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IMPORTANT SCHEDULED RALLY DATES

Saturday April 8, 2017:12:15 - 12:45 @ 1010 Winnipeg Street Constituency Office of Kevin Doherty
Tuesday April 11, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.@ Regina Public School Board
(School Board Meeting to follow, please attend as well if possible)
April 12, 2017 4:00 p.m. @ Legislative Building
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to attend this rally and raise awareness concerning the budget and the effects it is having and will have to the public sectors.We hope to see you there.

General Membership Meeting Date Changed

Another update is that our next membership meeting will be held on May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Multicultural room at the board office....normally our meeting would have been held on May 2, but it has to be cancelled due to grievance presentations with the board on the evening of May 2. Thanks for being flexible with this date.
March 8, 2017 Rally at the Legislative Building

CUPE 3766 is pleased to share that one of our members was interviewed at the Rally. Make sure to check out the link below. Great job Valerie!

http://leaderpost.com/news/politics/hundreds-rally-at-legislative-building-over-proposed-cuts/amp


I thank the many who have already sent letters to their MLA's, and filled out the 3 petitions I asked you to sign. I'm sending you the links to the petitions again, and I'm asking you one final time, before the budget is released on March 22....if you've NOT filled out BOTH petitions, PLEASE DO SO NOW. Please note, I'm not yelling at you, only stressing the importance of everyone standing up for our children and our jobs! As previous emails stated, I can't do this alone, this executive cannot do this alone, it will take all 550 plus members to do this, and ask your family, friends, neighbours etc......Tuesday is our last day on these petitions....and it would be a beautiful sight if this government was overwhelmed by the responses. The links are as follows:

In response to the provincial government’s cuts, layoffs, threats of unpaid days off, and demanding public sector workers get a 3.5% pay cut, the SFL has created a letter that people can send to Premier Brad Wall telling him to stop the attack on public sector workers.
The letter is in support of the Own It! campaign, and can be found here:
http://www.sfl.sk.ca/stoptheattack

Please go to the page, fill in your information, send a letter and then forward this email to anyone who might be interested.
From Larry Hubich President Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

The second petition needs a bit of explanation before you sign it. You will be asked to submit your first/last name, email/mailing addresses and postal code. These are the legalities when signing any petition. When you give this information on the links below (change.org), please unclick the boxes that state, "keep me updated on this campaign and other from CUPE Saskatchewan" and "display my name and comment on this petition" please note, you are not required to give any information on "I'm signing because" this is optional. Please click "sign".

It's important that you check our email within a few minutes after the above noted process, as the next step is on a 1 hour time limit. You will be notified by change.org via your email "just 1 more step", click the "log in". You will be notified that "you signed the" petition. You'll also see a notice that says, "Chip in $5 or more to help win this campaign", PLEASE DO NOT DONANTE ANY MONEY TO change.org as CUPE has already paid them for this service. One final note about signing petitions on change.org, you will receive other petitions to sign via your email. I simply delete the petitions, as I'm careful about choosing petitions to sign. Please sign as per your personal preference.
Here is the petition link:
https://www.change.org/p/advisory-panel-on-education-reform-speak-out-for-saskatchewan-s-k-12-education-system-before-it-s-too-late

The social media links to "where's the funding" campaign from the past week. Please watch the video from the leader post, Ashley Martin was wonderful! I'm grateful to the Leader-Post for producing this awesome video on front line education support workers message! It's about the kids! I hope Brad Wall wakes up, stop the cuts.
https://t.co/gVqvhxJKfF?ssr=true

Check this one out!
http://www.620ckrm.com/2017/03/16/latest-public-sector-cuts-will-be-to-much-for-education-support-workers-cupe-said/#.WMssb3a6H_8.email

Check out another one, FYI, I'm not an education rep, I'm a structured learning assistant.
http://www.cbc.ca/1.4028263

Check it out:
http://globalnews.ca/news/3315916/that-is-devastating-sask-educational-support-worker-worried-about-potential-pay-cut/

This was the first one I did last Monday
http://www.cbc.ca/1.4024632

One final medial outlet is the radio commercials have been playing since last Wednesday on C 95 (Saskatoon FM), Z 99 (Regina FM), CJME 980 (AM), and CKRM 620 (AM). We are still in the process of having the ads broadcasted on community radio. I've attached the files of the ads, so you can hear them.....in a few weeks I'll be running a new radio message, it will be our "Plan B".

Thank you

Jackie

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE RADIO ADS BELOW:

https://sk.cupe.ca/files/2017/03/SP4449-Wheres_the_Funding_1.mp3
https://sk.cupe.ca/files/2017/03/SP4455-Wheres_the_Funding_2.mp3
Applying for EI over the February Break

The waiting period for EI is now only 1 week, this is effective January 1, 2017!

