| 04-02-2024

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Local Dispatch (24/04/02)

Friends and comrades,
In this week's dispatch, we'll be covering an upcoming barbecue being hosted by the Social Committee, the April GMM, the Executive Election, the next Social Committee meeting, the Welcome to CUPW course, and the most recent negotiations update.
Kyle Turner, Communications Officer
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The Social Committee is hosting a barbecue at our union office (18121 107 Ave NW) on Saturday, April 6th from 11 am until 4 pm.
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April GMM
Our next GMM will be happening April 6th at 6 pm. If you wish to attend online, you must register to do so by April 5th at noon. For more information, please see the website post HERE.
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Executive Election
There is one more chance to vote in the Executive Election, from 11 am until 5 pm on April 6th. Work facilities that have received mail-in ballots (outside of Edmonton, St. Albert, and Sherwood Park) must have their ballots returned (following the instructions) by April 5th.
To view candidates' campaign materials, click HERE.
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Social Committee Meeting
The Social Committee is having a meeting on April 6th at 5 pm at the union office. The Social Committee is open to all members in good standing. If you're wondering why there is no softball tournament, this is the Committee to get involved with in order to make that tournament happen!
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Welcome to CUPW Course
The Welcome to CUPW course will be happening on April 13th at the Coast Nisku Inn & Conference Centre (1101 4 St, Nisku, AB) from 9 am to 4 pm. In this course, you can learn why we pay union dues and where that money goes, but also how to get involved and how to change things.
If you would like to attend this course, you can notify the Education Officer at educate730@gmail.com.
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Negotiations Update (March 28th, 2024)
The most recent negotiations update focuses on the cost of living crisis and inflation hitting a 40-year high. Our negotiators have also sent CPC a loud message saying we demand to make up for the buying power we've lost since 2021.
What does this look like? A wage increase of 12.65% in the first year and 4.5% in the second year for both Urban and RSMC members. There is also the demand to close the wage gap created by the two-tier wage system. For Urban members, this demand involves removing the lowest two increments of the wage chart and raising the starting rate from 75% to 85% of the top wage. For Groups 3 and 4, this looks like a $1.50 trades market adjustment for all classifications before the other increases are applied to the hourly rate.
For RSMCs, the demand is to let OCREs move up the pay scale in the same way that Urban temporary workers can. To read the complete bulletin, please click HERE.
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  • Strike Merchandise Graphic Design Contest: Please click HERE for details.
  • Picket Captains: If you are interested in becoming a picket captain during a potential strike period, please reach out to the Local office at union@cupwedm.net and include your name and work location.
  • Education Committee Meeting: Education Committee meeting April 2nd at 7 pm via Zoom. Click HERE to attend.
  • Disability Supports: To access the Disability Supports portal, which provides a list of programs and services in your community, click HERE.