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United, we are a symbol of solidarity that will never be defeated.

Local 1571
CUSTODIANS

The Custodian’s primary role is maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment for students and teachers on a daily basis. They are responsible for washing, dusting, sweeping and sanitizing all surfaces as well as ensuring supplies are replenished when needed. READ MORE...

HEAD CUSTODIAN

SECONDARY – Under the supervision of the Facilities Services Unit Coordinator, the Head Custodian’s primary responsibility is to develop and implement a cohesive custodial program that provides a clean, healthy environment for students and staff. The Head Custodian is responsible for scheduling and training staff, monitoring and maintaining inventory of caretaking supplies and equipment, conducting daily inspections of custodial work, preparing work order requests and responding to security calls. He/she is additionally required to perform other duties within the context of the services provided by the Facilities Services Unit and as requested by the School Administration, such as washing, dusting, sweeping and sanitizing all surfaces as well as ensuring supplies are replenished when needed. Head Custodians also act as a second line of defense where safety is concerned. They are sometimes required to be the extensions of the teaching staff, ensuring the security and well-being of students.

ELEMENTARY – The role of an Elementary School Head Custodian is identical to that of a Secondary School Custodian with a few minor logistical differences pertaining to lunchtime and lunchtime clean-up. For example, elementary schools only have one lunch period where secondary schools require clean-up 3 separate times throughout the day.

LEAD HAND CUSTODIAN IN SECONDARY The Lead Hand Custodian shares many of the same responsibilities and duties as a Custodian with the exception of added tasks such as scheduling. They are also responsible for ensuring any requests for furniture relocation and placement are accommodated as promptly as possible. Lead Hand Custodians often work afternoons, completing leftover tasks, maintaining inventory and managing the reception of afternoon/evening deliveries. Additionally, Lead Hand Custodians are required to be familiar with the following systems:

  • - Building Life Safety Systems
  • - Building Environmental Systems
  • - Health and Safety Systems
  • - Security and Communication Systems

CUSTODIAN The Custodian’s primary role is maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment for students and teachers on a daily basis. They are responsible for washing, dusting, sweeping and sanitizing all surfaces as well as ensuring supplies are replenished when needed. Custodians also act as a second line of defense where safety is concerned. They are sometimes required to be extensions of the teaching staff, ensuring the security and well-being of students.

MATRON Under the supervision of the Facilities Services Unit Coordinator, Matrons have similar responsibilities to that of Custodial staff with the exception that they specifically focus on women’s facilities. Matrons are responsible for ensuring these facilities are clean and supplied at all times.

SUPPLY CUSTODIAN The main responsibility of the Supply Custodian is to provide support to the full-time Custodians, especially in the event of absences due to illness and other unforeseen circumstances. The daily duties of a Supply Custodian, for the most part, mirror that of their full-time counterparts; those duties include, but are not limited to, changing garbage, cleaning sinks and countertops, sweeping and mopping classrooms, hallways and stairwells, maintaining bathroom supplies and other areas assigned to them by the Head Custodian based on need.

COURIERS

School board Couriers deliver mail bags, special agendas, A/V equipment repairs, kits and video bags to schools daily. Warehouse staff are responsible for ensuring each school is stocked with the furnishings by staff and students.

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COURIERS

COURIER SERVICES

School board Couriers deliver mail bags, special agendas, A/V equipment repairs, kits and video bags to schools daily.

WAREHOUSE DRIVER

Warehouse staff are responsible for ensuring each school is stocked with the furnishings by staff and students. They are additionally required to assist with moving equipment and supplies as well as with special moves.

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Services staff provide services for safe, effective and efficient maintenance and operation of 101 schools in the school board system (15 Secondary and 86 Elementary), 4 Adult Education Facilities, 1 Education Centre and 345 Portables.

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MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Services staff provide services for safe, effective and efficient maintenance and operation of 101 schools in the school board system (15 Secondary and 86 Elementary), 4 Adult Education Facilities, 1 Education Centre and 345 Portables.

  • - Maintenance Services Concerns
  • - Elevators
  • - Fire Systems and Extinguishers
  • - Portable Maintenance
  • - Roofing
  • - Grounds Repair

GENERAL LABOURERM

A level 3, unlicensed worker, the General Labourer typically takes care of simple maintenance tasks that arise on a daily basis.

MAINTENANCE LICENSED

Level 4 Licensed Workers are skilled workers that specialize in the following areas:

  • - HVAC
  • - Plumbers
  • - Electricians
  • - Locksmiths
  • - Carpenters
  • - A/V

Letter from the president

andy
Dear Members,

First and formost, I’d like to take a moment to welcome everyone back from what I hope was a wonderful summer vacation. With another school year upon us, there is no doubt we will face challenges – some which will be familiar to us and some, brand new. However, these very real challenges must be met with strength, dedication and, most importantly, solidarity. Tim Hudak himself may no longer be a threat.

However, assuming the battle is over and remaining complacent would be a mistake. The Liberal agenda will not be a union-friendly one. Educational and public sectors will be put to the test. It is paramount that we remain vigilant and maintain our stance shoulder to shoulder, weathering the proverbial storm. Do this, and I am confident we will achieve our goals. I ask that all Educational Support Staff continue to…

STAND UP FOR FAIRNESS;

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS;

STAND UP FOR YOUR FUTURE;

and STAND UP FOR YOUR CHILDREN!

United, we are a symbol of solidarity that will never be defeated.

Sincerely,

Andy Orfanakos,
President CUPE LOCAL 1571

Committees

If you have active committees, here is a good place to put either their contact information, or updates and information from your committees.

