Info on pharmaceuticals covered by OHIP for Ontarians under 25

For members who have enrolled and seeking to enroll in our Health Benefits Plan.

Starting January 1, 2018, more than 4,400 drug products will be free for anyone age 24 years or younger. You don’t need to enroll – all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription. For more info on how it fits our health benefits program, and members who are not Ontario residents, see Canadian Benefits newsletter here.

To enroll for Winter term go to our page on howto, or email, call the local for help.The deadline for enrolling is February 15, 2018.

You ask, we answer! Pay day schedule.

Do you recall that the employer switched to one-week lag pay schedule at the beginning of this term? Thanks to this new payroll regime we are now paid one week later than the two week work period for which the pay is issued. Please note, that in 2017 the last pay day is on December 29 for the period December 10-23. As you can see in the pay day schedule for 2018 (linked below), we will get paid for Dec 24 – 31 period on January 12, 2018 .

Here is the schedule for 2018. 

How to find both 2017 and 2017 tables?   Log in  https://brocku.sharepoint.com/
Click on Services Directory on the top drop-down menu; then on Human Resources; once there, go to the vertical list on the left and click on Payroll. Under the subheading Pay Schedules and Submission Dates find the bi-weekly one week-lag links.

Sick? Know your rights.

It’s the end of the Fall term and also the beginning of flu season. All the crunch associated with wrapping up courses and marking/grading at the end of the semester makes us vulnerable to bugs and viruses.

Fortunately, our collective agreement allows for a paid sick leave.

For Unit 1 it is five paid sick days a term. The odd particularity about our sick leave is that each day of the week is covered only once (e.g., one Monday, one Tuesday, etc.). See article 19 of our collective agreement.

In the event you become sick, make sure you let the Chair of your department know as soon as you can, so the department can make arrangements associated with your absence and even find a replacement for you. This means that you do not lose pay while nursing your illness at home, and the replacement fellow worker gets paid – a win-win solution!

If you not have scheduled contact hours with students (at the end of the semester or as Marker/Grader), the department shall allow reasonable and sufficient time to complete your marking/grading duties.

Questions?

Contact your union!

Health Benefits Survey

In September, we have introduced Health and Dental Benefits plan, negotiated at the last round of Unit 1 bargaining. This plan addresses the health needs of our members who are not graduate students and historically had no access to health benefits at Brock.

To understand our members needs better, the underwriter of our plan, Canadian Benefits Consulting Group, prepared a survey, linked below. It would take only about 5 minutes of your time to fill in (10 questions and a comment box). Please complete the survey before the Fall term is over. The survey answers are anonymous; if you chose not to answer a question, simply leave it blank.

HEALTH AND DENTAL PLAN SURVEY

Your contributions to the survey help us to address the health needs of our members better. Thank you!

Interested in a dinner and dance?

Our comrades in CUPE 1295 are having a banquet at Club Capri on December 16th starting at 5 :30 pm. Our local purchased 16 tickets for 1295-ers banquet.

The tickets are free for members who want to attend – just give us a shout at cupe4207@brocku.ca.

Prizes, raffle good food and dance, and of course, solidarity!

 

November 27 General Members Meeting

Our November GMM is on January 27th at 4 pm in Pond Inlet. Among the agenda items are ELECTIONS

You won’t be starving coming to the meeting –  we have the necessities of life there for you – food, drinks, camaraderie and the good feeling that you participate in the construction of your future!

CUPE 4207 supports Haudenosaunee right to hunt

The following statement was moved by the Executive Committee in solidarity with Six Nations treaty rights that include their right to hunt. November 11th commenced the first of the six days of the annual hunt in Short Hills Park on Pelham Road in St. Catharines. The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition is engaged in solidarity support during the harvest. See the ISC’s page on our website for schedule of reconciliation events and activities and the Six Nations Right to Hunt webpage.

Statement of Solidarity from the Executive Committee

CUPE 4207 represents Academic Workers at Brock University which is located on the traditional beaver hunting grounds, a shared territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and other nations.

Our union recognizes the treaty rights of all Indigenous Peoples and the responsibility of settlers to honour these rights as we work and live on colonized land.

We understand that we are in a Nation-to-Nation relationship and that Haudenosaunee are self-determining and sovereign. We specifically recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples to harvest on their traditional lands.

CUPE 4207 commits to standing in solidarity with Six Nations and all other Indigenous peoples. Our Indigenous Solidarity Coalition @ Brock and CUPE 4207 Equity Committee strive to offer events and campaigns that raise awareness and educate our members about upholding treaties through positive and respectful Nation-to-Nation relationships.

More statements of support:

Click here for one from Indigenous Solidarity Coalition.


And the following letter of support from IATSE local 461 ( International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ): Continue reading

CUPE 1295 Banquet

Fellow Brock workers of CUPE 1295 (maintenance trades, and custodial) are having their 37th annual christmas banquet on December 16th at Club Capri in Thorold. See poster here. Our local made a solidarity purchase of 16 tickets. We will give them away to interested members.

Interested in attending? Email cupe4207@brocku.ca. There is good food, raffles and prize draws, DJ music and dance. Free!

Equity Officer position vacant

Our Equity Officer is moving on to a new job. We wish Samantha the best in her new pursuits in the beautiful city of Peterborough!

There will be an election to the vacant position of Equity Officer at our November 27th General Members Meeting [GMM]. Any member can run for the position. Please send nominations (you can nominate yourself as well!) and/or inquiries to cupe4207@brocku.ca. You can nominate a member or yourself directly at the GMM.

This is an Executive Committee position subject to monthly stipend. All elected positions in our local expire on April 30 each year. General elections into all positions are held at our Annual General Members meeting [AGM] in April (date/location TBD ).

Here is the list of duties related to the position as per our bylaws:

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