U of T has made the decision to hire contract workers. But they also had the choice to hire CUPE 3261 concierges. COVID-19 was heralded as a pandemic in early March 2020 and the university has had enough time to recruit more caregivers pending reopening in September. Instead, they ressigned cupe temporary workers` contracts and moved permanent janitors from 18 buildings. In the event of a change of company, U of T has the possibility to recruit CUPE 3261 “Term” employees, who can work for up to two years and enjoy many of the same protections as their permanent colleagues. They can also hire “temporary” employees for up to 120 days, who are excluded from many benefits of the collective agreement, but who nevertheless have decent wages, strong union representation and a preference to apply for tenure. However, if their employment exceeds 120 days, these employees receive all benefits covered by the collective agreement. While CUPE National recommends that we order food at events to promote member participation and friendliness, we cannot distribute gifts to members who use union dues. The main purpose of union dues is to promote our collective union work: to improve our working conditions and lives and to ensure that the employer respects our rights at work. I thank everyone who came to our meetings last Friday and voted on the interim agreement for the full-time and part-time bargaining unit.
The agreement is in effect until June 30, 2021, when we will resume negotiations on a new collective agreement. There will be three online meetings and members will be able to participate. The meetings will take place: 12:00-14:00, 17:00-19:00 and 22:00-12:00. Anyone attending a meeting will then receive a link through which they can vote online for the provisional agreement. A brief summary bulletin of the provisional agreement (signed in the form of a settlement protocol) is now available. . . .