Your Executive Board met on January 6th and 7th, 2020. This is the first executive meeting in 2020 and the first meeting of the Board since the announcement was made in the Legislature on December 17th, 2019.
First, I would like to take a moment to recognize the unwavering determination and dedication of past Executive President, Brother Greg McConaghy and that of past East Regional President, Brother Pat Hepditch. Both Brothers were vital parts in improving the working conditions for Paramedics and Dispatchers within Ambulance New Brunswick and Government. As with all past Executive members, their contributions will be added to and never be forgotten by CUPE and Local 4848.
I would like to update you on the changes to your Executive Board. As you are aware with the resignation of the President, the Vice-president assumes the position. I have accepted this position formally on December 20th, 2019 and as such I will now be attending bargaining as part of the Negotiating Team. The vacant position of Vice-president has been filled by Brother Chris Wall. He will also remain in the position of South Regional President. The 1252 alternate Vice-president is now Brother Bryan (B-Y) Harris.
The position of East Regional President will be elected at the conclusion of the Special Meeting on January 24th. This representative will be elected from the East Caucus.
If any East member wishes to discuss issues with an Executive Member in the meantime, please contact North President Yanick Mongeau, Treasurer Bryan Harris or myself.
If you are a member who currently is without a Station VP and have questions or concerns, please contact your Regional President to have them addressed.
This Local continues to be focused on working with our employer for the betterment of all CUPE 4848 Members.
Your Station VPs have been invited to a meeting on January 24th to discuss the Reclassification Announcement made by government. There is much speculation and accusations being made, this is a venue to have your issues and concerns brought forward to your Executive and CUPE National Representatives.
To that end, we have asked all Station VPs to forward on questions and/or concerns in advance (if possible), so we may be able to provide answers at that meeting.
In this time of uncertainty, your current Executive will continue to represent all Paramedics and Dispatchers with the day-to-day operations with our employer until we no longer have the authority to do so.
Thank you all for supplying exceptional service and dedication to the communities you serve every day.
President, Local 4848