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Older items have been archived under appropriate “News Archive” headings.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

 


 

Scholarship Application Opportunities for CUPE Local 520 Members

Besides the CUPE Local 520 Scholarship being open for application until August 31 (details in the Members section of this website), there are other scholarships for your consideration as a Member in Good Standing of Local 520.

The CDLC (Calgary District Labour Council) accepts applications until June 1 as below:

CUPE Alberta also has scholarship application opportunities until September 1:

 


 

Providing paid COVID-19 vaccination leave *

All working Albertans are eligible for paid, job-protected leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

*Taken directly from the official Government of Alberta website.

 


 

Custodial Staff relief 2021-22

It appears that we are once again experiencing issues with adequate relief being available for District schools. 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.

Please supply only the requested information for dates moving forward or for instances during September 2021 at the most. Listing off items from many months ago will not be helpful in any way.

 


 

Notice of Election

Openings now exist on the CUPE 520 Executive for Health & Safety Chair and Social Chair for those interested beginning in September. To run for these positions, you need to be a Member-in-good-standing having attended 6 of the last 10 RMMs that have been held. Elections will be held during Monthly RMMs until the positions are filled.

 


 

* LATEST NEWS *

 

Oct 18,2021: District Faith Days 2021

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, the District is once again hosting its Faith Day events in the schools. Details for participation & other options were sent from Caretaking Services to your District email account this afternoon.

 

Oct 16,2021: October Labour Management Meeting

As no actionable items were brought to the Executive, October 13’s LMM was cancelled.

Management also had no items to pursue, which is a positive from our perspective.

All items brought to the attention of the Executive were dealt with either through direct stewardship, negotiations with pertinent Supervisors, direct discussions with Caretaking Management, or the filing of foundational information for use in the future if needed.

 

Oct 16,2021: October RMM

For the second month in a row, we did not achieve quorum for our Monthly Regular Membership Meeting. We only need less than 10 Members plus the Executive to show up in order to have meetings. Without quorum, we cannot move forward on any item that requires a Membership vote or any elections of new Executive Members to fill vacancies.

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.

 

Oct 16,2021: October President’s Report

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

 

Oct 16,2021: District Safety Footwear Vouchers

This year’s Safety Footwear Vouchers should be arriving via email shortly or you may have already received them. Evening Cleaners’ vouchers should be in the email of the Caretaker of the sole or first school of their assigned shift.

This year, we secured an increase to $100 for Caretaking through the H&S Committee headed by Mi Huynh.

Be careful to take note of the “Document Expiry Date” in the bottom left hand corner of the document. The vendor will not accept expired documents. If you inadvertently allow yours to expire, your Supervisor can have a new one issued to you upon your request.

 

Oct 12,2021: October Staffing Formula

The latest Staffing Formula has been released. As during the rest of the pandemic, we are being told by District management that the vast majority of schools will be left with the hours they presently have. There are a very few new schools that have had significant increases in enrollment. There will be minor adjustments made in order to cover the extra hours these schools require.

Although it is highly likely that your school site HAS NOT been & WILL NOT be impacted, the Formula as it could have been enacted is now available in the Members section.

 

Oct 08,2021: Happy Thanksgiving

Take time to relax & rejuvenate this weekend with family & friends or just stretched out enjoying your favourite sport, movies, or other entertainment & activities.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

October 08,2021: October Meetings

Our monthly Executive Meeting will be Saturday October 16 at 8am.

Our monthly Regular Membership Meeting will be Saturday October 16 at 930am.

New Members please arrive at 9am for registration.

We currently have vacancies on the Executive for Social Chair & H&S Chair. Nominations & elections will be held each RMM for those interested until the positions are filled.

In order to run for Executive positions, you must be a Member in Good Standing having attended 6 of the last 10 RMMs held (including the RMM in which you choose to accept the nomination).

See the Homepage of this website for all meeting details.

 

Oct 07,2021: District Vaccination Policy

Late last night, the District’s Chief Superintendent notified all staff “…the Board of Trustees approved supporting administration’s recommendation to move forward with mandatory vaccination for staff”.

We are awaiting clarification of the parameters of this policy. The Union has yet to be consulted on this issue & will craft a response & plan of action once we are provided with more details.

Contact a Union Executive if you are requested to do anything or provide information that makes you uncomfortable.

You have rights & protections under your Collective Agreement, the provincial laws of Alberta, Canadian federal laws, & the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

 

Oct 07,2021: New H&S Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the H&S Committee Meeting of Sept 29th are now available in the Members section. We have secured an increase to our yearly work boot allowance as well as other recent items.

 

Sep 30,2021: National Day of Truth & Reconciliation
On Canada’s first National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, remember to pause & take time to reflect on the importance of this special day.
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Sep 21,2021: Custodial Staff relief

It appears that we are once again experiencing issues with adequate relief being available for District schools. 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.

Please supply only the requested information for dates moving forward or for instances during September 2021 at the most. Listing off items from many months ago will not be helpful in any way.