News Archive – COVID-19

 

Feb 25,2021: Alberta Critical Workers Benefit: CLARIFICATION

If you are assigned to work 2 locations & one of them is ineligible for the Benefit, you still qualify if your other worksite is eligible & you worked the required 300 hours (average 20 hours per week during the required time frame) at the eligible location.

This information was garnered through an HR General Inquiry on the District’s ASK portal. It really is that easy…& it took less than an hour from inquiry to resolution.

Keep yourself informed.

Knowledge is power.

 

Feb 24,2021: Alberta Critical Workers Benefit: IMPORTANT UPDATE

There is an important update from the District’s Chief Superintendent in your District email.

Along with the CS, we too are disappointed that not every Member of our Union is included in this initiative.

The rules are not the District’s nor the Union’s. The government has restricted it to school based positions meeting the minimum paid hours worked at location.

Read both the CS’s email & the attached memo carefully. We don’t have any information other than what has been included.

Please note the very last line on the memo; “Should you have any questions, please submit them as a HR General Inquiry on the district’s ASK portal.”

 

Feb 10,2021: Important news from the Government of Alberta

 

Feb 10,2021: February Staffing Formula

We have received a copy of the February 2021 Staffing Formula. It remains unchanged from the October 2020 Formula. The District has committed to “staying the course” with last February’s staffing allotment to allow for the extra caretaking time involved with meeting COVID-19 pandemic protocols.

February’s Formula will be available soon in the Members section, as soon as it is fully scrutinized.

The next Staffing Formula adjustment won’t occur until October, during the 2021-22 school year.

 

Feb 10,2021: Temporary COVID pandemic contract cleaners

In discussions today, District management has assured us that the temporary cleaners assigned to high schools are to free up resources for COVID relief coverage. The contract will only last as long as pandemic related restrictions & protocols.

Also under the heading of temporary enhanced help, there is a contractor travelling between school sites doing electrostatic disinfection. Think of this more along the lines of pest control…it’s a temporary enhanced service over & above what we actually do as part of our daily routine.

A reminder, once again, that no Member of our Local has suffered from reduced hours, reduced pay, or layoffs. We are simply receiving the government funded temporary assistance we’ve all been asking for.

 

Feb 03,2021: Extra Cleaners during COVID-19

As some of you will recall, during our November RMM Members brought forward the suggestion of hiring temporary cleaners under our CBA Article 2.6. This item was brought to the December Labour Management Meeting & was subsequently rejected by the employer due to the uploading costs of hiring new employees without being able to guarantee either daily hours or the ultimate term of the employment. For example, had there been new hires & a week later the schools were all shut down under new COVID restrictions, they would all be laid off.

Although the Local was not informed of the District’s next initiative, it appears one has been implemented.

Apparently, each high school has been assigned 2 contract cleaners (who can be more easily monitored in high schools by either the Head Caretaker or Asst Head Caretaker, depending on shift), thus freeing up 2 CUPE Member Cleaners to utilize as COVID coverage.

It is not optimal nor is it what we had hoped for…but to be clear, no Member of our Union has lost hours or pay or been laid off…& we are receiving some much needed help on the frontlines.

Please notify the Local if there are any issues involving the new people & we will bring them to management’s attention immediately.

 

Custodial Staff relief during COVID-19

As you all know, custodial resources have been stretched thin in 2020. Along with all the usual absences for sickness, injury, disability, training, & vacation, we have had to work with fewer people due to absences created by legal requirements of COVID-19 health protocols. Going into the new year, CUPE 520 will be attempting to track the frequency at which our regular Caretakers & Cleaners are not replaced with Relief Staff for their assigned shift.

Caretakers, if a member of the custodial staff is not replaced at your worksite, please email the details (Caretaker or Cleaner, date, day or evening shift, number of hours) to cupe520@shaw.ca so that we can create a broader view of the issue.

As you may know, high schools operate on a modified Staffing Formula to ensure a ready supply of a few extra Cleaners in each quadrant of the city. That being said, high school Head Caretakers should also send in their own observations so that the Union can calculate any patterns of discrepancies that may appear excessive.

Although students will not yet have returned to school, please begin forwarding your observations on Monday January 4 so that we can begin to identify any noticeable patterns.

Please supply only the requested information for dates moving forward. Additional commentary or history of past instances will not be helpful, as we are endeavoring to identify patterns present in the new year.

 

Our Meetings during COVID-19 are classified as BUSINESS…

…&, as such, are limited to 50 people by law. Our Hall can easily accommodate our normal expected turnout with social distancing, masks, & sanitization. Regular Meetings will continue unless further COVID restrictions render them infeasible.

To be clear, “business meetings” are NOT “social events”.

See the Homepage of this website for all meeting details.

 

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