Applying for EI over the February Break

If you are starting a new EI claim please click on the EI tab located our on our web-site at www.cupe3766.com , then click on the “Overview on EI Benefits” for more information. Please remember if you’re starting a new EI claim, you’ll need to request a new Record of Employment (ROE) from Jo-Ann Hincks at jo-ann.hincks@rbe.sk.ca

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

You may be entitled to EI during the February break as you are NOT paid for these days, other than February 20th, the Family day statutory holiday.

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 4 day break. Actively looking for employment includes, updating your resume and/or spending time each day viewing and applying for job on line or at a job bank (for example, saskjobs.ca). For more information on actively seeking employment, please review the document called, “Your Responsibilities” on our local’s web-site at www.cupe3766.com

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 February 17th, 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 by going to our local’s web-site at www.cupe3766.com , and then click on our collective agreement tab. You can also find this information on Atrieve by viewing your monthly 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)”.

If you worked the week of February 13th to 17th, 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.

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 at 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”

When filling out your online EI application, please don’t forget to claim your statutory holiday pay for February 20, 2017. You must declare this money as income. How do you figure out your holiday pay as it’s not stated on your statement of earning?

For permanent and temporary contract members, your amount of statutory holiday pay is the same amount as your regular working day (excluding supervision pay). For casual/sub members, your amount is calculated differently, it’s dependant 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 Family day statutory holiday pay. Jo-ann can be reached at jo-ann.hincks@rbe.sk.ca

Once you receive your EI access code, report for the week of February 19th to 25th. If you’ve not already reported your February 20th statutory holiday pay on your online application, you must declare it as earning on your EI report. When declaring your statutory holiday pay on your report, you must declare the income as “other monies information”. You will be asked “did you or will you receive any other money” you need to reply yes. Only answer yes for the week of February 19- 25. After you accept all information as correct on your report, a warning sign may appear directing you to contact EI at 1-800-206-7218. You will not be asked for the amount of statutory holiday pay, which is why you need to contact EI. Your claim will not be processed until you contact EI. I understand that contacting EI is frustrating, however hears a little hint: when calling the number above, your call will be automatically directed to an EI agent. I wish all EI calls were this easy. This is why it is better to claim your February 20th statutory holiday pay as income with your online application.

If your report is for a two week period then you will report for the full week of earnings for February 26th to March 4th. Once again, when you report your income for this week, please don’t forget to include your lunch/playground supervision. It may not seem relevant as you may not be receiving EI benefits for this week; however you must accurately report all income.

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’ve 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 your claim, don’t hesitate to phone the EI office at 1-800-206-7218 and ask them for help. It’s their job to help clients.

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.

Jackie Christianson

President CUPE Local 3766



************************************URGENT SPECIAL MEETING***************************************

The Executive has called a special meeting on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at Martin Collegiate, in the auditorium from at 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

The reason for the special meeting is to discuss the government’s plan on school board amalgamations, and how that will affect us as CUPE Local 3766 and in particular our collective agreement. To put it bluntly, if the government goes through with their plan, our local will no longer exist, and neither will our collective agreement. The government will announce their plan with the budget, which is normally done around the third week of March.

On January 13, the government sent a letter to all school division chairs and mandated them to share in the effort to reduce expenses and increase revenue by negotiation/bargaining with public sector employees (us). The government instructed school divisions “need to consider such things as freezing in rage increments, general wage increases and performance/bonus pay….and to consider options that could reduce compensation cost, both in the immediate term and on a more long term basis in order to lessen the need for actions that would reduce the size of the government.” Given this directive from the government it will affect our ability to negotiate in good faith with our employer when we meet with them for the first time on March 14th. Furthermore, over the last two weeks, reductions to our members have already begun.

Last week, CUPE education support workers who were not in a bargaining position (like us) but who had ratified, and legally binding collective agreements, were approached by their employers (school divisions) and asked to open their collective agreement to discuss the government’s mandated from the January 13 letter. These school divisions were given until February 9th to report back to the government on the progress made to open already ratified collective agreements. Of course this is illegal; however the government’s arrogance is showing as they still mandated for school divisions to proceed. We’ll wait to see what the governments next move will be….will they force school divisions to precede in this illegal manner or not?

The public has overwhelmingly supported the need for the government to keep the status quo in the education sector. However, our government is not listening to the public pressure and is continuing with their plan as “everything is on the table”. Time is of the essence for us to give a message to the government, and leave our education sector alone! We have less than 1 month to initiate part two of our action plan, but we cannot do this alone, it will take all of our member’s efforts to act on the government’s mandate/plan.

Please join us on Wednesday February 15 at Martin. As per article 5 (b) of our bylaws, only the business of the special meeting will be discussed.

The subjects to be discussed are as follows:

1) School board amalgamations, how will this affect our local and our collective agreement?

2) Government’s mandate, how will this affect the local’s ability to bargain in good faith?

3) What has been occurring in our local since January 5th?

4) CUPE Local 3766 plan of action
· Contacting your MLA: meeting, phone, letter, other
· Education Works Steering Committee Cost-share, motion required
· March 8th Rally, motion required



Thank you

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

Welcome to the Cupe Local 3766 Website! Updates are always coming so check back often!

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