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Applying for EI over the Christmas Break

This update will apply for CUPE 3766 members who are re-opening/re-activating their EI claim during the Summer Break.

You may be entitled to EI during the Christmas break as you are NOT paid for these days, other than the statutory holidays on Sunday December 25 (Christmas) and Sunday January 1 (New Year). You are NOT paid for Boxing Day, Monday December 26th.

Please note that all regular EI rules apply. For example; you must inform EI if you leave the country and you must actively look for employment during your 10 day break. Actively looking for employment includes, updating your resume and/or spending time each day viewing and applying for jobs on line or at a job bank for example www.saskjobs.ca For more information on actively seeking employment, please review the attached PDF, “2016 EI Your Responsibilities”.

These are EI rules, NOT CUPE 3766; we are trying to make this transition smooth for our members. This overview is for information purposes only, we are curious about the types of problems our members experience, but please remember, we are not EI experts. We are just trying to get through the system/process as you are.

For most of our members the last day of work is Wednesday December 21, therefore you can re-open your claim at the end of this work day.

You will need to know your hourly wage and supervision pay. This information can be found on your Atrieve Statement of Earnings & Deductions. You will need to know this information prior to opening your claim.

To re-open your claim on-line go to http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca If you do not have access to a computer you can visit the EI office and use one of their computers. The office is located at 1783 Hamilton Street, Regina, S4P 2B6.

When asked the question, “where you given a reference code”, please answer NO, as our reference code was electronically submitted to EI at the end of June 2016.

When asked “Why are you no longer working”, please click the box, “Shortage of work (including Layoff, End of Contract, End of Season, and Office Closure)”.

Please remember all income must be reported, including statutory holiday pay, regular pay and supervision pay.

If you worked the week of December 19-21, you’ll need to claim all money earned during this period. This includes any lunch and playground supervision. The rate of pay for lunch/playground supervision is $22.89 per hour.

Your expected date for return to work is January 5, 2017.

The amount of your last week of earnings that EI automatically calculates for you may differ than the actual amount earned. The difference may be due to your supervision being a different rate of pay compared to your regular hourly rate of pay. If this is the case, then please state, “no” you do not agree with the amount and then clarify in the space provided as “supervision pay diff”

If you do not receive your access code from EI within 28 days, PLEASE CONTACT EI. Please don’t assume that EI has accepted your claim, if you have not heard from them within 28 days, call them, otherwise your claim may not be accepted as submitted. If you have problems, re-opening or reporting for your claim, do not hesitate to phone the EI office at 1-800-206-7218 and ask them for help. It is their job to help clients.

Once you receive your access code from EI, report for the week of December 25st to December 31st. Do not forget to include the Christmas statutory holiday pay for December 25th, please report this income as “Other Monies Information”.

Both Christmas and New Year statutory holidays are on Sunday, regardless, they are still earnings that we receive and must be reported to EI as earnings.

Please remember that we do not get paid for Monday December 26 (Boxing Day) as this is not a paid statutory holiday in our collective agreement.

Report your earnings for the week of January 1st to January 7th. Do not forget to include the New Year’s statutory holiday pay for January 1st, please report this income as “Other Monies Information”. As most members will return to work on January 5th, please don’t forget to include all your earnings for January 5th and 6th. Please include all supervision worked during these two days.

To calculate the statutory holiday pay for permanent and temporary contract members: the amount of statutory holiday pay for each day is the same amount as your regular working day (excluding supervision pay).

To calculate the statutory holiday pays for casual/sub members: the amount is calculated depending on how many days you worked prior to the statutory holiday. If you don’t know what this amount is, please click the box that state, “I don’t know this amount.” You will need to contact Jo-ann Hicks in payroll to get the exact amount of your Christmas and New Year’s Day statutory holiday pay. Jo-ann can be reached at jo-ann.hincks@rbe.sk.ca

Only after you have filed your claim and if you are denied, disqualified, need to file an appeal or if you have been notified that you will not be receiving EI benefits, please contact Mark Crawford at m.crawford@sasktel.net . Mark is an EI advocate for union members and has been a tremendous help to our members. Please note that Mark does not help with General Enquires such as; reporting, ROEs or if you are having trouble contacting EI. If you have any General Enquires concerns please go the EI office at 1783 Hamilton Street, Regina, S4P 2B6 or call them at 1-800-206-7218.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Jackie Christianson
President CUPE Local 3766
Homewood Health

Over the last month several members have requested information on our Homewood Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).They provide service for us 24/7. This program cost you the member nothing, regardless if your contract is casual, temporary or permanent. Your Union pays the cost of this service on a per member/per month basis, regardless if our members and their families use the service or not. To clarify our collective agreement, the service that we have with Homewood is unlimited, this includes unlimited counseling services. If you need the service please call Homewood, and let them know that your a CUPE 3766 member. You can find contact information for Homewood within the Counselling Services link on the top menu.

