OMERS: No Backroom Governance Changes!

Members, this affects your future. Take action!

Send OMERS a Message: No Backroom Governance Changes!

On Nov. 14th, OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board plans to vote on a series of by-law changes that will fundamentally change the governance of OMERS, weakening the voices of workers and their unions.

Only a simple majority vote (50%+1) is required to pass these changes.

If this vote goes ahead on November 14th and the governance changes pass, it will make it easier for OMERS to cut benefits like pension inflation protection (indexing) and early retirement. Last year, some at the OMERS SC Board failed in their attempt to reduce benefits and now seem to be trying to sneak through fundamental changes to how OMERS works so that they can cut our pensions in the future.

CUPE Ontario is asking you to take action to protect our collective representation at OMERS. Go to https://cupe.on.ca/stopomerschanges/ to send a letter to the OMERS SC Board telling them to defer and/or defeat these proposals;

OMERS plan members and their unions deserve to be heard—it’s our pension and it’s our right to real representation. CUPE Ontario will be taking all actions necessary to protect our rights at OMERS and the plan benefits OMERS member rely on for their retirements. If we stand united, we can defeat this attack.

Send OMERS a message: no backroom governance changes!

Bill 124: Bad For You, Bad For Our Communities

Bill 124 is an attack on front-line public workers and our communities. It blames workers for Ontario’s deficit and limits workers’ wages to below inflation even as the Ford Government hands out tax breaks to profitable corporations and the wealthy 1%.

If passed, Bill 124 would:
Strip workers of their Charter-protected right to collective bargaining, free of interference.
Force front-line public sector workers to accept contracts that don’t keep pace with inflation.
Take money from the wallets of front-line workers that would have been spent in our communities and continue to give the Ford Conservatives’ wealthy supporters tax cuts.
Set the stage for even MORE attacks on public services and working people, in both the public and private sector.

Send a message to your Local MPP; tell them you’re AGAINST Bill 124, and that you want them to vote ‘NO’ when it comes to a vote.

Together, let’s choose communities, not cuts!

Be Careful Filling Out OMERS Survey

CUPE LOCAL 1882
Be Careful Filling Out OMERS Survey

CUPE Ontario would like to draw your attention to the OMERS Member Engagement Survey that OMERS emailed out last week.

CUPE Ontario has some serious concerns with the survey design, such as overly restrictive response options, which we will be communicating to OMERS. We are also troubled that some of the questions appear to address pension plan design rather than administrative concerns and members’ experiences.

In our view, the OMERS Sponsors Corporation—where unions and employers collectively make decisions about the OMERS plan design—is the proper forum to discuss plan design (i.e. benefit and contribution) issues.

We are also aware that OMERS and/or employers may try to use the data gathered from this flawed survey to justify their ongoing push for cuts to your pension. It was only last year that we defeated yet another effort to remove guaranteed indexation (i.e. cost-of-living increases) from OMERS pensions. We expect these efforts to continue and we will continue to fight for our members’ best interests.

Despite these concerns, we are urging CUPE-represented OMERS members to complete this survey and to voice their opinions.

We would draw your attention to the “Two things I like most about my OMERS pension” question (towards the end of the survey). One potential answer to this question is “My OMERS pension protects me against cost-of-living increases.”

There are also open-ended sections where members can tell OMERS what they have told CUPE for years: the secure, defined benefit nature of OMERS and the fact that the plan is fully protected from inflation with guaranteed cost-of-living increases are incredibly important to hard-working CUPE members.

You can take the survey by following this link.
https://www.omers.com/survey

special location and time: Membership Meeting

Dear Member,

Considering the potential for Amalgamation, we are working to ensure that all of our members are in good standing and therefore…
It’s time to get Carded!

Every member of CUPE Local 1882 must complete the following 4 steps moving forward

Process of becoming a member in good standing:
• A Member must fill out and sign a blue card, then signed by a steward or an executive officer
• A Member must pay an initiation fee (our local is keeping it at the lowest amount of $1.00)
• Membership must approve the application at a General Membership meeting
• A Member must take oath of membership given by a steward or executive officer

With these steps you will be a member in good standing.

Come to this important membership meeting to complete the four (4) steps outlined above to become a member in good standing.

When: Tues, Sept. 10, 2019, 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Where: Ballantyne Hall (use Cambridge St entrance across from City Hall), Wesley United Church 6 Cambridge St, Cambridge, ON N1R 3R6

Pizza served for lunch!

Help us to complete the steps for you to be a member in good standing. Our local runs on the involvement and support of its members; our system is democratic and your participation matters!

We look forward to seeing you out and engaging with your union.
In solidarity,
Your CUPE Local 1882 Executive

Welcome our newest 1882 executive member!

Craig Murray is Local 1882’s Sergeant at Arms (SAA). The SAA plays a vital role as to how our local is prepared for various meetings and activities. They welcome members and guests, make certain parliamentary procedures are followed such as ensuring bylaws & traditions are respected, provide support to the President by making sure she has all materials needed before the meeting, call the meeting to order and adjourn all meetings.

Get Involved!

Inside workers – we work for you!

There are many ways you can get involved.  Be on the executive team as a Member at Large or Sergeant at Arms, or be on a planning committee – from upcoming events, to research, to employee group opportunities.

Interested?  Come to your next general membership meeting (the second Tues of each month – Young Room, Cambridge City Hall), or email a member of the 1882 executive.

However you choose to get involved, together we are stronger and we will make a difference!

1882 union executive election: Tues. Oct . 9, 4:45 pm

Our President’s term is done! Thank you Warren Shaw and 1882 Executive for guiding us through our last Labour dispute and negotiating our current Collective Agreement.

As unionized workers, we benefit from the work of those who went before us – our wages, benefits, and rights were won at the bargaining table. They were not “given” to us.
We owe a lot to the members of the union who preceded us. We have come a long way! But our day-to-day experiences show that we have further to go. We not only need to defend our legacy, but we must build on it too.
The more we support each other the more successful we will be.

Join us as we chose our new 1882 Union Leaders – elect your new executive to lead us in the next round of negotiations and say farewell to Warren Shaw and his team!

  • when: Tues. Oct 9, 2018. 4:45 pm – 6 pm
  • where: Young Room, 2nd Fl. City Hall
  • who: all City of Cambridge Local 1882 inside workers