I apologize as it has been a few weeks since my last message has gone out but your Local Executive has been quite busy over the last few weeks. I wanted to try and get as much information out to you as best we could.
It is with great sadness that our local was made aware of the passing of recently retired Paramedic June Elizabeth McKay on September 22nd, 2020.
The local sends our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues who worked with her over the years. June dedicated over 30 years of her life to helping the community of Hampton as well as a member of Ambulance NB when it was formed in 2007. Her willingness and dedication to help others will never be forgotten.
As we are aware, we have some members self-isolating as a precaution at this time. This local sends support to all members affected by this and if anyone wishes to reach out please free to do so.
With the mandatory mask order in place for all public buildings / gatherings, we must make sure we are doing our best as well. I understand the frustration with the increased mask wearing; however it is our job to ensure we are not responsible for spreading this virus and realize that most of these directions are coming from the Pandemic Task Force or our Premier.
With two regions now returning to “Pandemic Recovery Level Orange”, we can see how quickly things can change if we become relaxed.
We had a great convention but it definitely had a different feel to it with masks and social distancing and some staff on Zoom. It was one for the history books.
As this was our first time the Station VP’s were able to get together, we were able to hold elections.
The 2-year term for President was up this year and I have been elected as your President. I will continue to do my best for all members as long as I have the authority to do so.
With my election to President, the Vice-president position was vacated and I am proud to announce that Chris Wall was elected for the remainder of the 2-year term. The Recording secretary term was up and Joe Cormier has been re-elected. With Chris Wall’s election that vacated the South Regional President position, Denny Cogswell has been elected by caucus choice for the remaining 2-year term.
I want to congratulate all members who were elected into all positions and trust we can work together to move our members forward.
The local has reached out to newly appointed Health Minister Dorothy Shepard, and to Premier Higgs, as well as the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick to request a meeting so we can address issues around our Paramedics and Dispatchers. We are looking forward to their reply.
We will also try to move forward on all issues that were brought up on the floor from your respective Station VP’s.
Information is still being collected from the parties involved. At this time, not all information that was requested has been released to CUPE and the first dates that were assigned for the hearing (November 4 – 6) may be pushed back, although it has not been confirmed as of yet.
Where the parties have all agreed to hold this hearing virtually, you can go to the Labour and Employment Board website and get a copy of the “COVID-19 Directives for Hearings at the Labour and Employment Board”.
There have been questions asked about streaming and/or recording the hearing. The board has strict rules surrounding this. An excerpt has been made available below.
Excerpt: Covid-19 Directives for Hearings at the Labour and Employment Board
II VIRTUAL HEARING PROTOCOL
During the Proceeding
6. The Board prohibits recording of proceedings. Do not record any part of the proceeding – this
includes taking screen shots and recording conversations.
Virtual Hearing Considerations
10. Public access to video hearings will be available, either by video or audio as practicable, by
making advance arrangements with the Board.
I want to remind Dispatchers and Paramedics that we are all in this together as we continue to work through this pandemic and deal with the endless changes. We are seeing an increase of calls around mental health and we all strive to do our best for our communities in these times of uncertainty.
Although we want to help others, we also need to ensure our physical and mental health is in check.
I would like to remind you there are many programs available and I encourage any member to reach out if you ever feel the need, this includes family, friends and members of this Executive.
I am extremely proud of the service you all do each and every day and keep up the great work.
President, Local 4848
I hope everyone had a chance to unwind and relax for the busy summer. With the leaves starting to change and the cooler temperatures, I know some of our members are starting to get out in the woods for relaxing hikes and some are even in search of the “Monster”! No matter what your avenue of relaxation is, I encourage you all to take time for yourselves. Time off is well deserved for all that we have been through together throughout this pandemic as well as a chance to recharge in the event of a possible outbreak.
The election has come and gone and we are now faced with the task of making sure our newly elected MLAs are doing what is best for each community and this province. Health care, recruitment & retention, as well as decent wage adjustments are all long overdue. As leaders in the prehospital field, we see the effects to the public and how people fall through the cracks when hospital hours and services are reduced. We will continue to work with any party that will keep the safety of our members and the public their number one priority.
On September 11th, we received confirmation that the Labour Board hearing on the Paramedics Reclassification will be held virtually on November 4th – 6th with back up dates of November 16th – 18th 2020. A quick message was sent out to your station VP to keep them informed as much as possible.
The Executive is hoping to have more details to provide to your elected union rep at our upcoming Annual General Convention so you can be updated as much as possible throughout this process.
