Newsletter 01 – January

  • Sisters and Brothers
    I would like to start off and wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope you had time to spend with family and friends over the holidays. For those who worked over the holidays, my sincere thank you for helping and protecting the citizens of New Brunswick. Your dedication is not taken for granted.

    • Now here is an update from the Executive Board. 
  • Double Over Time
    The MOU extension for the province-wide double overtime is set to expire on Friday, January 18th 2019. It has been recognized that this change has ensured ambulances are staffed.
    No agreement has been made to extend this at the time of writing this newsletter.
    We have a meeting request to meet with the Minister of Health to further discuss many of the issues surrounding staffing issues, including wages.
  •  Treasurer’s Report
    Bryan Harris (B-Y) presented his 2019 budget to the board. A motion was made to adopt the budget as well at the recommendations.
    If you wish to know more about this, please contact your Regional President or Bryan.
  •  Labour Management 
    A Labour Management meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th, 2019 in Moncton but was cancelled. We were able to reschedule it for Thursday, January 31st, 2019. The last Labour Management meeting was on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018.

    • What is Labour Management?
      • This is a large meeting that happens four (4) times a year.The nine (9) Executive Board members meet with the Director of Operations, Manager of Human Resources, Senior Communications Operations Manager and the four (4) Regional Managers.
      • It is during these meetings that we discuss current working conditions and changes that are going on within Ambulance New Brunswick. It is also where we work to improve the system and our working conditions.
    • If you would like to know more, Click Here or visit 4848.cupe.ca and under the [Resource] tab, click on [Labour Management Minutes] where you will find all the records of the conversations and outcomes of these meetings.
  • Uniforms
    A committee was formed to go over the uniforms and accessories that could be available within Uniform Works. The Committee has done an excellent job on improving the items available.
    When the Committee originally started, the group went over the items that were part of the yearly allotment. With the current allotment that was an annual total of $610 + 15% tax.
    With the change over to the new uniform shirt, as you noticed, it costs a bit more. Also, with the sweater being replaced to the job shirt, there is an overall cost change.

    • This will be a discussion topic for Labour-Management. 
  •  Road Side Posts
    The Executive Board is on record for not being in support of Road Side Posts.
    We have lobbied Management for over 10 years to remove Roadside Posts from part of its operation and through this process most of the Roadside posts have been removed.
    On December 27th, 2018, Management released a new SSP which contained Road Side Posts in not all but almost all administrative areas. There was no information or collaboration with the Union about any of this.

    • This will be a discussion topic for Labour-Management.
  • Arbitration Decision and Government Announcement
    The Government announced they would be implementing the McEvoy ruling as was ordered by the Labour Board and Court of Queen’s Bench.
    The Minister of Health gave a written order to Medavie Health Services NB stating as such.
    The hearing on the Judicial Review for this matter is to be held on January 24th, 2019 in Fredericton.
  • Transfer System
    Unfortunately, there is nothing to report at this time. However, communications will be made to the membership next week with respect to the implementation of the transfer system.
  • That’s it for now… Stay Tuned