CUPE Local 4848

Newsletter 4848 - November 2017

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Message from the President - 31 October 2017

Sisters and brothers of local 4848.

Another year has passed us by and we your executive are getting ready to set an agenda for the coming one. I hope all is well with you and your family’s, and that you are taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. As paramedics and dispatchers, we work in a very high stress occupation, which in turn can affect us and our family’s in a very adverse way. In recognizing this we must take all precaution necessary to make sure we stay healthy, so we can then focus on the tasks at hand. Our perception from the public is one of help, protection and trust. We are highly regarded and respected across this province and are surely but slowly making gains in this profession.

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estoppel letter

Sisters and brothers of local 4848.

There has been a lot of questions around the estoppel and how it affected us as a union. In April, 1252 requested a meeting with the board, as they were hearing rumors of some kind of job action that was going to be taken by 4848. In that meeting it was advised to us that we should send a estoppel letter to ANB, advising them that all past practices and unsigned agreements will no longer be followed. At that time Kim asked the representatives of 1252 if she could send it, or did it have to come from them. We were told Kim, as our rep could send it, keeping in mind that ANB did not have to honour it at this time because both parties were in negotiations and therefore a stat freeze of the contract was in effect, meaning either side could not change anything. Once the new contract was signed the estoppel letter would then take affect. An example of the estoppel letter is this… in the past we never took our 15 min breaks as we are entitled to in the contract. By doing this it was looked upon by the company as job action and became a labor board issue. By serving the estoppel letter, this gives us the right to get back to the contract and stop all unsigned deals good or bad. We then sit down with ANB and have all these agreements in a document signed by both parties for you, the membership to see. I’m told there is upward of 100 agreements. This does not stop any signed agreements, example being our MOAs. Only unsigned agreements and past practices that wasn’t being followed in the contract.

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