The proposed changes to the collective agreement for per diems, boot allowance and Group Assured Access, were accepted by 93.3% of the members who voted. The increase to per diems and boots allowance was effective July 3, 2009. Members are responsible to ensure that they received the correct entitlement. Acceptance of Group Assured Access means that for the first time Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB’s) are now enshrined into our contract. Now, we need to work on obtaining guarantees of the $1000 OPEB allowance and the grandfathered benefits. The CEPACC Executive is pleased with the outcome of the vote because it helps a lot of members who would have had some very difficult times ahead paying for drugs and other benefits. Thank you to all who came out to vote on this very important issue.
The 8th National Women’s Conference is being held in Ottawa from Nov 8 – 10, 2009. Each Local will be sending delegates based on rules set out in their respective local by-laws. This year’s theme is ‘Breaking Down Barriers…Building Equality!’ Two workshops are designed for all participants: ‘CEP Confronts Harassment and Bullying’ and ‘Economic Crisis – We’re Not Taking This Sitting Down’. The other two workshops are for women only. They are ‘Taking on Harassment and Bullying’ and ‘Finding Our Voices’. For more detailed information on the conference, go to www.cep.ca. Check with your steward to find out the process for delegate selection / election in your local.
This years Biennial Meeting was held from May 29 – 30, 2009 at the White Point Beach Resort in Liverpool, NS. A total of 28 delegates, 2 national representatives and 4 resolution committee members attended. In addition, there were three guest speakers, Wendy Sol, CEP Administrative VP for the Western Region, Ervan Cronk, CEP VP for the Atlantic Region and Rick Clarke, President of the NS Federation of Labour. Several amendments were made to the Council By-laws pertaining to voting strength based on dues paid to the Council rather than to the National; a specific time when local delegate entitlement to the Biennial meeting is determined; clean up of who conducts elections if there is a vacancy during mid-term and mileage will now be based on the National Union’s rate rather than the company’s rate. There were no elections conducted as all positions went uncontested. The CEPACC Executive remains the same with Penny Fawcett, President of Local 2289 as the Chairperson; Phil Briffett, President of Local 410 as the Vice Chairperson; Noel Pauley, President of Local 401 (PEI); Chuck Rouse, President of Local 506 (NB); Mary Croke, Recording Secretary and Joyclin Coates, Treasurer. The 3rd Biennial Council Locals Meeting will take place from June 10 – 11, 2011 in Rocky Harbour, Gros Morne National Park, NL.
Ron Beaton from Local 972 in Cape Breton, NS, who was the longest serving National Board Member in our union, retired July 1, 2009. Ron brought a wealth of knowledge and history to the Board that will be greatly missed. However….we are delighted to announce that Lisa Martin from Local 506 (NB), having been elected as first alternate at the last national convention, has been called up to be a permanent member of the Board. Lisa will bring her own sense of style and enthusiasm to the Board and we know she’ll do a great job in representing all CEP Atlantic Region members. Congratulations Lisa!! CEPACC members now make up 3 of out 4 Rank & File positions on our National Board. Mary Croke and Penny Fawcett are the two other Board Members. Noel Pauley, President Local 401 now moves up as first alternate after being elected as second alternate at the last convention.
Every winter we have the same discussion with the company and every year it’s the same response. Every time there is a major snow storm, there are questions from members about whether or not the company is going to take company vehicles off the road. Well, you don’t have to wait for the company to take action. Every member has the right to refuse dangerous work. If you don’t feel safe driving your company vehicle during a major storm then you have the right to refuse to drive it. You must notify your supervisor that you are not driving in dangerous conditions and YOU are taking your vehicle off the road. (See page 2 of this bulletin for more detailed information.) YOU sometimes have to take measures yourself to ensure your own safety. Remember… “No job is so important and no service is so urgent, that we cannot take time to perform our work safely”.
Wayne Simms: It was with deep sadness that we heard of the sudden passing of our co-worker and union member, Wayne Simms on March 19, 2009. Wayne was well liked and respected by all who knew and worked with him. Wayne worked as a Network Technician on Toll Route out of the Mount Pearl C.O., NL. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Donna, sons Evan & Ryan, to his brother Dennis, a CEP Local 410 member who works in the Hermitage, NL area, and to all members of his extended family.
John O’Keefe: Passed away suddenly on May 25, 2009 at his residence in the Goulds, NL. John Joseph O’Keefe age 56 yrs. John worked for many years at the Allandale CO as a Network Technician and he was a union member for 35 years. John was mostly known at Allandale for his ‘walkabouts’; keeping in touch with just about everyone in the building. He will surely be missed by his co-workers in that office. Condolences are extended to his wife of 32 years, Pauline as well as two daughters; Melanie and Justina.
Penny Fawcett, Chairperson
Phil Briffett, Vice Chairperson
Joyclin Coates, Treasurer
Section 128 of the Canada Labour Code Part II, gives workers the right to refuse to do any work that constitutes a danger.
Workers have the right to refuse work if they have reasonable cause to believe it will place them in danger, or place other workers in danger.
“Reasonable cause to believe” means that a worker has some knowledge that the work will cause them harm. This belief could include the following:
The Definition of danger means that the workers have the right to refuse to do any task that they believe will cause injury or illness to them;
Workers do not have to prove that a danger exists in order to refuse-only to reasonably believe that it exists.
Steps To Be Followed When Refusing To Do Dangerous Work