The Executive officers are meeting September 16th – 17th with Labour Management on the 17th. We remain consistent in trying to work for the betterment of all dispatchers and paramedics, while we still have the authority to do so.
As always, should anyone have issues that need to be addressed, please forward them on to your Regional President.
Where the province still remains in the YELLOW phase of the pandemic plan, the AGC still remains to be an in-person convention on October 6th – 8th at the Fredericton Inn. We are able to respect the department of Health guidelines. The meeting is open to any member of CUPE 4848; however due to social distancing protocols, any member who wishes to attend must pre-register. Final timeline for registration is October 1st, 2020
If you are unable to attend and have an issue you would like addressed, please contact your station VP to make sure it is brought forward on your behalf.
The expression of interest is completed and we were able to fill most of the vacancies. I want to thank all members who were and are willing to step up and help make our work environment safer for all members.
In the areas that remain open, our employer may reach out to members in the future to see if anyone may be interested in filling the positions as an interim rep or permanent moving forward.
With the many changes we have gone through over the last seven months, I know that we all are facing many challenges, and with school starting back up we are forced to deal with our normal “Cold ” symptoms. We are trying to deal with so many issues coming from all directions and that can be overwhelming at times. In these times, we need to look out for #1 “Ourselves” and #2 “Others”. There are many great programs available and many friends and coworkers who are willing to talk to anyone who needs help. Your Executive is also here as well to help in any way we can.
Thank you all again for making this province a safer place to live!
President, CUPE Local 4848
I hope everyone has had a good summer and things are starting to get back to a somewhat normal routine for the fall. With school starting next week for some, we can only wait to see what will happen within the universities and schools to a potential outbreak of COVID. I can only hope that with the way the province has been able to contain the cases so far, we won’t see a spike in new cases.
With the election less than two weeks away now, I can’t stress enough the importance to get out and vote! No matter what party you vote for, I encourage you all to exercise your right to do so.
Our profession and health care in general is in need of major changes in compensation, as well as recruitment and retention. With the years of 1% wage increases, we see ourselves falling further behind in pay each year. The cost of living continues to increase more than our current adjustment causing further strain on our workforce.
We have all shown throughout this pandemic how essential our workers are and now it’s time for the political parties to step up and do their part to reduce future strains on our health care system.
In this election, we have two active 4848 members running in their respective areas. Phil Comeau is the Liberal candidate in the East Saint John riding as well as André Jobin for the People’s Alliance in the riding of Victoria-La Vallée. Local 4848 wishes them all the best with their campaign and success on September 14th.
Members are starting to receive their long service medals from PANB. Local 4848 would like to congratulate all members who will be receiving these medals. The continued service you provide this province is commended and truly valued by all New Brunswickers. Thank you all for what you do day in and day out for our province!
To remain open and transparent with all members, I want to provide you all what has been presented to the Executive of Local 4848 in regards to the Labour Board hearing.
As of our last update on September 1st, 2020:
Again I will communicate all updates as they become available and the information has been confirmed.
We are still looking for H&S reps for some areas throughout our province. If anyone is interested in these positions, please reply to Medicmcl@gmail.com with the area you are interested in representing.
Over the next few weeks, you all may see a survey to the members from our local. As discussed in our Special meeting in January with the station VP’s, we were to follow up with the membership. Due to the pandemic restrictions, we were unable to travel around the province to talk to members in person or in a group setting. As an Executive, we want to make sure we complete what we stated we would do coming out of that meeting. Our intent has always been to ensure we represent all members the best we can. The data collected from this survey will hopefully give us better direction moving forward should we remain in CUPE.
This executive still remains in contact to better represent all members until such time as we no longer have the authority to do so. Our next Executive Board meeting is scheduled for September 16th with our Labour Management being held virtually on the 17th. If you have any items that you would like to have addressed, then please reach out to your area president to have them addressed at our meeting.
The plans are still ongoing for our AGC on October 6th – 8th in Fredericton. This meeting is open to all local 4848 members in good standing. Should you wish to attend part or this entire event, please register online at 4848.cupe.ca and click on the AGC picture. These meetings remain compliant with the department of Health guidelines with social distancing and disinfecting.
Thank you again for your continued service during this pandemic and we hope we can continue to work for the betterment of all members.
President, Local 4848
Health & Safety Representative
The Health and Safety of our job is paramount to keeping our membership safe and healthy. In order to deal with issues, unions have fought and lobbied governments for Health and Safety legislation. NB is proud to have said legislation in place since 1983.
