Welcome to CUPE Local 7

CUPE Local 7 is the City of Regina Inside Workers and we have approximately 240 active members all year long! We represent administrative staff, customer service representatives, bylaw enforcement officers, building inspectors, CAD technicians, accounting personnel, and so many more. Our members work in various places such as City Hall, Fire Department, Parks/Facilities Department, Cemeteries and various Roadways Departments.

General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, September 1 (via Teams)

Please note that we have sent out a meeting invite via everyone’s regina.ca email to have a GMM via teams for 5 p.m. on September 1, 2020. If you would like to join, please email president.cupelocal7@gmail.com for an invite.

COVID-19 Updates

May 19, 2020

We hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the long weekend.

Chris Holden sent out an email on Friday regarding an upcoming survey regarding the impact of COVID-19. A link will be emailed to all employees that have a City of Regina email. Once we have the link, we will also be putting it on our website 7.cupe.ca for anyone without a current City of Regina email address. We would encourage everyone to participate in the survey.

Last week, the City brought forward a report to Council regarding the Supplementary Employee Benefit Plan (SUB), which, during times of layoffs, would provide additional monies (up to 95% of their wage) with Employment Insurance (EI). Based on the report from the City, that during this pandemic, everyone is receiving the Canadian Economic Relief Benefit (CERB), and are not accessing EI, which complicates the City’s ability to apply a SUB Plan – as it is only for EI at this time, not the CERB. We are looking into this, and together with ATU 588 and CUPE 21 we are planning on brining forward a submission to City Council next week.

There has been no additional discussion on any further layoffs at this time. They have also not yet had any discussions with any of the Unions regarding the “return to the office” for those working from home full time.

 The Survey is now closed.

May 5, 2020

Hope that everyone is staying safe and enjoying the sun where possible.

There has not been any major updates since the Province’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan has been released from the City of Regina in regards to the people returning to the office. They are measuring for sneeze guards in City Hall Main Floor areas that work directly with the general public accepting money and/or exchanging printed information for when the return to the office begins.

Once we are communicated any type of a plan for returning to offices, we will review it and ensure all safety measures are considered and taken care of. As we stated in our previous updates, once we have more information on what returning to the office might look like, we are hoping to provide that information in a noon-hour teams meeting. We will happily take questions, and if we do not have an answer, either bring it forward to management, or direct people to the person who might be best to answer that question.

As a note, I have been working back at City Hall for almost 3 weeks now. As I was and still am attending regular meetings on behalf of Local 7, and required to attend for other work related items, it made sense for me, who was almost attending City Hall daily anyways, to return to the office full-time. The cleaning efforts have been remarkable and I want to thank everyone still working in offices for maintaining our physical distances, it is important that we respect these. If you feel that in any situation (at the store, anywhere) that people are not, please politely remind them of the requirements.

April 16, 2020

As I am sure some of you have followed in the news or possibly even watched the City Council meeting online as it took place yesterday, City Council did agree to a few changes to services to make up for the revenue losses due to the impact of COVID-19. Here is an article in the Leaderpost summarizing the meeting: https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/regina-city-council-approves-plan-to-make-up-projected-20-7-million-shortfall/

The letter sent on behalf of AUT 588, Local 21 and Local 7 was very well received by most of the Councillors. Councillor Jason Mancinelli made a motion that included determining the cost of the SUB benefit to laid off City of Regina employees by May and brining it back to City Council for decision. That motion was approved and in May, should be back before Council. This is an important first step and we are looking forward to the next steps of ensuring more financial security for City of Regina employees who have been laid off due to COVID-19 measures.

March 26, 2020

It is not easy news today as the City of Regina has begun to lay off casual/term staff. Local 7, at this time, will see five layoffs/ending of terms of casual staff effective end of day March 31, 2020.

As this pandemic progresses, uncertainty and fear will grow. These are difficult times and we are working with the employer to ensure that as many people who can work, stay working safely. There have been no discussion to date regarding any permanent staff layoffs with Local 7, but we encourage everyone to read below and ensure they are starting the process for getting set up for a My Account. Some of you may have family and friends already off work, please feel free to provide them with any of the information I am providing regarding getting set up for these accounts and being ready to start any applications (the other than EI ones) when they become available on April 6th.

March 25, 2020

Please see the following documents provided to Local 7 by CUPE National.

  1. A Backgrounder of Federal Income Supports (Dated March 19th)
  2. The newly announce Canada Emergency Response Benefit (Dated March 25th)
  3. Q&A Document on Canada Emergency Response Benefit

As things are changing quickly and more and more businesses and people are being affected I wanted to ensure our membership had this information in case their own family and/or friends are facing employment loss. Please remember to sign up for/create a CRA MyAccount or a My Service Canada Account if you do not have one already. Although the City is not discussing permanent staff layoffs at this time, it is imperative during these times we all be prepared as we possibly can be.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

March 23, 2020

At our meeting no new information was provided that impacted Local 7 members. We discussed the Employee Guide that was sent out by me on Friday. Please click here to access it (you need your City login to access CityConnect). We want to reiterate that this time is uncertain and fearful for most people, and we are committed to communicating any information we receive from the City when it is available.

Please take care. If anyone have any questions, please let us know.

March 19, 2020

I know there is still much uncertainty and the recent “State of Emergency” has made for a very heightened environment. Thank you to everyone for your continued work (from a facility, your vehicle or from home), and the Union does take this seriously and we are doing what we can to support discussions. We are still meeting with City HR every other day and calling and email with them throughout the day to hear if there are any changes. There is very little to update currently. We have seen more and more people now working mainly from home/their vehicles exclusively, and the City is assessing the current situation often.