Important Contacts

This is your 2013-2014 executive:

  • President: Andy Orfanakos 416 885-9137
  • Vice-President: Peter Lucca 416 992-8510
  • Treasurer: Stephen Dignard 416 873-2349
  • Recording Secretary: Lenny Palumbo 416 885-7240
  • Seargent of Arms: Dina Orfanakos 416 889-2370

Stewards:

  • North Marian Pawliszko 416 629-6317
  • South Michael Filice 416 892-4127
  • East
  • West Sylwester Opinski 416 629-6733
  • Shot Steward Craig Ham 416 629-2639

Certified Officer:

  • Health & Safety/WSIB – Joe Runco 416 433-5489

Our union works for us

Nearly 30% of all Canadian workers belong to unions, including nurses, teachers, journalists, professional athletes, retail store clerks, manufacturing workers, miners, electricians, construction trades workers and more. These unions have a substantial impact on the compensation and work lives of both unionized and non-unionized workers. They set standards, offer support, fight for the rights of their members and even strike if the situation calls for it.

Unions have worked hard to establish many of the rights and privileges we enjoy today. Having implemented the 40 hour work week, weekends and benefits, unions have played a major role in establishing fair and safe work environments for all workers.

At Local 1571, we not only take pride in our ability to adhere to the standards set forth by other unions across the country, but to ensure our members never have to stand alone when facing workplace grievances.

The union does many things, but negotiating the Collective Agreement is its central focus.
Negotiating the Collective Agreement provides us with one opportunity every 3 to 4 years to sit down with the employer, address concerns and make improvements to our working conditions, benefits and salary. It’s the one time we are on level footing with the employer and are legally able to change the conditions we work under. Negotiations can often be lengthy, difficult and stressful, but Local 1571 asks everyone to be a part of the process by helping to develop our positions around issues, keeping aware of the progressions of talks, asking questions when you do not understand what is going on, and telling your Negotiation Team what you think.

Over the last few years, our union has succeeded in improving membership benefits, implementing Self-Funded Leave and increasing opportunities for professional development. Local 1571 strives to be more than just a union; we’re your voice, your friend and, most importantly, your family!

Collective Agreement

Our collective agreement expires on August 31, 2014 – stay posted for bargaining updates once we begin to negotiate a new contract.

If you have questions about the contract, please get in touch with your steward or one of the executive.

Download the collective agreement (PDF)

By Laws

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Local 1571

(York Catholic District School Board)

September, 2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION 1 – NAME. 3

SECTION 2 – OBJECTIVES. 3

SECTION 3 – INTERPRETATION and DEFINITIONS. 4

SECTION 4 – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS — Regular and Special 4

SECTION 5 – VOTING OF FUNDS. 5

SECTION 6 – OFFICERS. 5

SECTION 7 – EXECUTIVE BOARD. 5

SECTION 9 – OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. 10

SECTION 10 – FEES, DUES, and ASSESSMENTS. 11

SECTION 11 – NON-PAYMENT OF DUES and ASSESSMENTS. 12

SECTION 12 – NOMINATION, ELECTION AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS. 12

SECTION 13 – DELEGATES TO CONVENTIONS. 14

SECTION 14 – COMMITTEES. 14

SECTION 15 – RULES OF ORDER. 17

SECTION 16 – AMENDMENT. 17

APPENDIX “A” TO THE BYLAWS OF LOCAL 1571, CUPE. 18

PREAMBLE

In order to improve the social and economic welfare of its members without regard to sex, colour, race or creed, to promote efficiency in public employment and to manifest its belief in the value of the unity of organized labour, this Local of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (hereinafter referred to as CUPE) has been formed.

The following Bylaws are adopted by the Local pursuant to, and to supplement, Appendix “B” of the CUPE Constitution, to safeguard the rights of all members, to provide for responsible administration of the Local, and to involve as many members as possible through the sharing of duties and responsibilities.

SECTION 1— NAME

The name of this Local shall be: Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local No. 1571 (York Catholic District School Board).

SECTION 2— OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Local are-to:

(a) secure adequate remuneration for work performed and generally advance the economic and social welfare of its members and of all workers;

(b) support CUPE in reaching the goals set out in Article II of the CUPE Constitution;

(c) provide an opportunity for its members to influence and shape their future through free democratic trade unionism;

(d) encourage the settlement by negotiation and mediation of all disputes between the members and their employers;

(e) establish strong working relationships with the public we serve and the communities in which we work and live.

(f) eliminate harassment and discrimination of any sort or on any basis; for the equality of treatment regardless of class, race, colour, nationality, age, sex/gender, language, sexual orientation, place of origin, ancestry, religious beliefs, or mental and physical disability; and the active opposition of discrimination of same whenever it occurs or appears;

(g) represent membership interests before the appropriate political and government bodies;

SECTION 3 — INTERPRETATION and DEFINITIONS

(a) Masculine pronouns shall be understood to include the feminine gender.

(b) Numbers of Articles at the end of sections or sub-sections refer to relevant articles of the CUPE Constitution (2009) which should be read in conjunction with these bylaws.

SECTION 4 — MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS — Regular and Special

(a) Regular membership meetings shall be held every second month on the third Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

(b) Special membership meetings may be ordered by the Executive Board or requested in writing by no fewer than thirty (30) members. The President shall immediately call a special meeting when so ordered or requested and shall see that all members receive at least twenty-four (24) hours’ notice of the special meeting and the subject(s) to be discussed. No business shall be transacted at the special meeting other than that for which the meeting is called and notice given.

(c) A quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting shall be twenty six (26) members, including at least four (4) members of the Executive Board.

(d) The order of business at regular membership meetings is as follows:

1. Roll call of Officers

2. Reading of the Equity Statement

3. Voting on new members and Initiation

4. Reading and approval of minutes of previous meeting

5. Matters arising

6. Treasurer’s report

7. Communications and-bills

8. Executive Committee report

9. Reports of committees and delegates

10. Nominations, Elections, or Installations

11. Unfinished business

12. New business

13. Good of the Union

14. Adjournment

(Article B. VIII)

SECTION 5 — VOTING OF FUNDS

(a) Except for ordinary expenses and bills as approved at membership meetings, no sum over three hundred (300) dollars shall be voted for the purpose of a grant or contribution to a member or any cause outside CUPE, except by a notice of motion given in writing and dealt with at the following membership meeting.

