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July 1, 2021

Business Agent Employment Opportunity

Cupe Local 474 is hiring a Business Agent.  This position will require the chosen candidate to provide member representation at:

  • Return to work meetings with awareness of duty to accommodate legislation.
  • Discipline meetings with knowledge of Arbitration Trends in Alberta, as well as have the knowledge to provide members information in regards to rights, obligations and conduct in the workplace.
  • Investigation meetings.
  • Joint committee meetings with any of the 6 CUPE 474 Employers.

The chosen candidate will:

  • Work with Grievance Committee providing training and support, preparing grievance documents and investigating violations of the collective agreements.
  • Work with Grievance Committee to provide training towards complete knowledge and understanding of all Local 474 Collective Agreements, labour law, the Labour Code, and labour standards.
  • Work with all Bargaining Units Negotiating Committees in their collective bargaining process.
  • Work with the Treasurer to provide training and support facilitating member approved disbursements of the member’s funds.
  • Assist with maintaining proper financial documentation and records.
  • Provide members information and support with Workers Compensation Board claims and appeals.
  • Provide members information and support with Alberta School Employee Benefits claims and appeals.
  • Attend training, conventions, and conferences as directed to facilitate the ability to represent members.
  • Be present at Executive Officers meetings with voice but no vote
  • Perform clerical duties when required, for example; answering telephone inquiries, Canada Post mail distribution, filing documents and letters, and crafting of professional letters for membership and the Union.

Desired attributes and qualifications: Leadership, dedication, integrity, independent work skills, excellent verbal and written skills, complete knowledge and understanding of all Local 474 Collective Agreements, knowledge of labour law, knowledge of Edmonton Public Schools, Operation Friendship Senior Society, Salvation Army Edmonton Centre of Hope, Public Interest Alberta, Friends of Medicare and Alberta Workers Health Centre policies as well as thorough knowledge of Employment Standards, OHS regulations, Personal Information and Protection Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Alberta Human Rights Act and Labour Relation Code.  Ability to work with Microsoft Word and Excel is desired.

Desired Education: CUPE Steward Learning Series or equivalent, Financial Officers Training, Duty to Accommodate, Bargaining, WCB Advocacy.

Compensation:

  • This will be a one year term position from July 1 to June 30 of each year.
  • There will be a review and option of renewal of the position by the Executive Officers of CUPE 474 before April 30 of each year.
  • The hours of work shall be from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM from Monday to Friday.
  • Wages will be $43.70 per hour (at Grade 4 step 4 of the EPS Exempt non-Management Salary Grid) with Vacation and Sick Leave Accrual, benefits and increases in accordance with EPSB Collective Agreement.
  • There will be a monthly travel allowance paid of up to $300 to the Business Agent in recognition of the need to travel and meet members off site.
  • There will be no overtime associated with this position
  • Out of pocket expenses and perdiems (with the exception of in-town mileage) will be paid in accordance with CUPE Local 474 Bylaws

Send resume and cover letter by email to barry.benoit@cupe474.com Attention: Business Agent by 4 PM Friday July 30, 2021.  Candidates selected for an interview will be notified,

 

 

