The Executive board met in Moncton on August 19thand 20th. This was the monthly Executive Board meeting to take care of the affairs of the local.
This meeting consists of:
This year the good folks of Prince Edward Island are hosting the second annual Maritimes Paramedic Conference. This year the Union Executives of NB, NS, and PEI will come together to discuss the current issues that affect us all. Where Medavie is the managing group for the Maritimes, this venue provides us an invaluable opportunity.
Planning is well underway for the 12thAnnual General Convention which will be hosted by the dedicated people of the Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown on October 1stand 2nd, 2019. All 4848 members are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can register at 4848.cupe.ca.
This year there will be 12 elections:
The next Labour Management meeting has been scheduled for September 20th, 2019 In Moncton. If you have any issues you would like brought forward,please contact your union representative.
There is currently a document prepared on a wage adjustment and working conditions. Once presented to government, it will be released for general review.
ANB is still working on this and is anticipating it to be on-line for September.
Please welcome the change of the representative for:
The local provides 5 bursaries. The due date is September 1st, 2019. You still have time…. You can find the application forms on the local’s website at:
We are very pleased to have reached this timely agreement in collaboration with CUPE 1252, including Local 4848, and with the support of Department of Health and Treasury Board. We are hopeful this initiative will have a positive effect on our operation and the service we provide this summer. – JP Savoie, Vice-President, ANB
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
TREASURY BOARD AS REPRESENTED BY THE HOSPITAL BOARDS OF THE
HOSPITALS LISTED UNDER PART III FRST SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC SERVICE LABOUR RELATIONS ACT
THE CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1252
GROUP: CLERICAL, STENOGRAPHIC &OFFICE EQUIPEMENT OPERATION
RE: Article 23- Overtime for employees of Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB)
Whereas the parties recognize that EM/ANB Inc. is currently facing significant staffing challenges with respect to all employees of Ambulance New Brunswick and
Whereas these challenges have negatively impacted the level of ambulance services that is required in the interest of the health and safety of New Brunswickers;
Therefore, notwithstanding Article 23 (Overtime) in the collective agreement signed between the parties on November 28, 2017 the parties agree to the following:
*Note: The time in lieu will also apply to double time shifts.
In addition, employees of ANB working in the field who accept overtime shifts at a station outside their assigned region shall be eligible for reimbursement of mileage expenses in accordance with Appendix A – Allowances of the Government of New Brunswick’s Travel Policy for travel from their home station to the station outside their region.
The parties agree that this agreement does not set a precedent for other classifications covered by the collective agreement with regards to the compensation of overtime or the reimbursement of travel expenses.
This agreement shall not be subject to Section 46 (i.e. the “statutory freeze”) of the Public Service Labour Relations Act. The application of this agreement beyond September 4, 2019 can only be done by the parties’ written agreement.
Date: July 24, 2019
For the Employer: A. Craig, B. Simkins-Burrows
For the Union: N. Robinson, G. McConaghy
Members of 4848
The parties have reached an official understanding surrounding Double Overtime within Ambulance New Brunswick effective July 25, 2019 and will remain in place till September 4, 2019. The MOU outlining the details of this agreement will be released July 25, 2019.
The shuffles will be limited to Unilingual to Unilingual and Bilingual to Bilingual Positions ONLY. This is a trial for the next two (2) job posting postings. This is based on seniority and is voluntary.
DMC have reached out to community partners due to the limited light duties available within ANB. Work Safe ultimately will approve or deny the offers made in consultation with your medical team’s recommendations and your abilities. Failure to comply when Work Safe approves a DMC placement could have your benefits suspended or even cancelled.
We are addressing issues as they arise and the Telestaff support group are working hard to correct these issues also.
Human Resources have assured us that they will also advise you to do this.
We are aware that issues are arising with members assigned to the PTU’s and not getting breaks. We have brought this issue forward to senior management and are working to come to a resolution to ensure our membership are getting their breaks.
Dispatchers – the online uniform store is currently under construction and we have been advised this will be online very soon. We are anxiously awaiting this!
This movement is not dead; it is just currently not in the public eye. Government has committed to us they are looking at other jurisdictions on wages, skillsets and working conditions in reference to ANB Paramedics and Dispatchers.
The local is currently preparing a document to present to senior government officials in support of Retention and recruitment. A retention and recruitment plan was developed by ANB and has been approved by their Board of Directors and will now be presented to Government and the Unions.
This is open to all 4848 members. If you wish to attend, please register at 4848.cupe.ca and click on the AGC registration tab. Register as a guest.
An e-mail sent out on June 6th, 2019 in regards to vacation postponement or pay out, states that this will be handled by the last pay of July.That said, payout should happen on August 1st 2019.
The Local has requested a change in the scheduling guidelines from ANB Policy 4037A – ANB Scheduling Guidelines and Definitions.
The local has requested a change to dropping on the list when call outs are being performed. The change will be “An offer is an offer” and no matter what list you are on you will drop to the bottom of all lists.
The purpose of this change is to bring the scheduling guidelines to be more inline with the language of the Collective Agreement surrounding Equitable Offer.
With the addition of Casual ACP’s, Casual PC’s, Casual RRU’s, etc. the Local feels dropping on all lists will not give one member an advantage over another.
With this change we would ask every member to complete and submit the Attached Form for stations that they wish to take extra shifts so as not to lose out on a shifts you would be willing to work.
We have been told this change will go live with the launch of the upgraded Work Force Telestaff.
We thank you for your understanding in this change.
Members of 4848,
During the locals Spring Meeting, discussion was had surrounding the dash cameras in Ambulances.
The Executive reached out to the employer and through collaboration the ambulance in question has been removed from service and a runner is returning the unit to fleet. The issues surrounding Dash Cameras have been added to Labour Management and will be discussed on June 20th.
With respect to the Memo sent out today from Jean-Pierre Savoie, RE: Vacation process (clarification).
The Union would like to clarify the following:
We do not agree with the employer assigning our vacation. As 4848/1252 are currently in bargaining for our next Collective Agreement this would be considered a change. Any such change must be mutually agreed to. If no mutual agreement is made it then violates the terms of “Stat Freeze” with respect to labour laws in New Brunswick.
In the unlikely event the employer puts pressure on any 4848 member that they mustpick their union vacation as indicated in Article 26.08, will result in a complaint to the Labour Board and will be dealt with quickly.
We do not anticipate this to be the fact as MHSNB are wanting to work with the Union to ensure everyone can get as much vacation as possible. If you have any issues surrounding the process please reach out to your Station Vice-President or Executive.