(b) Strike funds: The Executive Committee shall be empowered to approve a donation, not to exceed three hundred (300) dollars for any strike/lockout which is authorized by CUPE, the Ontario Federation Of Labour or The Canadian Labour Congress. Any such donations made will be reported at the next general meeting. Any further donations must be approved at a general membership meeting.

(Article B.4.4)

SECTION 6 — OFFICERS

The officers of the Local shall be the President, 1st Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, three (3) Trustees, Sergeant-at-Arms, and five (5) Stewards (one of whom will be elected by the Stewards as Chief Steward). All officers shall be elected by the membership.

(Articles B.2.1 & B.2.3)

SECTION 7 — EXECUTIVE BOARD

(a) The Executive Board shall comprise all officers, except Trustees

(Article B.2.2)

(b) The Board shall meet at least once every month.

(Article B.3.14)

(c) A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum.

(d) The Executive officers shall hold title to any real estate of the Local as trustees for the Local. They shall have no right to sell, convey, or encumber any real estate without first giving notice and then submitting the proposition to a membership meeting and having it approved.

(e) The Board shall do the work delegated to it by the Local and shall be held responsible for the proper and effective functioning of all committees.

All charges against members or officers must be made in writing and dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the CUPE Constitution.

(Articles B.6.I to B.6.7)

Should any Board member fail to answer the roll call for three consecutive regular membership meetings or four regular Board meetings without having submitted good reasons for those failures, his office shall be declared vacant and shall be filled by an election at the following membership meeting.

(Article B.2.5)

SECTION 8 — DUTIES OF OFFICERS

(a) The President shall:

enforce the CUPE Constitution and these bylaws;

• preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings and preserve order; decide all points of order and procedure (subject always to appeal to the membership);

• have a vote on all matters (except appeals against his rulings) and in case of a tie vote in any matter, including elections, have the right to cast an additional vote to break the tie;

• ensure that all officers perform their assigned duties;

• fill committee vacancies where elections are not provided for;

• introduce new members and conduct them through the initiation ceremony;

• sign all cheques and ensure that the Local’s funds are used only as authorized or directed by the Constitution, bylaws, or vote of the membership;

be allowed necessary funds, not to exceed one hundred (100) dollars monthly, to-reimburse-himself or any officers for expenses supported-by vouchers, incurred on behalf of the Local;

• have first preference as a delegate to the CUPE National Convention.

(Article B.3.1)

(b) The 1st Vice-President shall:

• if the President is absent or incapacitated, perform all duties of the President;

• if the office of President falls vacant, be Acting President until a new President is elected;

• render assistance to any member of the Board as directed by the Board;

(Article B.3.2)

(c) The Recording Secretary shall:

keep full, accurate and impartial account of the proceedings of all regular or special membership and Board meetings, ensuring that these records include a copy of the full financial report presented by the Secretary-Treasurer;

• record all alterations in the bylaws;

• answer correspondence and fulfill other secretarial duties as directed by the Board;

• file a copy of all letters sent out and keep on file all communications;

• prepare and distribute all circulars and notices to members;

• have all records ready on reasonable notice for auditors and Trustees;

• preside over membership and Board meetings in the absence of both the President and the Vice-President;

• be empowered, with the approval of the membership, to employ necessary stenographic or other assistance to be paid for out of the Local’s funds;

• on termination of office, surrender all books, seals and other properties of the Local to his successor.

(Article B.3.3)

(d) The Secretary-Treasurer shall:

• receive all revenue, initiation fees, dues, and assessments, keeping a record of each member’s payments, and deposit promptly all money with a bank or credit union;

• prepare all CUPE National per capita tax forms and remit payment no later than the last day of the following month;

• throughout his/her term, and on behalf of the Local Union membership, be responsible for maintaining, organizing, safeguarding and keeping on file all supporting documents, authorizations, invoices and/or vouchers for every disbursement made, receipts for all money sent to CUPE headquarters, as well as records and supporting documents for all income received by the Local Union;

• record all financial transactions in a manner acceptable to the Board and in accordance with good accounting practices;

• make a full financial report to meetings of the Local’s Executive Board, as well as a written financial report to each regular membership meeting, detailing all income and expenditures for the period;

• be bonded through the master bond held by the National Office, and any Secretary-Treasurer who cannot qualify for the bond shall be disqualified from office;

• pay no money unless supported by a voucher duly signed by the President and one other member of the Board or any two other members of the Board, except that no voucher shall be required for payment of per capita fees to any organization to which the Local is affiliated;

• make all books available for inspection by the auditors and/or Trustees on reasonable notice, and have the books audited at least once each calendar year and within a reasonable time, respond in writing to any recommendations and concerns raised by the Trustees;

• provide the Trustees with any information they may need to complete the audit report forms supplied by CUPE;

• not later than February 28th each year, furnish each member, on the forms supplied by the National Office, with a statement showing the net amount of tax-deductible dues paid by him during the preceding calendar year;

• be empowered, with the approval of the membership, to employ necessary clerical assistance to be paid for out of the Local’s funds;

• notify all members who are one month in arrears and report to the Board all members two or more months in arrears in the payment of union dues;

• on termination of office, surrender all books, records and other properties of the Local to his successor.

(Articles B.3.4 to B.3.9)

(e) The Trustees shall:

• act as an auditing committee on behalf of the members and audit the books and accounts of the Secretary-Treasurer, the Recording Secretary and the Standing Committees at least once every calendar year;

• make a written report of their findings to the first membership meeting following the completion of each audit;

• submit in writing to the President and Secretary-Treasurer any recommendations and/or concerns they feel should be reviewed in order to ensure that the Local Union’s funds, records, and accounts are being maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer in an organized, correct and proper manner;

• be responsible to ensure that monies are not paid out without proper constitutional or membership authorization;

• ensure that proper financial reports are made to the membership;

• audit the record of attendance;

• inspect at least once a year any stocks, bonds, securities, office furniture and equipment, and titles or deeds to property that may at any time be owned by the Local, and report their findings to the membership;

• send a copy of the completed audit report (on the prescribed form provided by the National Secretary-Treasurer), as well as a copy of their report to the Local Union membership along with a copy of their recommendations and/or concerns to the President and Secretary-Treasurer and the Secretary-Treasurer’s response, to the National Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, with a copy to the assigned servicing representative;

(Articles 8.3.10 to B.3.12)

(f) The Sergeant-at-Arms shall:

• guard the inner door at membership meetings and admit no one but members in good standing or officers and officials of CUPE, except on the order of the President and by consent of the members present;

• assist in maintaining the record of membership attendance at meetings;

• perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President from time to time.

