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Draft LOU Proposals

City management would like to consolidate a number of existing hours of work LOUs in various departments into generic templates for its new payroll system. Please be aware that NOTHING has been agreed to. We received numerous criticisms, feedback and suggested proposals from the membership after the release of the original draft proposals. We took these concerns back to the employer and let them know how concerned the membership is. The employer will be incorporating concerns and will be developing another set of drafts for the membership to consider. It is important to stress that NO CHANGES will be made without further consultation and input from the membership and nothing will be agreed to until members affected have had a chance to vote on any changes. Please contact the local with your questions and concerns.

Civic Pension Townhall

Monday night, December 15th, over 150 people attended a town hall to learn about the recently submitted joint proposal to amend the Regina Civic Employee’s Superannuation and Benefit Plan (the plan).  The presentation is available here, if you would like to view the presentation.

http://www.honourourdeal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RCPP-Town-Hall-Presentation-Dec-15-2014-Dec.-16-2014.pdf

During the evening, one point was discussed repeatedly: the need for you to continue to participate in our campaign to save our defined benefit plan.  Though the Employee and the Employer Sponsors believe we have amended the plan to address all of the Superintendent’s concerns and bring the plan into compliance with the Pension and Benefits Act, we still need the approval of Cabinet in order to implement the amendments. We need to ensure that we have the government’s support, and your help is needed to achieve this.

Please take a moment to visit http://www.honourourdeal.ca/take-action/ and send a letter to the Minister of Justice (responsible for pensions), Regina MLAs and the Superintendent.  This letter will be posted on the FCAA website and will help to gain the support of our government.

For a summary of the Pension Deal reached click here: http://www.honourourdeal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Understanding-the-Pension-Deal-Handout-Dec.-15-2014.pdf

To read the memorandum in full, click here: http://www.honourourdeal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/MOA-Nov-21-2014.pdf

 

Apprenticeship Policy Proposal

The City of Regina has released a proposal for a new apprenticeship program. CUPE Local 21 has several concerns around this proposal. First off, the City did not engage the local for any discussions or input around this new program. Secondly, it proposes to have a pre-selection panel made up entirely of management to interview applicants BEFORE submitting applications to the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) to determine suitability. The proposal also seeks to remove seniority from the picture by removing it as the primary driver in the selection process. Someone hired off the street can be considered ahead of a member that has spent years working with the City of Regina. The proposal can be viewed by clicking on the links below. We ask members to review the proposal and supply feedback to the local. We will seek to hold a vote on this issue to get direction from the membership in January.

Apprenticeship Policy - Page 1

Apprenticeship Policy - Page 2

Election Results

The following officers were elected in by-elections held September 9, 2014:

1st Vice-President – Darren Grychowski

Recording Secretary – Carley Makuch

Trustee – Warren Johnson

The following officers were elected in by-elections held October 14, 2014:

Executive Member at Large – Darren Srochenski

Executive Member at Large – Steve Voss

The following officers were elected in by-elections held November 12, 2014:

Executive Member at Large – Tim Anderson

Sergeant at Arms – Wade Zalopski


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