Latest News

 

The Latest News section contains news items from the past 30-60 days, plus items of ongoing current concern.

Older items have been archived under appropriate “News Archive” headings.

“Seek & ye shall find.”

 


 

FLASHBACK 1998…Where We’ve Been

Local 520 Members frequently bring new items to our attention. More senior Members also frequently remind us of our history. Take a little time to review this pertinent & important part of where we’ve been.

Calgary Catholic School Strike January to March 1998


 

Please see attached Seniority List As of October 31, 2022

2022 2023 CUPE Seniority Report October 22

Next Regular Membership Meeting….

Saturday December 10, 2023 – 9:30 am – 10:30 am

following CUPE520 FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Bishop McNally High School

5700 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary, AB 

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Next Regular Membership Meeting…

Saturday October 15, 2022 – 9:30am
CUPE Local 520
All Saints High School
729 Legacy Village Road SE, Calgary, AB
T2X 4K9

*NEW MEMBERS…please arrive at 9am for registration*

Email us @ cupe520@shaw.ca
Visit us online @ www.cupe520.ca

 

September 19 – paid day off

Holidays observed 2022

June 2022 Meetings

Our monthly Executive Meeting will be Saturday June 11 at 8am.

Our monthly Regular Membership Meeting will be Saturday June 11 at 930am.

New Members please arrive at 9am for registration.

Nominations will be accepted & elections will occur for President, Secretary Treasurer, Social Chair, H&S Chair, 3-Year Trustee.

Coffee & snacks will be available during the meeting. Lunch will be available after the meeting, as our tradition following yearly elections returns after its COVID hiatus.

Our cash draw sits at $120 this month, PLUS draws for other Local 520 swag.

Please make time to take care of the business of your Union. It’s only once per month, 10 times per year, for a couple of hours (including your travel time).

We literally cannot do it without you.

See the Homepage of this website for all meeting details.

 


 

* LATEST NEWS *

 

June 11,2022: June President’s Report

The most current Monthly President’s Report is now available in the Members section.

 

May 30,2022: June Meeting Notice (REPOST)

Please see the above notice for June’s RMM. The Next Meeting Notice is available on our Homepage & will be distributed via District email next week.

A reminder that Saturday June 11 is not only our RMM but is also Local 520’s Yearly Election Meeting.

 

Jun 04,2022: Local 520 Retirement/Scholarship Celebration

Today was a great day to catch up with many of our 2022 Retirees. Several Retirees & family representatives of the 2021 Scholarship Winner arrived at Jameson’s Pub & enjoyed socializing with old acquaintances.

Photos are available for download in the Members section.

For those who could not make it, your items can be picked up at the Union Hall this Saturday (June 11) during our June RMM & election or will be sent out this upcoming week by registered mail.

 

May 30,2022: Congratulations Retirees & Scholarship Winner!

This Saturday the current sitting Executive Members will once again gather for our traditional pre-election Last Supper after a 2 year COVID hiatus.

As we were unable to plan a retirement banquet with any certainty we would be permitted to proceed, our 2022 Retirees have been invited to be honoured on that evening as well.

Congratulations to those Members who have reached this significant life milestone.

  • Joseph Wong – 17yrs
  • Huong Nguyen – 21yrs
  • Ron Quinn – 22yrs
  • Hoi Nguyen – 23yrs
  • Annie Picard – 26yrs
  • Helen Kwiatkowski – 26yrs
  • Alberto Ramos – 31yrs
  • Geoff Friedt – 33yrs
  • Denise Lapp – 33yrs
  • David Truong – FORTY-TWO YEARS!

Enjoy your well-earned retirement, all!

As well, Local 520’s 2021 Scholarship Winner has been invited to be honoured. CONGRATULATIONS on earning this scholarship, Jeffrey Cheung!

 

May 30,2022: June Meeting Notice

Please see the above notice for June’s RMM. The Next Meeting Notice is available on our Homepage & will be distributed via District email next week.

A reminder that Saturday June 11 is not only our RMM but is also Local 520’s Yearly Election Meeting.

 

May 27,2022: May Labour Management Meeting

Over the past 7 weeks, the L520 Executive have dealt with several items through direct consultation with District management & participation in H&S Committee & JHSC meetings.

Once again, the District has no new items to bring to the table (a good thing…great job once again, everyone), we will be cancelling this month’s LMM.

The next LMM will not occur until the 2022-23 school year.

See the Homepage of this website for details regarding regularly scheduled LMMs once the schedule is updated for the pending school year.

 

May 26,2022: Victoria Day

Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Victoria Day long weekend with friends & family or just relaxing or doing the things that give you personal joy.

I know I did…that’s why THIS is almost a week late!

Summer’s coming! Make sure you take time to enjoy it while it lasts!

 

May 17,2022: May VP’s Report

The most current Monthly Vice President’s Report is now available in the Members section.

