Letter to the editor

November 22,  2016

 

Letter to the Editor

 

FROM: Terry Egan, President, Local 110 Canadian Union of Public Employees

 

 

Minimum wage is frozen, thus the working poor remain poor.

Organized Labour has just been told our ability to negotiate a fair Collective Agreement is about to be impeded.

Many Manitoban’s have to hold 2 part-time jobs to make ends meet. Manitoban’s are working for inferior wages, poor working conditions, and all around disenfranchised.

The supposed workers party (The NDP)  lost the election and rightfully so. With all the publicized back stabbing and disorganization, not to mention the party forgetting its deep Labour roots, we deserved it.

Organized Labour has to now take the forefront and represent the people who pay our wages.

We have to have noticed that everything leading to the WINNIPEG 1919 GENERAL STRIKE is happening again.

Unions, as well as Labour organizations, better pull it together and remember just who pays good monies for their representation.

The dues paying members are watching and they deserve their positions and their rights to be represented and to be represented well.

Labour has to put our petty differences aside and work productively and respectfully together in order to protect our members right to a fair bargaining process.

Leadership of organized Labour better step it up in preparing to represent the dues paying members in a big way and not just in lip service.

Maybe 2017 will become the new 1919… perhaps it’s time.

 

 

 

 

News concerning our By-Laws

At our April 10, 2016 General Meeting we voted on a notice of motion that was submitted at our January meeting. The motion is:

For a member to run for a position on the Executive, Table Officers, Stewards, or any committees including Trustees; a member must have attended 75% of the General Meetings and Special Meetings should they be called over the (2) two year period between elections. Should there be a bi-election the 75% will be based on (2) two years prior to bi-election.

This motion was passed requiring all members who plan to run in future elections to attend seventy-five percent of the meetings. This motion has to pass through Cupe National before changes will take effect.

Those members in attendance voted overwhelmingly in favor of the above mentioned notice of motion, and believe it to be a positive step forward.

This motion added to our bylaws ensures that any brothers and sisters wishing to run in any future elections will have proved their commitment and dedication by being active in our union prior to running.

It’s yet another insurance in the continued protection of our local’s best interest.

News about our Benefit package

April 6th /2016

Letter to the Membership CUPE Local 110

Regarding our Benefit package.

Frank Harder, Swaran Dhaliwal and myself went to Saskatoon to re-negotiate our benefits package.

  • It was well worth the time and lengthy travel to address our concerns with no financial increase for our members.

Your negotiating committee work very hard on our behalf.

Thank you Frank and Swaran.

In Solidarity

Terry Egan President Local 110

Annual Retirement Dinner

To all Local 110 members,

Our Annual Local 110 Retirement party is all set for September 26 at the Tijuana Yaught Club, Canad Inns Polo Park. Tickets are $25 again and are available from all the reps. Call Frank if you need some tickets, I will get them to you.

Letter to editor

July 7th 2015

Letter to the Editor:

                          Regarding the Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees:

I was surprised to read the article that came to the conclusion that (The Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees is out of control).

The Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees was elected to represent the wants and needs of the constituents in their particular wards in a democratic process.

The people, living and working within the Winnipeg School Division elect people from their specific areas to represent our values and needs regarding the education of our children.

In my eyes, the Board of Trustees act as the governing body for the School Division and is or should be responsible for assuring that the Administration also represents the wants and needs of the people living within the boundaries of the Winnipeg School Division.

So to suggest that the Board of Trustees sit back and support Administration decisions without considering and/or representing the publics input or direction is an unrealistic/ridicules view.

Regarding the time restriction to “put the Board of Trustees house in order.¨  There is an election process regarding putting people in the political positions in the Winnipeg School Division. That opportunity comes open every 4 years. At which time they will be judged democratically.

Just as the provincial government shall be judged in 2016.

 

Sincerely

Terry Egan   President Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 110

Pension Plan Notice

July 6th 2015

Regarding the Disability part of our Pension Plan … The fights the Union takes on are never ending:

Did you know:

1) To my understanding the Winnipeg School Division Pension Plan was set up with the disability part of our plan attached to and or being part of the pension plan.

2) Also to my understanding the pension plan already had safe guards put in place regarding the plan’s ability to support employees of the Division. Such as, the motion passed years back by Mario Santos regarding the Division being responsible for all short falls of our plan. As well,  I understand that the committee has the power to recommend changes to the plan however I believe such changes would have to be agreeable to all parties concerned.

I would find it almost impossible to believe that even if investment returns were not as rich as they have been in the past that there would be any support from either the committee members or the Board of Trustees regarding any type of changes to the plan that could negatively effect our members.  i.e. changing to a money purchase plan or support for any type of negative benefit changes.

3) As far as I know there are no such pension regulations that force any type of plan changes such as have been implemented.

Regarding the minutes of the meeting held on June 13th 2012

4) Although I did not know Barbra Hogan, I understand now that she was an employee of the Division. I also understand now that she informed the committee of her opinions but I don’t know if she was also privy to the information from points 1, 2, and 3 above.

5) No where does it show in this meeting any motion to separate the plan’s structure to read disability benefits as not part of the regular pension plan.

6) This meeting shows committee members were informed of the way things are. However, I do not believe any of the members sitting in committee were made aware of Points 1, 2, and 3 above, as well the minutes do not show there was voting on the issue.

7) Finally: The minutes of this meeting were not signed by either the Chair or the Secretary.

 

Sincerely

 

Terry Egan President 110