(g) Chief Steward

act as Grievance Officer and chair the Grievance Committee;

if the President and 1st Vice-President and Recording Secretary are absent or incapacitated, perform all duties of the President.

would be responsible for educational needs of the Local.

(h) The Steward(s):

There will be five (5) Stewards; one from each of the North Area, South Area, West Area, East Area and Maintenance Department (maintenance shall include recycling and courier services).

A Chief Steward shall be elected by secret ballot by the area stewards.

The duties are:

• Defining, detecting, preparing, and presenting grievances at the initial level;

• Generally knowing and policing the Collective Agreement and provincial legislation affecting labour and particular job;

• Provide communications and information from the members to the Executive Board and from the Executive to the members;

• Greet and sign up new employees and encourage the participation of all members of the Local in Union activity;

• Maintain contact with the members to provide ongoing Union awareness and education;

• Attending stewarding courses during their tenure.

SECTION 9 — OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES

(a) Any Officer, who is authorized to represent the Local at a meeting outside of his/her working hours, in the Region of York, is entitled to a per diem allowance ofthirty dollars (30) for meals and expenses in addition to travel allowance in accordance to the YCDSB policy based on kilometres driven.

(b) Any member who is authorized to represent the Local at any function outside of the Region of York is entitled to a per diem allowance hundred dollars ($100.00) in addition to travel allowance in accordance to the YCDSB policy, economy flight rate or coach rate as decided by the Executive Board which should be the least expensive travel arrangement.

(c) The following honorariums will be paid not later than December 15th in each year:

  • President $ 1,500.00
  • 1st Vice-President $ 1,100.00
  • Secretary-Treasurer $1,100.00
  • Recording Secretary $1,100.00
  • Sergeant-at-Arms $300.00
  • Trustees $100.00
  • Chief Steward $1,100.00
  • Stewards $1,000.00

SECTION 10 – FEES, DUES, and ASSESSMENTS

(a) Initiation Fee

Each application for membership in the Local shall be directed to the Secretary-Treasurer and shall be accompanied by an initiation fee of five dollars ($5.00) which shall be in addition to monthly dues. The Secretary-Treasurer shall issue a receipt. If the application is rejected the fee shall be returned.

(Articles B.4.1 & B.10.2)

(b) Readmittance Fee

The readmittance fee shall be ten dollars ($10.00)

(Articles B.4.1 & B.11.2)

(c) Monthly Dues

The monthly dues shall be 2% of regular wages

(Article B.4.3)

Changes in the levels of the Initiation Fee, the Readmittance Fee, or the Monthly Dues can be effected only by following the procedure for amendment of these bylaws (see Section 16), with the additional provision that the vote must be by secret ballot.

(Articles B.4.1 & B.4.3)

Notwithstanding the above provisions, if the CUPE Convention raises minimum fees and/or dues above the level herein established, these bylaws will be deemed to have been automatically amended to conform to the new CUPE minima.

Special assessments may be levied in accordance with Article B.4.2 of the CUPE Constitution.

SECTION 11- NON-PAYMENT OF DUES and ASSESSMENTS

Any member in arrears for a period of three months or more shall be automatically suspended and his suspension shall be reported to the Executive Board by the Secretary-Treasurer. The Executive Board shall report to the next membership meeting with a recommendation. Any member under suspension wishing to be reinstated shall, upon application, pay the readmittance fee, plus any dues and assessments in arrears. This money will be returned if the application is rejected.

If a member has been unemployed or unable to work because of sickness, he shall pay the readmittance fee but may not be required to pay his arrears.

(Article B.11.1)

SECTION 12 — NOMINATION, ELECTION AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

(a) Nomination and Elections

Nominations and elections shall be at a special membership meeting held in the month of November. To be eligible for nomination a member shall have attended at least fifty percent (50%) of the membership meetings held in the previous twelve (12) months or in the period he was a member, if less than a year, unless a valid reason, acceptable to the Local, is given for non-attendance by the next membership meeting. No nomination shall be accepted unless the member is in attendance at the meeting or has allowed to be filed at the meeting his consent in writing, duly witnessed by another member. No member shall be eligible for nomination if he is in arrears of dues and/or assessments.

(b) Elections

(1) At a membership meeting at least one month prior to election day the President shall, subject to the approval of the members present, appoint an Elections Committee consisting of a Returning Officer and assistant(s): The committee shall include members of the Local who are neither officers nor candidates for office, it shall have full responsibility for voting arrangements and shall treat information submitted to it in connection with its responsibilities as confidential.

(2) The Executive Board shall determine the form of the ballot and ensure that sufficient quantities are made available in good time to the Returning Officer.

(3) The Returning Officer shall be responsible for issuing, collecting, and counting ballots. He must be fair and impartial and see that all arrangements are unquestionably democratic.

(4) Voting to fill one office shall be conducted and completed, and recounts dealt with, before balloting may begin to fill another office.

(5) A majority of votes cast shall be required before any candidate can be declared elected, and second and subsequent ballots shall be taken, if necessary, to obtain a majority. On the second and subsequent ballots the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes in the previous ballot shall be dropped.

(6) When two or more nominees are to be elected to any office by ballot, each member voting shall be required to vote for the full number of candidates to be elected or the member’s ballot will be declared spoiled.