 

May 15,2022: New H&S Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the H&S Committee Meeting of March 23 are now available in the Members section. There were pertinent discussions regarding Auto-Scrubber maintenance, room airflow checks, & deep cleaning of area carpets.

 

May 15,2022: District Vacation Requests

A reminder that all requests for 2022 vacations need to be input into the District’s HR Self Service by May 17. After that date, vacation requests are considered on a first-come first-served basis.

 

May 15,2022: May President’s Report

The most current Monthly President’s Report is now available in the Members section.

 

May 02,2022: District Vacation Requests

A reminder that all requests for 2022 vacations need to be input into the District’s HR Self Service by May 17. After that date, vacation requests are considered on a first-come first-served basis.

 

May 01,2022: May Day – International Worker’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 21,2022: April 19th heavy snowfall

A reminder of an item that was posted last year.

  • Jan 13,2021: December 22nd heavy snowfall: Questions have come forward about December’s heavy snowfall & observations made to the effect of “had school been in session, the District would’ve likely declared a snow day”. To be clear, no. The District does not close Calgary schools due to snow & hasn’t for at least the past 15 years. On occasion, some rural schools in the District have closed in the past due to rural bussing issues…but in city schools have always remained open. If you have difficulty getting to work, it is your responsibility to deal with the absence ON THAT DAY either online or by contacting your supervisor or Caretaking Services. Although we can appreciate individual circumstances, if you cannot be at work & expect to be paid, you need to book off the time SOMEHOW. It is not fair to the vast majority of workers who did make it to work for some to expect a “free” day off, for some reason. Again, this needs to be dealt with immediately after the absence. There are very limited options available when it is brought forward weeks later.

 

Apr 11,2022: April Labour Management Meeting

Over the past 30 days, the L520 Executive have dealt with several items through direct consultation with District management & participation in H&S Committee & JHSC meetings, all of which have been reported here.

As the District has no new items to bring to the table (a good thing…great job, everyone), we will be cancelling this month’s LMM.

The next LMM is scheduled for May 26.

See the Homepage of this website for details regarding regularly scheduled LMMs.

 

Apr 10,2022: Personal Medical Information

An observation came from a Member this week that they were uncomfortable about being asked about the reason for their sick day or details about medical appointments.

To be clear, the Union has no power to stop someone from asking you a question. However, you must decide whether or not you wish to divulge that information. If you feel that any medical information asked of you is of concern to you regarding your personal privacy, it is up to you to make that determination & state it as such. You are under no obligation to disclose personal medical information for any reason but it is only you that can make that determination.

If you refuse to divulge personal medical information & a member of management attempts to discipline you for that action, the Union then has cause to intervene.

 

Apr 10,2022: Coverage of Dayshift Caretakers “courtesy” Request

Caretaking Supervisors were reminded this week that the “courtesy” of dayshift Caretakers asking if their evening counterparts can be available to cover dayshift absences is precisely that…a courtesy. It is not now nor ever has been a requirement of custodial staff to arrange for their relief coverage. It is a function of management to so do.

 

Apr 10,2022: District Review of COVID Protocols

Senior District Management continues to review remaining COVID-19 protocols on an ongoing basis.

This past week, Caretakers should have received notification from Caretaking Supervisors of the cessation of the requirement to record daily sanitization times on their Boiler Logs & other documents.

 

Apr 10,2022: Classroom Area Rugs

A reminder from the Members at April’s RMM that in-classroom area rugs (returning to service during this endemic period) may need to be vacuumed as often as nightly. However, the machinery & products used by the District to shampoo these rugs are not adequate to completely sanitize them. Custodial staff should not attempt to clean in-classroom area rugs with the District’s carpet extraction machines.

Area rugs that require deeper cleaning than vacuuming need to be sent to the approved contractor by school Admin at the school’s expense.

A copy of the original memo regarding this issue will be available through L520’s Safety Chair & Committee.

 

Mar 28,2022: “unbroken vacation period”

The following excerpt is from the 2022 vacation request memo: “Annual vacation must be taken in an unbroken period during the months of July and August, as per clause 16.5 of the Collective Agreement”

This is the actual clause from our CA: “16.5…Employees, except those in Group II of Appendix “B” to this Agreement, are entitled to an unbroken vacation period during the months of July and August…”

The District’s interpretation of “unbroken vacation period” is slightly different than we expected.

The expectation is that “unbroken” means “whole weeks”, particularly during the in-lieu weeks. For example, you couldn’t be off for a week & a half, come back to work on Wednesday, & expect to be off “in-lieu” on Friday as you haven’t worked the required extra hours on Monday & Tuesday.

There is no problem having more than one vacation period during the summer (for example 2 weeks at the beginning of July & 1 week in mid-August), as long as they are whole weeks.

We are told that there shouldn’t be any issue with single days (even during in-lieu weeks) if needed for one-off issues (eg “I’m going out of town for a wedding & I need Monday off”).

Anybody having any issues outside of these parameters should contact an L520 Executive Member & we’ll see what we can do.