ManuLife Beneft Session

Local 21 Members:

A brief presentation regarding the change over from BlueCross to  ManuLife as well as a question & answer session will take place during the 10 March 2020 General membership meeting. If you plan to attend please remember our new start time is 5:00 pm till June 2020.

From the Director of People & Organizational Culture, Marlys Tafelmeyer (HR):

It’s official! Our Benefit Carrier transition to Manulife occurred on March 1st.

After months of preparation and planning, we’re proud to say our project team achieved all of the implementation goals on time by working collaboratively with Blue Cross and Manulife throughout the entire transition. The team has also provided training sessions to employees throughout the organization to help everyone prepare for the change.

Thank you to everyone who joined our information sessions and encouraged their teams to attend. During the month of February, over 700 employees attended 30 information sessions to learn more about what Manulife has to offer. In addition, during the month of March, technology information sessions will be held to ensure employees feel confident with the plan member site and mobile app. Go to the Learning Calendar on City Connect under the New Benefits Carrier – Technology Session to sign up for one of the technology information sessions.

Benefit cards were mailed to employees’ home addresses and are now ready to be used. Claims can now be submitted to Manulife!

Didn’t get a benefit card in the mail? Email benefits@regina.ca
Looking for more information about the change? Visit CityConnect.
Have questions about making a claim? Contact Manulife: call 1-800-268-6195 or visit Manulife’s plan member site, select Send a note under the Contact us tab.

Need to make changes to your benefits (add a spouse/child), want to know more about life insurance or beneficiary information? Contact benefits@regina.ca

Please Note: If you log onto the Manulife website, your benefit balances may not be available to view until mid-March. Blue Cross requires time to finalize claims submitted up to February 28th. Once Blue Cross has finalized those claims, final balances will be provided to Manulife to upload to the Manulife website.

Stay tuned for more information on how Manulife provides tools and rewards for healthy living through the Vitality app. Thank you again for your commitment to sharing updates and easing the transition for our employees.

Special Membership Meeting: CBA Finalization / Ratification Vote

As you may or may not have seen on our website, we are planning on holding day and night time meetings with the membership to discuss and vote on the remaining items from bargaining.

The scheduling around these items is crucial as not everyone needs to vote on everything.

There are items that affect the entire membership then there are LOU’s that affect individual areas.

We have booked the Italian Club hall on the January 29, 30 and 31, 2020 for discussion and voting at the Union hall located at: 2148 Connaught St.

Below you will find a breakdown of what discussion will be presented on a specific day and whether or not you need to attend.

Please note: We have reached out to the employer regarding participation during work time on January 29. They will support this and give direction to the areas to be flexible. However, you still need approval from your supervisor to attend and if you are not able to due to operational requirements, we then encourage you to attend the other meeting scheduled that day.

The scheduled time periods for January 30 and 31 are intended to be outside your standard working hours and to accommodate anyone on layoff, please plan accordingly.

1. City Reorganization Structure:
January 29, 2020. (12:00 noon / 8:00 pm)
– Includes all active members and any member on layoff.
– 2020 proposed buget.
– Notice of Motion Bylaw amendments (short reading of the amendments / no discussion or vote at this time)

2. Letters of Understanding (LOU) (area specific):
(A Letter of Understanding or LOU is a formal text that sums up the terms and understanding of a contract which mostly has been negotiated up to this point only in spoken form. It reviews the terms of an agreement for a service, a project or a deal and is often written as a step before a more detailed contract is issued).

January 30 & 31 are in regard to specific Letters of Understanding (LOU’s) for specific areas, not everyone needs to be in attendance.

Your attendance is only required if you currently work in the area outlined, this includes while on layoff.

You need only attend one (1) of the time periods scheduled for January 30 or 31 that pertains to your area.

January 30:
– Recreational Service employees & Golf Course employees (8:00 am / 12 noon / 4:00 pm)
– Parks Districts employees (5:00 pm)

January 31:
– RDWY Operations employees (Alleys, Asphalt, Concrete, Landscape Trades) (8:00 am / 4:30 pm)
– Parks Districts employees (10:00 am)
– Solid Waste Collection employees (6:00 pm)
– Landfill Operations employees (8:00 pm)

This schedule will be posted on the website.

We encourage everyone to participate in this process; any questions or concerns please call or email the Union office at: (306) 352-8282 / cupe.local21@sasktel.net

Please note:  We encourage all members to visit the Local 21 website for all future communications regarding:

  • General membership meeting notices (2nd Tuesday of each month).
  • Special membership meeting notices (24 hour notice).
  • Periodic updates / upcoming functions / events and action alerts at: local21.ca
  • Local 21 app is available for download (as local 21 was the first to receive this app within the Cupe structure, please note that this app has a challenge or two, on going improvements continue). 

Laird Williamson
A/ President

Message from Cupe National President

January 23, 2020 BY E-MAIL

To the Members of CUPE Local 21:

I am heading home from Regina today, after a couple of days of meetings and picket line support for Unifor and their Local 594 members at the Co-op Refinery Complex.

I am so very proud of our Local 21 members who, as the Regina Police Service attempted to break the Unifor picket line on Monday night, exercised their right to refuse the work. That show of solidarity was vital to Unifor’s ability to hold the line that night. And Unifor has expressed to me their immense gratitude for your actions.

Your continued commitment to solidarity with the Co-op workers is going to be key to their success in this dispute. It is important that you continue to refuse work intended to dismantle the picket lines.

Please know that you have my personal support, the support of our National Union, and the support of 700,000 CUPE members from coast to coast in this.