As part of said legislation, a Joint Health & Safety Committee is formed with representatives from both the Labour side as well as the Management Side to work collaboratively in addressing issues that arise in the workplace.
We currently have vacancies in the following stations:
This expression of interest will remain open for fourteen (14) days and shall close at midnight Sunday September 13th, 2020.
Please submit your name and the station you are working out of to:
I would like to thank you in advance for all who put their name forward.
Members of Local 4848,
I hope that during the last month or so, you were at least able to take some time to kick back and relax with family and friends. With some extremely hot and humid days, time spent outside of our uniform was greatly appreciated. With fall just around the corner, my hope is you all have taken the time you need to recharge before school starts and we are faced with even more challenging decisions to adhere to the “New Normal” with your children. As for those without children, it will be as equally challenging with situations that surround the “New Normal” for you as well.
I understand that since COVID-19 started, communication on Mental Health has increased. Although throughout our career many of us have dealt with all forms of mental and physical health issues, COVID-19 has brought many of these issues to light and may become overwhelming.
The main thing I want to stress to you all is quite simple: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! As professionals, we may be hesitant to reach out when in need and there are many programs available. You will always have your friends, family, this Executive and I to reach out to if you ever want to talk.
Due to an unknown IT issue, not all members received the e-mail notification letting you know that the job postings were up. This caused some issues that I am pleased to say we were able to resolve through collaboration with the Local and the employer.
As an extra step to make sure all members are made aware of postings, I have recommended that it be posted on our Social Media Page. We feel that posting this information is not only beneficial to the members who are looking for permanent jobs but also helps out the operations side of the employers’ organization. The job postings go up on Day 1 of the beginning of the 8-week block and the next round of posting will be available on September 3rd. If there is any change to this posting cycle, we will immediately inform the membership as I am sure the employer will as well.
Since the last message we communicated on our local bursaries, I am starting to see a few come in. I encourage everyone who is interested to please do so and return the completed forms by the deadline.
Also there are four bursaries available through CUPE 1252. Application forms and criteria can be found on their website under “Education”. Best of luck to all that apply!
Expressions of Interest for Station VP’s in station and in region have concluded, and the positions have been awarded for the next two years or as long as we have the authority to represent our members. Some VP’s may be covering two or more stations during this term.
I have asked all VP’s to post the local’s contact information on the Union board at the stations. I have also requested that all provincial messages (e-mails, newsletters, job postings, etc.) be printed off and placed on the union boards as well. My main goal since taking over as President is to keep ALL members informed to the best of my ability.
If things remain consistent with COVID-19 and Public Health, this year our AGC will be held from October 6th – 8th at the Fredericton Inn. This convention is open to ALL 4848 members. Due to social distancing and public health criteria, we are limited to how many members may attend. All additional members showing interest in attending will be given credentials to attend on a first come – first served basis.
If you wish to attend, please visit 4848.cupe.ca and register under the AGC Registration link. Otherwise you can reach out to your station VP to have your issues or concerns addressed on your behalf.
CUPE local 4848 and CUPE 1252 as a general rule do not keep the mailing information of our members on file. We have language in our collective agreement to receive that information from the employer whenever we wish to mail something out.
Your pension plan is managed by Vestcor; however it is overseen by the CUPE Pension Trustees. In order to receive mail-out information with respect to your pension, you must update your information with them directly. CUPE Local 4848 does not have the authority to update or make changes to your account. You can contact their office at (506) 453-2296 and I am sure they will be able to help.
We continue to work together on your behalf. Our next meeting is scheduled for September16th in Moncton, with our next labour-management meeting set for the following day. Your Regional President has continued to address your issues to me and we are working together to get them resolved as best we can. If you have something that you want addressed, please reach out.
Thanks again for stepping up during this unprecedented time and making our province a safer and better place to live.
President, CUPE Local 4848
With Summer in full swing, I would like to personally thank all our Dispatchers and Paramedics for their continued support and dedication in helping staff our ambulances throughout our province.
I know with our call volume back up to the pre-pandemic levels and members trying to take vacation when they can, many members are helping fill the void.
Throughout this pandemic, we have witnessed many different levels of physical and mental stressors, and as professionals we have always put others first and ourselves second. I encourage you all to take time for yourselves to unwind and recharge. I also ask if you ever feel the need to reach out to a friend, family member, this executive or myself for help, then please don’t hesitate to do so.