May 26, 2021

Greetings Friends, Sisters, and Brothers,

Elections 2021

Covid – 19 has changed the way many organizations operate and CUPE 474 is no different. Our work has changed because of the virus, but our work to stay transparent with good governance has not.
In terms of our Local’s annual elections, The CUPE 474 Executive Board has determined a method to have elections that are as close to the current bylaws as we can achieve, and is the most fair and efficient way to conduct these necessary elections using in person voting while we are all practicing the precautions around preventing the spread of the virus. This method will ensure that only initiated members can vote and that this vote will be done in person at the CUPE 474 office.
The Local will conduct one election each week throughout the summer, beginning on Saturday, June 12, 2021 where the office will be open to members from 7 AM to 7 PM to allow 12 hours of time to come and vote.  After the initial Saturday vote for President, Elections for each subsequent position will occur each Friday, where the office will be open to members from 7 AM to 7 PM each day to allow 12 hours of time to come and vote.
There are details below on which position will be up, and how to become nominated, who can be eligible to run for office, how to determine who is nominated, and how the information regarding the successful candidate will be communicated. Please contact the office if more information is required.
Eligibility for Office
Our bylaws statement on eligibly for a member to run for office:
In order to be eligible as an Executive Officer of the Local
(President, Executive Vice-President, Member Liaison, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Chief Shop Steward), a candidate must have been a member in continuous good standing for not less than one year prior to being elected and have attended a minimum of fifty per cent (50%) of the General Membership meetings, prior to the June General Membership meeting.
In order to be eligible for any other position, like one of the executive board members or trustee in this year’s case, the only requirement is that a candidate is a member in good standing, for not less than one year prior to being elected. (General Vice Presidents must also be employed within their bargaining unit)
Nominations, Ties, and Scrutineers
Nominations would open for all open positions (listed below) on June 9 and would have to be submitted to the office electronically;
• The office would contact those that are nominated and ask if they want their name to stand and then confirm if they meet the election criteria for the position they are nominated for.
• A list of Nominated peoples’ names would be on the website and on Facebook. You would also see the nominees’ names when you came to the office to vote.
• Results of elections would be published on the website and on Facebook page by the Tuesday after each election.
• If there is a tie vote for any position, we would have no other option other than to have another election for that position, on a different day that has yet to be determined.
• You do not have to be in town to be nominated, however, you do have to be in town (in person) to vote.
• Nominated candidates that request a scrutineer would have to contact the office so that this could be arranged.
Elections Procedures for each position as follows;
President
Nominations by Wednesday June 9 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates’ names will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday June 9 on CUPE Local 474 website and the CUPE 474 Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.
Saturday, June 12-7am-7pm-President election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them, and then Results will be posted by Tuesday June 15 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page.
Recording Secretary
Nominations by Wednesday June 16 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday June 16 on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.
Friday, June 18-7am-7pm-Recording Secretary election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them and then Results will be posted by Tuesday June 22 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page.
Member Liaison
Nominations by Wednesday June 23 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday June 23 on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.
Friday, June 25-7am-7pm-Member Liaison election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them and then Results will be posted by Tuesday June 29 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page.
Vacant Table Officer position (if needed) Friday July 2
Vacant Table Officer position (if needed) Friday July 9
General Vice Presidents, (3 positions; SA, OFSS, EPSB)
Nominations for by Wednesday July 14 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday July 14 on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page
Friday, July 16-7am-7pm-General Vice Presidents (SA, OFSS, EPSB) election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them and then Results will be posted by Tuesday July 20 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.
Social Convenor
Nominations by Wednesday July 21 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday July 21 on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.
Friday, July 23-7am-7pm-Social Convenor election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them and then Results will be posted by Tuesday July 27 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page.
Executive Board Member (3 positions)
Nominations for by Wednesday July 28 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday July 28 on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page
Friday, July 30–7am-7pm-Executive Board Member positions (3 positions) election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them and then Results will be posted by Tuesday August 3 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.
Trustee 3 year
Nominations for by Wednesday August 4 at 3 pm and must be sent to admin@cupe474.com by the above deadline. The email nomination must include:
• Full name of the member that is nominating.
• Full name of member being nominated.
• Position or positions that the member is nominated for.
Candidates will be posted by 4 pm on Wednesday August 4 on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page
Friday, August 6-7am-7pm-Trustee 3 year term election at CUPE Local 474 office (10989-124 Street)
Ballots sealed until the National Representative can come to the office to count them and then Results will be posted by Tuesday August 10 at 12:00 Noon on CUPE Local 474 website and Facebook page. The CUPE 474 Facebook page will not be used to promote any candidate, personal campaign info posted will be removed.

Your Executive are advocating for more supports from our Government to support your work as safely as possible.   We are not alone in this work, we are in this struggle together with CUPE AB Division, CUPE National, as well as the Alberta Federation of Labour.

The Union is you, and all your brothers sisters and friends working together in solidarity to face our challenges.  If you need support, we will provide it.

We ask our members to keep their guard up against this virus and to continue to provide the great public services that we provide.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your office.

Please take a look at our new Publication:

CUPE 474 Bulletin

 

CUPE Local 474 is comprised of Edmonton Public School Custodial Workers, Operation Friendship Senior Society Workers, Salvation Army Addictions and Residential Centre Workers, Alberta Workers Health Centre Workers, Public Interest Alberta Workers and Friends of Medicare Workers.

Cupe Local 474 will bargain and negotiate with our employers for and on behalf of all employees under the Union’s jurisdiction so that we secure the best possible pay, benefits, working conditions, job security, pensions and retiree benefits for our members..