when Best employees, who were represented by the Service Workers’ Union (a union that is not affiliated to the BC Federation of Labour or the Canadian Labour Congress), asked for assistance.

John Bannister, CUPE 3338 business agent, says that the local worked hard with members and CUPE staff to ensure that the organizing drive would be successful. CUPE 3338 represents clerical, support, technical and other workers at all of the Simon Fraser University sites.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

2007 AGM


The Annual General Meeting at which the members select about half of the Officers of the Local.

This year the positions of Vice-president, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, and one Trustee will be elected. All for two year terms, except the Trustee which is for three years.

All appointed and elected members will also be sworn-in.