(7) Any member may request a recount of the votes for any election and a recount shall be conducted if the request is supported, in a vote, by at least the number of members equal to the quorum for a membership meeting as laid down in Section 4 (c).

(c) Installation

(1) All duly elected officers shall be installed at the meeting at which elections are held and shall continue in office for three (3) years or until a successor has been elected and installed, provided, however, that no term of office shall be longer than three (3) years.

(Article B.2.4)

(2) The terms of office for Trustees shall be as laid down in Article B.3.10 of the CUPE Constitution.

(d) By-Election

Should an office fall vacant pursuant to Section 7 (g) of these bylaws or for any other reason, the resulting by-election should be conducted as closely as possible in conformity with this Section.

SECTION 13 – DELEGATES TO CONVENTIONS

(a) Except for the President’s option [Section 9 (a)], the Recording Secretary, the Vice-President Chief Steward and one executive member (selected by rotation) all other delegates to conventions shall be chosen by election at membership.

(b) Delegates to conventions held locally shall have no travel allowance. There shall be a per diem allowance of one hundred dollars ($100.00) and compensation for any loss of salary incurred by attendance at the convention.

(c) Representation at educational institutes and seminars shall be on the recommendation of the Chief Steward, subject to final approval by the membership.

SECTION 14 – COMMITTEES

(a) Negotiating Committee

This shall be a special ad hoc committee established at least six (6) months prior to the expiry of the Local’s collective agreement and automatically disbanded when a new collective agreement has been signed. The function of the committee is to prepare collective bargaining proposals and to negotiate a collective agreement. The committee shall consist of the President, and three (3) executive members and two (2) members elected at a general membership meeting of the Local. The CUPE representative assigned to the Local shall be a non-voting member of the committee and shall be consulted at all stages from formulating proposals, through negotiations, to contract ratification by the membership.

(b) Special Committees

A special ad hoc committee may be established for a specified purpose and period by the membership at a meeting. The members shall be elected at the same or another membership meeting or may, by specific authorization of the membership, be appointed by the President or the Executive Board. Two members of the Board may sit on any special committee as ex-officio members.

(c) Standing Committees

The Chairperson of each standing committee shall be elected by the -members-at-a-membership-meeting the-Chairperson-and-the-Executive Board may, with the concurrence of the membership, jointly appoint other members to serve on a committee. The President shall be a member, ex-officio, of each committee. There shall be four standing committees as follows:

(1) Grievance Committee

This committee shall process all grievances not settled at the initial stage and its reports shall be submitted first to the Executive Board, with a copy to the CUPE representative, and then to a membership meeting. Grievances must be in writing on the forms provided by the National Office and be signed by the complainant or complainants, as provided for in the collective agreement. The committee shall comprise the President, the Recording Secretary, the Chief Steward and the Area Steward. The committee shall appoint its secretary from among its members.

(2) Education Committee

It shall be the duty of this committee to:

• arrange for representation of the Local at any appropriate and available educational seminar or conference and submit recommendations accordingly to the Executive Board;

• instruct delegates in the preparation of reports to the membership on seminars and conferences and maintain a reference file of these reports;

• cooperate with the Executive Board in preparing press releases and other publicity material;

• cooperate with the Union Development Department (Education) and Communications Branch of CUPE, and with the regional education representative, in implementing both the Local’s and CUPE’s policies in these fields. The committee shall comprise the Chief Steward and the Area Stewards and shall appoint its secretary from among its members.

(3) Membership Support Committee

This committee may:

• Visit-members-who-are-ill;

• if a member is ill for more than a week, have sent some token of the Local’s concern and desire to help, whether the member is at home or in hospital;

• extend the Local’s condolences in the event of the death of a member or one of his immediate family (Members Partner/Spouse, Mother, Father, Child, Sister, Brother, Father/Mother-In-Law Grand Parent and Grand Child) and make other appropriate gestures in accordance with custom or the wishes of the family concerned;

• The committee shall comprise of three (3) Executive members and may appoint a secretary-treasurer from among its members. It shall be reimbursed by the Executive Board for expenses incurred in the performance of its duties.

• The total expenditure for any of the above-named occurrences will not exceed fifty (50) dollars.

(4) Social Committee

It is the function of this committee to arrange and conduct all social and recreational activities except the Christmas Party of the Local either on the committee’s own initiative or as a result of decisions taken at membership meetings. The committee shall submit reports and proposals to the Executive Board or to the membership as required. A ceiling for the committee’s net expenditures shall be fixed annually by the membership but, other than the Christmas Party, all social and recreational events and activities shall be self-supporting. The Executive Board shall be held responsible for the proper and effective functioning of this committee. The committee shall comprise of between three (3) and five (5) executive members and may appoint a secretary-treasurer from among its members.

The Social Committee will be responsible for the presentation of a token of the Local’s appreciation (e.g. watch) when a member in good standing retires from work at the YCDSB.

(5) Health and Safety Committee

The President will sit on the joint Health and Safety Committee.

(6) The executive will appoint not more than two (2) WSIB representatives who will be trained. The positions will be reviewed every two (2) years.

SECTION 15 – RULES OF ORDER

All meetings of the Local shall be conducted in accordance with the basic principles of Canadian parliamentary procedure. Some of the more important rules to ensure free and fair debate are appended to these bylaws as Appendix

“A”. These rules shall be considered as an integral part of the bylaws and may be amended only by the same procedure used to amend the bylaws.

In situations not covered by Appendix “A”, the CUPE Constitution may provide guidance, but, if the situation is not dealt with there, Bourinot’s Rules of Order shall be consulted and applied.

SECTION 16 — AMENDMENT

(a) These bylaws are always subordinate to the CUPE Constitution (including Appendix “B”) as it now exists or may be amended from time to time, and in the event of any conflict between these bylaws and the CUPE Constitution the latter shall govern. Constitutional interpretation, including determination of conflict, is the prerogative of the National President.