Request For Submissions

Good afternoon, thank you to the 190 members who attended our Christmas Social at the Doubletree on November 29th. The evening was celebrated with good friends and great food! Congratulations to the four members who attended the event as we celebrated their 25 + years of service. We also gave out the Union incentive....which is a $50 cheque for members who attend 4 out of 5 general membership meetings in the 2015-2016 school year.

Our members generously opened their hearts and wallets by brining unwrapped gifts to fill the CJME's Santa's Anonymous barrel, we collected $60.62 of Canadian Tire Money for Regina Food for Learning and our members bought $394 of 50/50 tickets in addition the CUPE Health Care Council gave the Local a $100 donation, in total our local raised $494 for Souls Harbour. Our members also opened their closets as we collected 2 boxes of winter accessories to help keep some students warm over the winter season.

The Social Committee is not done working as Vicki Cheah-Delnea will be submitting a CUPE 3766 Christmas Social report to the RPS Staff Info. Vicki needs your help to complete the submission, she is requesting members who took pictures in front of the large Christmas tree, to please send her an electronic copy of the picture(s) to vicki.cheahdelnea@rbe.sk.ca

Member In Need Fundraiser

For more information:

http://www.crowdrise.com/daniellegareau
CUPE Local 3766 Days of Work for the 2016/2017 School Year

Special Education Assistants, Teacher Associates, Developmental Classroom Assistants, Interpreters, Structured Learning Assistants, Food Services Assistants, Community School Nutrition Coordinators and Food Service Technicians are NOT required to work March 17, 2017, May 19, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and will be paid according to the 192 working days.

Administrative Assistants, Clerical Assistants, Resource Centre Assistants, and Braillists are NOT required to work on March 17, 2017, and will be paid according to the 194 working days.
Restraining Students Certification

If CUPE 3766 Members are instructed by their supervisors to restrain students without receiving the approved certification, please be cognitive of possible accidents, injuries and/or discipline resulting from the unauthorized use of restraints on students.
Cupe Local 3766 Resignations

If CUPE 3766 Members are contemplating resigning from their position in their schools, please contact your Shop Steward or President Jackie Christianson. Resignations are taken seriously and may only be rescinded within 24 hrs.
Postings and Applications for Internal Staffing

The postings and applications for internal staffing are now available on the RPS website. They can be found under the CAREERS section and you must be logged in to access them. You must go to www.rbe.sk.ca, click on "log in" in the upper right corner. Then on the far left, click on "careers" and there should be a link that will allow you to download the pdf's of the postings. The applications can be filled out and submitted directly from the website. Thanks!
Performance Evaluations

There has been an increase in the number of our members receiving performance evaluations that are not as satisfactory as our members felt they should have been. If you have concerns or questions about an evaluation that has been done or would like a copy of an evaluation form, please contact your school's shop steward. Your steward's contact information should be posed on a bulletin board at your school and is also on local's website: www.cupe3766.com.

Microsoft Home Office - Home Use Program

The Regina Board of Education offers a Microsoft Home Use Program permitting you to purchase Microsoft Office software for PC or Mac computers for a very reasonable price (approximately $11.00.) This is a one-time only offer from RBE. For more information or to take advantage of this program, please contact the boards IT department requesting the link to the Microsoft Home Use program. They will send a link to your RBE email account.

New Members / First Time Visitors

Please click on the About Us tab at the top of the page for a special welcome to CUPE 3766 and important information from President Jackie Christianson.

A Word of Caution When Using Social Media

Please use caution when using social media websites such as: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It is a privilege to work with students, families and staff in our school system every day.

To avoid discipline and to maintain respectful relationships in schools we need to ensure the confidentially of all students, families and staff. Please make sure your comments/pictures/videos are appropriate. If in doubt, leave it out! Take care out there!

