ECECAF Post Secondary Scholarship Update

Attention all CUPE Local 30 members with dependants participating in post-secondary education;

The rules for the distribution of scholarships have changed:  New scholarship guidelines and application forms were effective for post-secondary entrance starting September 1, 2014. Applications are to be submitted AFTER term completion and within 90 days. That is, for the Fall 2014 term, apply at the end of December (until March 31).

For more information, Scholarship Guidelines and the Application form, please visit:  http://ececaf.ca/scholarships

Mike Scott
President

Arborists to the rescue… helping our friends to the south

Following the September snow storm that devasted Calgary trees, CUPE Local 30 Arborists from the City of Edmonton responded to the call for help. Four City of Edmonton trucks headed south to assist, working 11+ hour days for 2 weeks to assist in the massive cleanup effort, removing hazardous limbs from trees in several communities. Despite the “rivalry” between our cities, many thankful Calgarians appreciated CUPE Local 30s brotherly support.

Arborists

CUPE Negotiator finds strength to bargain for members despite family tragedy

CUPE LogoEDMONTON – For most parents, having a 35-year-old daughter with a terminal illness would make their job the last thing on their mind; however, CUPE Local 30 Business Agent Al Halaby found negotiating a collective agreement allowed him to focus on the future.

With his daughter Adele hospitalized after complications from surgery, Halably’s wife quit her job to provide 24/7 care for their daughter. Although Halaby did not have this same option, CUPE Local 30 accommodated his hours of work so that he could negotiate the collective agreement with the City of Fort Saskatchewan from his daughter’s hospital bed.

“It was an important round of bargaining for over 200 CUPE members,” said Halaby. “So I continued to negotiate work while spending precious time with Adele. Together, we discussed every part of the negotiation process.”

“The night we discussed our aggressive wage proposal she said ‘just go for it Daddy, there is only one way to find out’,” said Halaby.

Halaby negotiated a collective agreement with a wage increase of 10.5 per cent over three years, as well as increases for overtime work, better shift premium, and benefit improvements, which was unanimously approved by the membership.

“It may seem unusual to some that I kept working, but Adele wouldn’t have it any other way,” Halaby said. “As far as I’m concerned, the collective agreement between CUPE and Fort Saskatchewan is ‘Adele’s contract.’” “Her amazing strength kept me focused on improving the future for these CUPE members,” said Halaby.

The contract was signed on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Fort Saskatchewan.

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Bargaining Proposal Ratification Meetings

Members of the City of Edmonton Bargaining Unit are requested to attend a special meeting on December 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm at the Union Hall to ratify the bargaining proposals that will be presented to the City of Edmonton. The poster for this meeting may be viewed by clicking here.

The Fort Saskatchewan Bargaining Unit ratification meeting has been rescheduled to December 11, 2013. Click here for the meeting poster with all of the details.