(Articles 9.2(c), 13.3, & B.7.1)

(b) These bylaws shall not be amended, added to, or suspended except upon a majority vote of those present and voting at a regular or special membership meeting following seven days notice at a previous meeting or at least sixty days written notice.

(Article B.7.1)

(c) No change in these bylaws shall be valid and take effect until approved by the National President of CUPE. The validity shall date from the letter of approval of the National President.

(Articles 13.3 & B.7.1)

APPENDIX “A” TO THE BYLAWS OF LOCAL 1571, CUPE

RULES OF ORDER

The President or, in his absence, the 1st Vice-President, shall take the chair at all membership meetings. In the absence of both the President and Vice-President, the Recording Secretary shall act as President, and in his absence a President pro-tern shall be chosen by the Local.

2. No member, except the Chairperson of a committee making a report or the mover of a resolution, shall speak more than five minutes, or more than once on the same question without the consent of the meeting or until all who wish to speak have had an opportunity. Chairpersons and movers of a resolution shall be limited to fifteen minutes, except with the consent of the meeting.

3. The President shall state every question coming before the Local, and before allowing debate thereon, and again immediately before putting it to a vote, shall ask: “Is the Local ready for the question?” Should no member rise to speak, the question shall then be put.

4. A motion to be entertained by the presiding officer must be moved and seconded; both mover and seconder must rise and be recognized by the chair.

5. A motion to amend, or to amend an amendment, shall be in order, but no motion to amend an amendment to an amendment shall be permitted. No amendment, or amendment to an amendment, which is a direct negative of the resolution shall be in order.

6. On motion,–the regular order of-business may-be suspended-by a-two thirds vote of those present, to deal with any urgent business.

7. All resolutions and motions other than those named in Rule 17, or those to accept or adopt the report of a committee, shall, if requested by the presiding officer, be presented in writing before being put to the Local.

8. At the request of any member, and upon a majority vote of those present, a question may be divided when the sense will admit of it.

9. Any member having made a motion can withdraw it with the consent of the seconder, except that any motion, once debated, cannot be withdrawn except by a majority vote of those present.

10. When a member wishes to speak on a question or to make a motion, he shall rise in his place and respectfully address the presiding officer, but, except to state that he rises to a point of order or on a question of privilege, he shall not proceed further until recognized by the chair.

11. When two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the presiding officer shall decide which one is entitled to the floor.

12. Every member, while speaking, shall adhere to the question under debate and avoid all personal, indecorous, or offensive language, as well as any poor reflection on the Local or member thereof.

13. If a member, while speaking, is called to order, he shall cease speaking until the point is determined; if it is decided he is in order, he may again proceed.

14. No religious discussion shall be permitted.

15. The President shall take no part in debate while presiding, but may yield the chair to the Vice-President in order to speak on any question before the Local, or to introduce a new question.

16. The presiding officer shall have the same rights as other members to vote on any question. In case of a tie, he may in addition give a casting vote, or, if he chooses, refrain from breaking the tie, in which case the motion is lost.

17. When a motion is before the Local, no other motion shall be in order except (1) to adjourn (2) to put the previous question (3) to lay on the table (4) to postpone for a definite time (5) to refer (6) to divide or amend, which motions shall have precedence in the order named. The first three of these shall-be-decided without-debate.

18. A motion for the previous question, when regularly moved and seconded, shall be put in this form: “Shall the main question be now put?” If it is adopted, the President shall proceed to take the vote on the resolution and amendments thereto (if any) according to their priority. If an amendment or an amendment to an amendment is adopted, the original resolution, as amended, shall be put to the Local.

19. A motion to adjourn is in order except (1) when a member has the floor, and (2) when members are voting.

20. A motion to adjourn, having been put and lost, shall not be in order again, if there is further business before the Local, until fifteen minutes have elapsed.

21. After the presiding officer declares the vote on a question, and before the Local proceeds to another order of business, any member may ask for a division. A standing vote shall then be taken and the Secretary shall count same.

22. If any member wishes to challenge (appeal) a decision of the chair, he must do so at the time the decision is made. If the challenge is seconded, the member shall be asked to state briefly the basis for his challenge. The Chairperson may then state briefly the basis for his decision, following which the Chairperson shall immediately and without debate put the question: “Shall the decision of the chair be sustained?” A majority vote shall decide except that in the event of a tie the chair is sustained.

23. After a question has been decided, any two members who have voted in the majority may, at the same or next meeting, move reconsideration thereof.

24. No member shall enter or leave a meeting during the reading of the minutes, the initiation of new members, the installation of officers, or the taking of a vote; and no member shall be allowed to leave without the permission of the Vice-President.

25. The Local’s business, and proceedings of meetings, is not to be divulged to any persons outside the Local or the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Benefits

The current benefits package provides the following coverage:

- Extended Health Care 100%

- Group Life Insurance 80%

- Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 80%

- Dental Plan 80%

For information regarding Employee Benefits, please refer to Article 17.01 of the Collective Agreement.

Please note: members must be employed on a full-time basis in order to qualify for the benefits package. Additional information not mentioned in the CA can be found on the Board’s website at www.ycdsb.ca.

Leaves

Sick Leave

Each employee, other than a probationary employee, is entitled to 24 days sick leave credit per year (on the basis of 2 days for every month of active service). Upon completion of probation, an employee is entitled to sick leave, but shall not be paid for any sickness which occurred during the probationary period.

If an employee does not use all the sick leave to which he/she is entitled, the unused portion is accumulated and carried forward for future use provided that the accumulated sick leave time does not exceed 230 days. The Board maintains a record of all sick leave credits and notifies each employee in writing of their accumulated/remaining sick leave credits once per calendar year.

A physician’s certificate may be requested if an employee is off sick for more than 5 days or if it was expressed as a requirement in advance of the employee’s leave. The requested certificate will be delivered to the Health and Wellness Coordinator only. In some cases, the Board may require the employee to undergo an examination by a physician selected by the Board. Employees must make every reasonable effort to notify their supervisor of any absence due to sickness.

For more information regarding sick leave, please refer to Article 14 of the Collective Agreement.