During the last round of postings, it was brought to the local’s attention that the North region was not sent the notification e-mail on July 9th of the current provincial job postings.
The cause of the error is still being investigated by the employer, but they currently believe it is an error within the e-mail system.
Our local was able to work with the employer to come to an agreement to help resolve the issue for the North region members on the current posting. The Executive and the employer felt reposting to the North would be the best option to allow members to move into their positions on September 3rd. The time needed to repost and award a provincial posting could not be completed within under 4 weeks.
As a reminder, the current job cycle is every 8 weeks with the next provincial postings going up on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020.
The local has posted two Expression of Interests for the position of Station Vice-president.
Those Expression of Interests have since closed and the positions have been awarded.
I want to thank the past Station Vice-presidents for their time and effort they gave in representing their station. I have had the pleasure of meeting each of you and know the dedication you have for the wellbeing of the members you represented and served. Welcome all new and returning members.
To the new and re-elected Station VP’s, I welcome you on board. Although our local may be heading in unchartered waters during this next 2-year term, we must remain consistent on representing the members of Local 4848 until we no longer have the authority to do so.
With the pandemic recovery plan in phase yellow, CUPE as well as other organizations, are beginning to open and return to a slightly “New” normal. CUPE has put together a comprehensive plan that is now allowing face-to-face meetings. This can only happen if the conditions are met and based on the current Public Health and Work Safe guidelines.
The Executive Board had its first face-to-face meeting in Fredericton on August 4th and 5th. It was 2 full days of business.
With the pandemic, the Executive made the decision to postpone the Annual General Convention (AGC). This was based on the orders of Public Health and the Province. Where things have been relaxed and a venue has been secured that can provide social distancing and all other requirements, we have decided to hold our AGC in October. Please bear with us as we work through the details to ensure everyone’s safety. As more information is available, it will be released.
The tentative dates: October 6th -8th, 2020 to be held in Fredericton.
With the low numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Atlantic bubble, we are hoping we can accomplish this goal. However, these plans may change or be cancelled at any time.
The AGC is open to all members of Local 4848. With the current venue we are looking at, we will be limited to how many people may attend. On-line registration will be made available on a first come first serve basis until we have reached our maximum number. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you are unable to attend, I would suggest having a conversation with your station VP and have them bring your comments forward.
By-law proposal changes are to be submitted no later than September 15th, 2020 if you would like them to be considered at the 2020 AGC.
This executive continues to be as open and transparent as possible to the membership.
Over the years, some members have opted out of receiving the local’s communications. If you are not getting any communication, please double check your account. The executive is trying to do better in this regard. When we can release factual information, we will do so.
All items for general release are currently sent out via the following methods:
We will also be asking your station VP to post it on our Union boards at the station.
Should you have any questions or concerns you need addressed, please reach out to your station VP, Regional President or myself. We will try our best to respond to you in a timely manner but understand that some requests may take a little longer to get you the correct response.
Thanks again for helping this province day in and day out.
CUPE LOCAL 4848 is pleased to offer four (4) bursaries on behalf of CUPE Local 4848 in the amount of $500 to a full-time student who will be attending post-secondary education. The application must be completed in full to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicant must be a member in good standing, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, niece, nephew, spouse or guardian of a member in good standing or of a retired or deceased member.
The basis of this bursary shall be the applicant’s financial needs, education achievements and current and ongoing volunteerism/social activism in his/her community. Please complete the form on both sides.
APPLICATIONS must be received by September 15 . Applications can be sent to email@example.com
Sisters and Brothers:
This newsletter is a follow up to the letter you received from Vestcor regarding the potential impact to the NBCHU CUPE Local 1252 pension plan if two groups were to leave the CUPE Hospital Pension Plan.
The Board of Trustees representing our plan have a fiduciary responsibility to inform the plan members, active and retirees, when there are potential impacts to the plan whether good or bad. The information provided is only an assumption at this time, but they must inform you it could happen.
With the current funding of our plan, the full cost of living/indexing is paid 94.5% of the time, but if this number of members leave, the cost of living/indexing could only be paid at 85% until the plan recovers, then the plan is designed to have the opportunity for retro of the cost of living/ indexing. This does not affect your benefit; our plan was designed to withstand these types of events.
All plans have sustained downturns due to COVID-19, but we are now seeing positive turnarounds and the plan is rebounding.
CUPE 1252 will continue to monitor this situation on your behalf as we move forward through this situation.
President, NBCHU CUPE Local 1252