Notice to municipal workers (CUPE 1505) from Fort McMurray

On Monday May 23, 2016, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo sent out an intent to return to work form to be filled out by all employees with a mandatory form return date of May 27.

The contents of this form have in no way been endorsed by CUPE nor does CUPE condone the form’s intent. CUPE Local 1505 has been asking numerous questions about this form, but the employer is being very selective and evasive in answering these questions.

At this time CUPE is advising all members to refer to the re-entry guidelines put out by the Province and the RMWB specifically page 2  outlining those who should not be returning to the area prior to the hospital being re-opened. If you suffer from any physical or mental health issues that prevent you from returning to Fort McMurray or are currently undergoing treatment we encourage you to obtain a medical certificate from a physician.

Below is a link to a form, developed by CUPE, that you can fill out if you are unable to return to work immediately for any reason and requesting a meeting with Union representation to discuss options with the employer.

If you have any further questions or concerns please email president@cupe1505.ca.

Click here for the form

April 28 – Day of Mourning

CHARLOTTETOWN: On April 28, many flag raising ceremonies will be held on the Island to remember the workers killed or injured on the job.

“Every April 28th, citizens across the country and around the globe gather to remember workers that were killed or injured at work. On average, in Canada, a worker dies every eight hours,” said Jason Woodbury, CUPE PEI and CUPE National Health and Safety Committee Representative.

It was CUPE’s National Health and Safety Committee who in 1984, first proposed the idea of a day to remember workers injured or killed on the job. Soon after, CUPE, national, provincial and local levels, along with the Canadian Labour Congress, began to recognize April 28th as the Day of Mourning.

“Each year on this day, we take the time to raise awareness about workers safety and encourage employers across the province to establish practices that ensure their workers return to their families at the end of each shift,” concluded Woodbury.

“On April 28th, we are inviting all Islanders to take time to remember workers killed or injured on the job, either by participating in the Day of Mourning Ceremony organized by the PEI Federation of labour at Confederation Center of the Arts, or in a flag raising ceremony  organized by CUPE” added Woodbury.

 Flags raising ceremonies are:

City Hall, Summerside at 9:30 a.m.

City Hall, Charlottetown at 11:30 a.m.

Province House, Charlottetown at 12:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m., organized by the Federation of Labour

Forum on TPP

This April 27th, come and join us to discuss what impacts will the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal) have on PEI. What will happen to our agricultural sector, our fishing industry, our environment, our jobs? This is the Trade Deal you heard so much about during the last Federal Election. TPP-April-27th png