3 Over 4

An employee can choose to lower their pay rate to 75% for 3 years in return for 1 year paid leave at the same pay rate. 25% of the employee’s wages is accumulated for 3 years to allow for paid leave in the 4th year.

4 Over 5

An employee can choose to lower their pay rate to 80% for 4 years in return for 1 year paid leave at the same rate. 20% of the employee’s wages is accumulated for 4 years to allow for paid leave in the 5th year.

Pension plan

If you’re part of a pension plan, you can provide some information on the plan here, and a link to the plan web site, for example:

Multi-Sector Pension Plan (MSPP)

OMERS

BC Municipal Pension Plan

Job Posting

Many employers keep their postings online, but often buried deep in their web sites.

If you make the union site the easiest way for your members to find the postings that are already being kept up to date by the employer, they’ll be more likely to see other union news at the same time.

The Union and You

The following questions may be of specific interest to you. The answers provided serve as general information. For further information and/or clarification, start by referring to your Collective Agreement. You may also contact your Union Steward, Regional Councilor and/or Executive Officer for additional support. Keep yourself informed: read Union bulletins, familiarize yourself with the website, and attend Union meetings and events.

Q. What is the probationary period for new employees?

A. The probationary period is 60 days and is calculated from the date of first commencing work for the Board.

Q. What are my Union fees?

A. Each member of Local 1571 pays a fee to be a member of the Union. 2% of your regular wage is deducted monthly from your pay cheque and sent to CUPE. Deducted fees provide members with a variety of benefits, including professional and protective services.

Q. Do our hours of work change during school breaks?

A. During the student Christmas and March breaks, Custodians are given the day shift.

Q. What is my pay?

A. For information regarding pay, please refer to Article 13.01 in the Collective Agreement.

Q. What days are considered stat holidays during the calendar year?

A. New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, August Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day* and Boxing Day.

*When Christmas falls on any day other than Monday or Sunday, the period from noon on the preceding day shall be a holiday.

Q. If a holiday occurs during vacation time do I lose the day?

A. No. The Employee shall be entitled to a day off with pay at a time mutually convenient to the employee and the Board.

Q. If I’m promoted, will I be on probation in my new position?

A. Yes. All employees promoted to a new position shall serve a 60 work day trial period.

Q. How many sick leave days am I allotted per year?

A. All employees (other than those on probation) will be allowed no more than 24 days sick leave credit per year on the basis of two days for every month of active service.

Q. Will I be notified of upcoming Performance Evaluations?

A. Yes. Employees are given at least 3 days advance notice of a Performance Evaluation.

Q. How much notice do I need to give my employer for pregnancy leave?

A. You must provide at least 2 weeks written notice before the day the leave is to commence.*

*A legally qualified medical practitioner’s certificate stating due date can be requested by the employer.

 

Grievances

 

What is a grievance?

A grievance is an orderly and effective way of enforcing the Collective Agreement to resolve conflict in the workplace. It is a formal complaint arising out of an alleged violation of administration, application or interpretation of the Collective Agreement (e.g., improper pay; unfair discipline). Other grievances may include breaches of legislation such as the Human Rights Code or the Health and Safety Act. By following proper procedure, filling a grievance will ensure prompt resolution.

If I have a complaint, what do I do?

If something in your workplace is happening that seems unfair to you, contact your Executive Officer. Your Executive Officer will be able to discuss, assess the situation and help you deal with it in the most efficient and appropriate manner. Sometimes intervention other than a grievance may be more effective and therefore used.

I’m afraid to grieve!

Don’t be nervous. Your Executive Officer will guide you through the process. All workers have rights. It is important to make your rights known to ensure the Collective Agreement is regularly enforced.

What is the process of a grievance?

Once a decision is made to file a grievance, your Executive Officer will notify the York Catholic District School Board management. A grievance meeting will be held where your Executive Officer will represent you by presenting your case.

 

What timelines do I follow?

Under the Collective Agreement, members must adhere to timelines. The grievance must be filed within 5 working days from the time the member knew, or reasonably ought to have known, that the violation occurred.

LOCAL 1571

Local 1571

About Me

The Local 1571 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees has been formed to improve the social and economic welfare of its members, without regard to gender, sexual orientation, colour, race or creed, and in compliance with the Human Rights Code, to promote efficiency in public employment and to manifest its belief in the value of the unity of organized labour.

Contact Us

Phone:
905-713-1211
Email:
info@local1571.ca

ANDY ORFANAKOS

PRESIDENT

About Me

The President is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including but not limited to presiding over all membership and executive board meetings, determining points of order and procedure, conducting votes on all matters (excluding appeals against his/her rulings), introducing and initiating new members, filling committee vacancies (that do not require an election process), and ensuring all officers are performing their assigned duties. The President is also responsible for signing all union cheques while ensuring the Local’s funds are being used as authorized or as directed by the constitution, bylaws or vote of the membership.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-885-9137 / 905-713-1211 x11344
Email:
president@local1571.ca

PETER LUCCA

VICE PRESIDENT

About Me

The President is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including but not limited to presiding over all membership and executive board meetings, determining points of order and procedure, conducting votes on all matters (excluding appeals against his/her rulings), introducing and initiating new members, filling committee vacancies (that do not require an election process), and ensuring all officers are performing their assigned duties. The President is also responsible for signing all union cheques while ensuring the Local’s funds are being used as authorized or as directed by the constitution, bylaws or vote of the membership.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-992-8510
Email:
vicepresident@local1571.ca

LENNY PALUMBO

RECORDING SECRETARY

About Me

The Recording Secretary is responsible for keeping full, accurate, impartial accounts of all meetings. He/she must ensure that all records include a copy of the full financial report as presented by the Secretary Treasurer. In addition, the Recording Secretary is responsible for recording all alterations in bylaws, answering correspondence, filing copies of all letters sent out, filing all communications as well as preparing and distributing all circulars/notices to members. The Recording Secretary must also have records readily available for presentation (on a reasonable notice) by auditors and Trustees.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-885-7240
Email:
recordingsecretary@local1571.ca