We did receive the following information regarding School Closures and Childcare:

Employees are to consult their supervisor on alternate hours of work or working from home if possible, until alternative care for their dependent(s) can be set up.

  • If alternative working arrangements cannot be made, employees will have up to 5 consecutive work days’ leave with pay, after which point vacation, banked time, or leave without pay may be used to provide a reasonable period of time for them to secure alternate care arrangements.
  • If employees need to remain at home long-term to provide childcare, employees will work with their supervisor to determine if alternate working arrangements can be made, or if working from home is a possibility. If those options are not possible, employees may access entitlements.
  • If entitlements are exhausted, employees should inquire about EI benefits (the usual waiting period has been waived for COVID-19). If EI benefits are not available, leave without pay may be utilized.

If you have any questions regarding this, please speak to your supervisor and manager first.

And this information regarding employees who become ill:

If you happen to become ill and suspect it may be COVID-19, a self-assessment tool on COVID-19 from the Government of Saskatchewan has been developed and can be found here.

If an employee is absent from the workplace due to illness and working from home is not an option, employees will have access to their entitlement banks.  They will use sick leave first, then access other entitlement banks (vacation, time in lieu).  If the entitlement banks are exhausted, they may apply for EI benefits or use leave without pay.

March 18, 2020

We know this is a very unsettling time for most people. Uncertainty and fear are normal responses to something no one has ever experienced before. CUPE Local 7 is also experiencing this for the first time and we are meeting with management regularly and doing our best to keep updated on the current situation. We are looking for ways to support our membership that includes people on leaves, people working in facilities (including City Hall) and our members that are now working from home. Please remember to reach out to any of your Local 7 Executive if needed.

Please remember that if anyone returned to Canada from International Destinations prior to March 14, with the exception of Italy, China, Iran and South Korea, were not required to self isolate if they had no symptoms. From March 14th on, all Canadians returning from International Destinations (including the US and Mexico) are required to self isolate for 14 days.

Information can be found on the Government of Canada’s website (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html) and the Government of Saskatchewan’s website (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus). Also, if you believe you may have COVID-19, Saskatchewan has created this self assessment tool https://public.ehealthsask.ca/sites/COVID-19/. If you require more information, please call the HealthLine at 811 or speak with a medical professional.

Please let us know if you have any quesitons

Richel Nixon on behalf of CUPE Local 7 Executive

March 14, 2020

The City of Regina takes the health and safety of our employees very seriously. To protect our employees and the people we serve, instructions to directors/managers and employees are being adjusted as new information comes from PHAC.  Effective immediately, March 14, 2020, all employees returning from travel out-side of Canada will self-isolate for fourteen (14) calendar days.  This has direct impact to employees returning this weekend and over the next few days from travel abroad.

While on self-isolation, employees will work from home.  If unable to work from home, the City will pay regular time for any employee while in isolation (14 calendar days) if they traveled outside of Canada to any level 2 destination or higher, prior to March 16, 2020.

This means employees who left the country prior to March 16, 2020 for travel abroad will not be required to use sick leave or other entitlements if they are unable to work from home while on self-isolation.

Employees who leave the country after March 16, 2020, will be required to self-isolate upon their return.  If they are unable to work from home, employees will be required to use entitlement banks while in self-isolation for fourteen (14) calendar days.

Employees are encouraged to educate themselves about health advisories updated regularly by PHAC. Self-care instructions during self-isolation are also available online. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

 

CUPE Local 7 Proposed Bylaw Updates – To Be Considered

Update: they have been sent to National and we will post them here and send an email once they are approved:)

Please click here to see the proposed Bylaw changes.

The intent of the executive was to correct a few items that we believed should be updated as well as have clear documentation on how and when we spend money. These proposed changes have been discussed at our GMM meetings in April and May, as well as last night. Based on those discussions, these are the changes the executive committee is proposing.

We have the proposed changes, as well as rationale on the side as comments.

These will be posted here for 60 days and we will be bringing them to approve them at our February 2020 GMM (tentative date of February 4th).

Each Bylaw Change will have to be brought to the GMM and voted on individually. Debate will be held at this time. Once they are approved in whole, we will send the approved changes to the National Executive Board for approval. All bylaws changes will only be in affect once this has been approved by the National Executive Board.

Please let any of the executive know if you have any questions.

Your 2020 CUPE Local 7 Executive 

President – Richel Nixon

Vice-President – Stacey Bresselaar

Treasurer – Norjean Klyne

Recording Secretary – Colleen Pipp

Shop Steward – Kate Cheveldayoff

Executive at Large – Lynsee Lepage

Executive at Large – Pat Prada

CUPE NATIONAL STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

Please see the following link to see the national strategic direction for 2018-2019 voted in at CUPE National 2017.

Strategic Directions

Joint Job Evaluation Partnership (JJEP)

Please follow this link and login using your City of Regina network id and password to learn more about the JJEP project:

CityConnect JJEP

Join our e-mailing list!

Not on our emailing list yet? Please email or call any CUPE Local 7 representative with your personal e-mail address (not work) and we will add you to our email distribution list!

 CUPE LOCAL 7 BYLAWS

Check out our bylaws.

PENSION PLAN UPDATES

The Regina Civic Pension Plan has been approved by Council and the changes will go into effect starting January 1, 2016. Please follow this link to view the plan changes and documents. Plan Changes Documents and Presentation.

The information session have now been completed, if you did not get a chance to attend, or if you are looking for specific informatiuon please visit the Regina Pensions & Disability website.