Changes coming to the CUPE 2081 Website
We are working on a new and improved CUPE 2081 website for members!!!
New Collective Agreement
Hopefully the Collective Agreement finishes proofing, gets signed off and is printed before our next round.
You will find a copy of the Memorandum of Settlement located under the "Collective Agreements & Bylaws" tab at the top of the website page.
Bill C-377 affects you!
Bill C-377 is a Conservative attempt to silence unions, says CUPE to Finance Committee
Please see the link below. There is a motion on the upcoming General Membership Meeting Agenda regarding Bill C-377. This is a very important topic for all members. The motion on the agenda is about our support in fighting Bill C-377.
As indicated in the article, this is not about transparency; this is about silencing union’s and invading your privacy information.
Here is a very useful and interesting website that may will let you know who voted which way (yes or no) for what bill, and for which party they represent, that are being vetted through parliament.
Change to members benefits
Please find the link to the PharmaCare Formulary Search engine here.
As of May 13th, 2013 the members will be moving towards a change in the prescription drug plan provided through Manulife. Only drugs listed on the BC Pharmacare Formulary will be eligible for reimbursement, unless you retain special authorization through PharmaCare.
Claims incurred prior to May 13th, 2013
Most drugs legally required a written prescription from a Physician or Dentist were eligible.
Claims incurred on or after May 13th, 2013
Only drugs listed on the Formulary are eligible for reimbursement unless you obtain Special Authroization through PharmaCare. Members will be provided a Pay Direct Card allowing claims to be submittted electronically by the pharmacist.
The impact on you and your family will depend on your current drug usage.
If you have obtained special authority in the past, you need only forward a copy of the approval to Manulife. If you have not obtained approval in the past you will need ot speak with your physician about applying for Special Authorization.
You can check your prescriptions on the website by using the DIN number of your prescription or entering a partial/full name of your prescription to see if it requires special authority.
If it does, your doctor can either make the request or suggest an alternative medication which is covered. If the special authority request is not successful, you will need to notify the Union office and also contact Marie Glover, at firstname.lastname@example.org and enter in the subject line "formulary". That will prioritize your email and we will attempt to work on a solution for you.
We know there will be some "glitches" along the way as this is a new process across the province in the college's sector and will do our best to limit the impacts and resolve them for you as quickly as possible.
CUPE Local now a part of the BC College's Website
CUPE College's across BC have designed and developed a new communication website for College sector employees.
Please visit the site at http://bccolleges.cupe.ca/ and check out news and information. The CUPE Local 2081 video promoting the work we do is also available for viewing at this site.
College's Works Campaign video of CUPE 2081 members
Please note the following link to our new CUPE 2081 video production for the College's Works Campaign!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge our member Jason King, Roseanne Moran CUPE Communications, and all the participants involved in the making of this video.
The video is one part of our ongoing "Colleges Works Campaign" in conjunction with CUPE National.
Vacation – it’s yours to use
Union negotiated for you over the years, an annual vacation entitlement.
Without a Union, you would start with only 2 weeks vacation, but here at Camosun, our Collective Agreement starts us off with 3 weeks and then provides more days as we gain seniority, up to 6 weeks per year, plus bonus days after 10, 15 and 20 year anniversary years. All that is in addition to the Christmas week.
We also have provision for carrying over up to 10 vacation days into to the next calendar year.
And don't forget, the break between Christmas Eve and New Years was negotiated by your Union on your behalf!
The Union has been asked, “What happens if I have more than 10 days to carry over? Do I lose the extra days?”
The answer is NO! You cannot lose your vacation days.
Clause 2.01 tells us that it is the College’s right and responsibility to “direct the working forces,” which includes scheduling breaks and vacations as per the Collective Agreement (C/A). The C/A further dictates (Clauses 20.02 and 20.03) that we are to be informed of our vacation entitlement each February, that vacation schedules shall be determined by mutual agreement and seniority, that we will be informed in October of any unused vacation, and that there is a process and a form to carry over any remaining vacation days.
That clearly puts the onus on the College to ensure our vacations are being scheduled and carry-over forms are submitted. And here’s an important point:
The C/A does not say vacation “may” be carried over…it says, “the remaining entitlement will be carried over to the following year.” And then it goes on to say, “With mutual agreement, such vacation entitlement may be converted to additional pay.”
But nowhere does it say Too Bad, So Sad, you lose the extra days.
The Union negotiated vacation because vacation is important to our health, our families, and yes, our ability to do our jobs efficiently and effectively.
But workload and resources being what they are, sometimes things come up, and our managers are busy over-worked people too, so sometimes things do fall through the cracks. If for any reason you have more than the allotted 10 days to carry over, do not violate your own Collective Agreement by abandoning those extra days. Think about it…losing a vacation day would be the same as working for free.
It is not your fault if you have more vacation left than the carry-over clause allows. It is the College’s responsibility to ensure an appropriate vacation schedule gets created and followed. It is also the College’s responsibility to set priorities, and authorize overtime (or not) and hire additional staff (or not).
If you believe you’ve lost out on any vacation, whether it’s because of too much carry-over time, or failing to submit the carry-over form, contact the Union office or a Union Steward.
They will ensure your vacation allotment is rectified, either in the form of carry-over or as a cash payout.
After all, it’s part of your compensation and is rightfully yours.