STEPHEN DIGNARD

TREASURER

About Me

The Secretary Treasurer is responsible for receiving/collecting, keeping record of and depositing all revenue, initiation fees, dues, assessments and member payments. In addition, he/she is responsible for safeguarding all supporting documents, authorizations, invoices, vouchers of disbursements, receipts for money, as well as records and supporting documents for all income received by the Union. At executive and general membership meetings, he/she is responsible for presenting a detailed report of all income and expenditures for the period.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-873-2349
Email:
treasurer@local1571.ca

DINA ORFANAKOS

SERGEANT AT ARMS

About Me

The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for guarding the door at membership meetings, admitting only members in good standing, officers or officials of CUPE (except on the order of the President or by consent of the members present). He/or she is additionally responsible for maintaining record of membership attendance at meetings and performing other duties as assigned by the President.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-899-2370
Email:
sergeantatarms@local1571.ca

MARIAN PAWLISZKO

NORTH AREA STEWARD

About Me

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing
communications from the Executive Board to the membership and from the membership to the Executive Board. Area Stewards greet, sign up new employees and encourage participation from all members of the Local in Union activity. Responsible for knowing and policing the
Collective Agreement and provincial legislation affecting labour, Area Stewards provide
ongoing Union awareness and education to the membership.

Contact Me

Phone:
416.629.6317
Email:
northsteward@local1571.ca

MICHAEL FILICE

SOUTH AREA STEWARD

About Me

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing
communications from the Executive Board to the membership and from the membership to the Executive Board. Area Stewards greet, sign up new employees and encourage participation from all members of the Local in Union activity. Responsible for knowing and policing the
Collective Agreement and provincial legislation affecting labour, Area Stewards provide
ongoing Union awareness and education to the membership.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-892-4127
Email:
southsteward@local1571.ca

SYLWESTER OPINSKI

WEST AREA STEWARD

About Me

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing
communications from the Executive Board to the membership and from the membership to the Executive Board. Area Stewards greet, sign up new employees and encourage participation from all members of the Local in Union activity. Responsible for knowing and policing the
Collective Agreement and provincial legislation affecting labour, Area Stewards provide
ongoing Union awareness and education to the membership.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-629-6733
Email:
weststeward@local1571.ca

NIKICA PRECEPA

EAST AREA STEWARD

About Me

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing
communications from the Executive Board to the membership and from the membership to the Executive Board. Area Stewards greet, sign up new employees and encourage participation from all members of the Local in Union activity. Responsible for knowing and policing the
Collective Agreement and provincial legislation affecting labour, Area Stewards provide
ongoing Union awareness and education to the membership.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-892-4478
Email:
eaststeward@local1571.ca

CRAIG HAM

MAINTENANCE STEWARD

About Me

Contact Me

Phone:
416-629-2639
Email:
maintenancesteward@local1571.ca

JOE RUNCO

HEALTH & SAFETY

About Me

The Health and Safety Officer is responsible for enforcing bylaws within the Canadian Labour Code. Their duties often include conducting health and safety tests, examinations, inquiries, investigations/inspections, taking photographs and creating sketches of the workplace. The officer may recommend prosecution if the need arises.

Contact Me

Phone:
416-433-5489
Email:
health@local1571.ca

Union Structure

local1571-union-structure

The Local 1571 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees has been formed to improve the social and economic welfare of its members, without...

LOCAL 1571

GENERAL OFFICE

The President is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including but not limited to presiding over all membership and executive board meetings, determining...

The Vice President performs all the duties of the President in any case where he/she is absent or incapacitated. If the office of the...

PETER LUCCA

VICE PRESIDENT

The Recording Secretary is responsible for keeping full, accurate, impartial accounts of all meetings. He/she must ensure that all records include a copy of...

LENNY PALUMBO

RECORDING SECRETARY

The Secretary Treasurer is responsible for receiving/collecting, keeping record of and depositing all revenue, initiation fees, dues, assessments and member payments. In addition, he/she...

The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for guarding the door at membership meetings, admitting only members in good standing, officers or officials of CUPE...

DINA ORFANAKOS

SERGEANT AT ARMS

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing communications...

MARIAN PAWLISZKO

NORTH AREA STEWARD

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing  communications from...

MICHAEL FILICE

SOUTH AREA STEWARD

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing communications...

SYLWESTER OPINSKI

WEST AREA STEWARD

Area Stewards are generally responsible for defining, detecting, preparing and presenting grievances at the initial level. He/she additionally serves as a messenger, providing communications...

NIKICA PRECEPA

EAST AREA STEWARD

CRAIG HAM

MAINTENANCE STEWARD

JOE RUNCO

HEALTH & SAFETY

LOCAL 1571 SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING CHARITIES AS WELL AS SUPPORT APPEALS FROM OTHER PROVINCIAL LOCALS.

The_Salvation_Army
www.salvationarmy.ca

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

The following letter from The Salvation Army was received by Local 1571 in thanks for financial support.

Greetings!

I would like to extend my sincere thank you for your financial contribution during our 2012 Christmas Kettle Campaign. We are very grateful for your donation to The Salvation Army Richmond Hill this Christmas Season.

Each year The Salvation Army in Richmond Hill is able to help many hundreds of families and children. This is all made possible by people, like yourself, in our community who give so generously. On behalf of The Salvation Army in Richmond HIll and those in our community that will receive assistance in 2013, I would like to once gain thank you for your generous donation.

I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2013!

Sincerely,
Emily Richards
Kettle Coordinator
The Salvation Army, Richmond Hill
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The Vitanova Foundation is a non-profit corporation chartered by the Province of Ontario and a registered Canadian charity that provides a range of addiction-related services to individuals, families and the community at large – all at no charge.

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York Region Food Network operates programs, raises awareness and promotes policy changes for increased access to affordable and nutritious food produced within a sustainable food system.

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