In solidarity,
MARK HANCOCK National President

Statement from CUPE National on Unifor Picket Lines

Nearly eight hundred (800) members of Unifor Local 594 at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina have been locked out in freezing conditions since December 5, 2019. Federated Co-operatives Limited owns the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina.

Regina Outside City Workers’ Local 21 CUPE stands in solidarity with members of Unifor Local 594, and we urge the Co-op Refinery Complex to get back to the table, drop the concessions, and negotiate a fair deal with their workers.

We ask that members respect the picket lines and want to remind workers of their right to refuse unsafe work.

CUPE supports our members in their refusal to participate in any actions potentially interfering with the lock out.

Regina Outside City Workers’ Local 21 CUPE members are encouraged to join a solidarity rally (on their own time) on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in front of Gate 7 at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina on Fleet Street, north of McDonald Street.

Mark Hancock, National President of CUPE and Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan, will be joined on Wednesday by CUPE members to bolster the picket line and show support for Unifor Local 594.

Communication Update

CASUAL BANK TIME

The Local 21 office has received calls regarding the new casual vacation bank and some general confusion about how it is applied since an internal memo was circulated.

This is the clause as it stands today with the edit in bold: SCHEDULE B – COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
B8. Annual Vacation

Annual vacation shall be provided to employees who are covered by this agreement in accordance with the provisions of The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) and any subsequent amendments.

All earned vacation pay will be placed in a vacation money bank at the rate that the vacation is earned.

The employee can access this money, on request, by indicating on their timesheet prior to the cut-off date, the dollar amount requested. This money will be included with any current earnings on the applicable pay period.

Any monies in the vacation money bank will be paid out to the employee on the last pay period following their last day of work with the City or the last pay period of the calendar year, whichever period comes first.

A few facts that may help clear this up:

– Casual vacation entitlement is set by the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) which is 3/52 your wage if you have worked for the employer for less than ten (10) years and 4/52 your wage if you have been employed longer than ten (10) years.

– This amount used to be paid out on every pay period / cheque.

– Now this money is placed into a money bank to be withdrawn at your leisure.

– Casuals ARE entitled to take vacation time insofar as operational requirements will allow in tandem with Branch practices for vacation. Some areas use a first come first serve model, others go by seniority, ask your supervisor what practice is established in your area.

– Part-time casuals ARE entitled to vacation time.

– Vacation money does not equal vacation time. There was a misconception that because casuals got their vacation pay paid on their cheque that they were not entitled to take vacation, this is FALSE. If that misconception remains, please contact the union office.

– Layoff does NOT constitute vacation; however a casual may choose not to take their entitled vacation time during their season.

– A monies pay out can happen separate from taking the time off.

– You can still have it paid out on every pay period / cheque; you just have to request it.

The easiest way to think of it is separate the time entitlement from the money bank. In most cases you are entitled three (3) weeks a year of vacation TIME; the time will be slotted as unpaid vacation and awarded in the way your branch has normally done it.

At any time you may request whatever money amount from your bank that you wish.

For some people it will be the equivalent amount of lost wages for a vacation, for others it will be none because they want to keep it there for lay off or a rainy day, many will likely choose to take a single week off but pay out the entire amount, or you may have it paid out every cheque.

This item was designed to create maximum flexibility for casual staff and to clear up any confusion about casual vacation time entitlement.

Hopefully this has helped straighten out any confusion regarding this item. If anyone has further questions please call the union office at (306) 352-8282.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS – START TIME CHANGE FOR 2020

In December the Executive table voted to move the General Membership meeting start time to 5:00 pm instead of the usual 7:00 pm.

We will try this model out until June and see if this helps with our quorum issue. The meetings will remain on the second (2nd) Tuesday of every month with the exception of July and August in which we do not have a meeting due to vacation season.

Our next meeting is 14 January 2020 at 5:00 pm which will be business as usual except we have to vote on our budget and read five (5) Bylaw amendments.

CITY REORGANIZATION

In 2019 while Local 21 was negotiating our next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the employer was finalizing the reorganization of their Branch / reporting structure absent of Union input.

This decision unfortunately left us having to make it fit with our current CBA in collaboration with the Labour Relations (LR) team. Our current structure is contained in Schedule B.

This item and any pertinent Letter of Understanding (LOU) were tabled for future discussion and agreement by both parties. Since that time we have invested a considerable amount of time negotiating what this “new world” might look like and have tentatively landed on – placing the structure in the CBA as defined by the employer while having certain LOU’s to make the re-org fit our purpose.

Currently there are four (4) proposed LOU’s:
– Parks districts transfer option
– Roadways & Transportation Services peak season
– Community Services amalgamation
– Water Waste & Environmental (WWE) Branch separation

These four (4) LOU’s will cover a considerable amount of staff and we need member engagement to decide whether or not to accept and sign these LOU’s. We will be setting time aside in the coming weeks together with a mail out to members with dates and times to discuss and vote on these LOU’s.

These LOU’s all contain thirty (30) day out clauses and could be renegotiated if there were some glaring inequality discovered at a later date.

Keep an eye on the website for more details including dates, times, and locations for informational meetings. We are tentatively preparing for the last week in January to have these discussions.

Laird Williamson
Acting President 

Casual Transfer Request Changes

Please note:

  • Eligible casual members will have more than 2069 hours.
  • New intake period: November 15 to December 31. (no longer January 1 to February 15).
  • No late requests for transfer will be accepted.
  • Eligible Local 21 casuals can only select up to five (5) Branches for transfer.
  • Submit transfer requests to People & Orginizational Culture Department (HR) – 11th Floor – City Hall.