Employee Incident Report

If any member has an incident at school please fill out an Employee Incident Report. An incident is an event which COULD or DOES result in unintended harm or damage. You can find copies of Employee Incident Reports by clicking on the Forms tab above. You can also request a copy of this report from your principal and/or administrative assistant.

When filling out any school incident reports please ensure that a copy of the report for yourself and copies of your report are forwarded on to your principal, OH&S Committee at your school, and the manager of Workplace Health and Wellness. If you have any issues with this procedure, please contact Jackie Christianson, jackiechristianson@myaccess.ca

Continuation of Benefits Request Form - Important Information to Remember

If your doctor has requested for you not return to work and you've run out of banked sick days you may be considered on a leave of absence. You will receive a Continuation of Benefits Request Form. It must be filled out within 14 days.

Several members are placed in this situation every year. It is important for you to consider the form carefully, even if you're not currently in this situation. The form gives you options into paying or not paying for the following benefits: Pension, LTD, Extended Health & Dental and Life Insurance.

It's important to factor in that some of these benefits are very expensive, in particular on a reduced income. However, a few of the benefits are relatively in-expensive, for example the LTD and life Insurance Benefits.

You may choose not pay into these benefits due to your current situation, but if your situation changes; you may require one of these benefits and will no longer have an option of accessing the benefits. Once you choose to not pay into your benefits, your decision is final.

Please contact your Shop Steward, Jackie Christianson or Jo-ann Hincks (306-523-3034) if you require assistance in making decisions on your benefits.

When Calling a Sub

As of April 1, 2016, all leaves must be entered through the Atrieve Employee Self Service HR and Payroll System. If the leave is not entered through Atrieve it will be listed as un-paid leave. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your school and ask your administrator to submit your leave request through the Atrieve system. Prior to submitting the following information, you must log into the Atrieve system to register your leave online. You may request casual/sub coverage when you are absent by calling 306-546-2088. When you call the sub-number, you will be required to provide the following information:

Whether you are a Teacher or a Teaching Assistant (if an assistant, indicate the amount of hours you work)
The first day the sub is required (a.m. p.m. or full day coverage)
Employee number
Name (first and last)
School or schools you work at
Specialized programs or areas you work in
Reason for absence
Any other additional days you require a sub along with the reasons for each request.

Employee and Family Assistance Provider

Homewood Solutions has been selected as our Employee Assistance provider; they can be reached, 24/7 at 1.800.663.1142

For more information : http://www.cupe3766.com/components.php?comp=contentmanager&op=getfile&sop=56

Pension Website

Please check the Regina Civic Employees' Pension Plan website http://www.reginapensions.ca. While there, check out the Member's area with Member Handbook section (for contibuting members), the 'Reading Your Statement' section, Pensioners section, Administration, and News sections. All kinds of valuable information regarding your pension is just a few clicks away.

FYI - Mileage Claims

If you travel between schools in your school day you are able to claim mileage as per our collective agreement. This would include members who have two half time contracts. Please contact your shop steward for further information.

Personal E-mail Loop and Shop Stewards: A Message from President Jackie Christianson

We are starting new with the personal email loop again. There are several new members in our system and several members who have resigned/retired. It is very difficult keeping up with these changes without your help!

Could one person in each school please check with our members in their school and ask if I have their email address? If our members do not wish to give out their personal email address, please make a list of their names and the email addresses you that you were able to get from our members and forward this information on to me at jackiechristianson@myaccess.ca

This seems to be the most effective way to communicate, along with our web-site, and then everyone should be informed of important information. Hope everyone is having a "smooth transition" into the new school year. Please let your shop stewards know if there are any concerns you have. They are very willing to help!

For a new list of shop stewards and their schools/email addresses, please check your school bulletin board for the list and/ or our web-site at www.cupe3766.com. Click on the "shop stewards" box. I really appreciate your help in this matter!

Jackie
Contacting Fellow Union Members

Many pages on this website provide email addresses for members to contact if you have questions or concerns.

PLEASE NOTE: when contacting fellow union members regarding union business, please use your PERSONAL E-MAIL AND COMPUTER. RBE has full access to any e-mails you send on their e-mail and computers, therefore, there is no privacy. ALSO: personal use of the RBE computers on the employers time could be grounds for discipline.

PLEASE USE YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT AND COMPUTER FOR ALL UNION BUSINESS!

Welcome to Cupe Local 3766

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