Membership Message

I would like to start out by thanking everyone who has been involved in the Outbreaks of Zone 1 and 5. It was remarkable how quickly everything came together to isolate the spread of COVID-19 in Zone 1 and through those efforts Zone 1 has returned to Yellow in just 2 weeks.

I want to thank all Dispatchers and Paramedics in a job well done over these last seven months. They haven’t been easy and we have been faced with challenge after challenge and like you have always done, everyone stepped up and overcame each challenge!

We even had to survive a 13-hour full moon Halloween!

Trustees’ Report

As communicated at our AGC, the trustees’ report was due to be completed in late October due to scheduling. Due to the outbreak in Moncton, the dates for October had to be cancelled.

Once new dates are scheduled with the trustees and treasurer I will update you.

Mental Health

As Dispatchers and Paramedics we continue to deal with this pandemic every day. We are seeing an increase in mental and physical issues in the everyday public all while keeping our personal issues on the back burner.

As members in health care, we see the effects of what stress can cause. I encourage you all to remember that it’s ok “not to be ok”. We need help sometimes and that’s not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

This executive and I hope that if you ever feel you need to reach out to family, friends , coworkers or this executive then  please do so.

Union Dues

There seems to be a misunderstanding of Union Dues within the membership.  I would like to give you the breakdown of the dues.

During the formation of CUPE Local 4848 and being granted our own charter, the delegates to the first convention formulated the bylaws of the Local. It was that first convention where paramedics decided to make the amount deducted at 2% of regular earnings.  Union dues are not collected on overtime.

Breakdown:

  • Regular earnings of 1957.5 hours paid at $25.98 = $50,855.85/year or $1955.99/pay
  • 2% Union Dues Collected based on above numbers = $1017.12/year or 39.12/pay
  • CUPE National takes 0.85% of the regular wages earned = $432.27/year or $16.63/pay
  • CUPE 1252 takes a flat fee of $6.25 per month per member for a total of $75/year.
  • CUPE 1252 receives the Union dues from the employer and deducts the National and 1252 dues, the remainder of the funds are transferred to CUPE Local 4848.

Upon the transfer of paramedics from CUPE to NBU, should the board make that ruling, the funds in the account of Local 4848 will remain with the Local as the ANB Dispatchers are still members and the funds belong to members of the local.

Had there been no members left in the local, the local would be de-certified and all funds would be placed in trust for five (5) years in case the local would be re-established. After five (5) years, the funds would be given back to CUPE National. You can verify this in the CUPE Constitution.

I hope this clears up any questions on where our dues go. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to any member of the Union.

 

Respectfully,

Andrew McLean
President, Local 4848