Welcome to CUPE Local 5500

LOCAL 5500 EXEUTIVE BOARD NOMINATIONS/ELECTIONS

1)            Nominations will be open as of Thursday November 26, 2020 at 00:00:01hrs to Sunday November 29th, 2020 until 23:59:hrs

2)            Open Executive Board positions; President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Secretary Treasurer. In addition, all three Chief Steward Positions will also be required to be filled Fleet/Maintenance, Transportation and Special Constable Unit (only those members in each certification will have the ability to vote for their Chief Steward). Finally, one position of Trustee will also be open (three-year term).

3)            A member who wishes to nominate a CUPE 5500 for a position and or positions must email the Chief Electoral Officer Denis Lamarre denislamarre64@hotmail.com AND National Rep Drew Haughton dhaughton@cupe.ca and C.C. the member that you are nominating. The nominator must reply ALL to accept the nomination.

4)            A General Membership Meeting will be taking place on Tuesday December 1st at 11;00hrs and 19;00hrs via ZOOM. We will be announcing at both meetings the list of candidates which have been nominated for each position. Members will also have the opportunity to nominate a member at either meeting on December 1st .

Please email any questions to the Chief Electoral Officer as well as the National Rep. The Electoral Committee will provide you an answer at their earliest convenience.

NOTE: Detailed instructions will be distributed once the Elections Committee confirms the election date which is expected on Thursday December 10th , 2020. Those elected except for the Trustee position will be in effect from Jan. 2021 – Dec. 2022.

In Solidarity,

 

CUPE 5500 represents over 210 members. The local is comprised of OC Transpo supervisors and support staff in Fleet & Facilities Maintenance, Transportation, and Transit Law Enforcement. We proudly keep Ottawa’s public transit running, and we keep it safe.

 

This is your executive:

President: Luc Cyr

Vice-President:  Charles Momy

Recording Secretary: Niranjan Noorhasan 

Secretary Treasurer: Dan Seguin

Chief Stewards:

  • Transit Law Enforcement – Dan Faust
  • Transit Fleet & Facilities Maintenance – Dave Johnson
  • Transportation – Anshul Chaudhary

Shop Stewards:

  • Chris Weeks
  • George Wynia
  • Shawn Carnegie
  • Eric Bellanger

 

Unions serve four absolutely essential functions in our society.

  1. Gains for workers through collective bargaining

The primary function of unions is to unite workers and give them the strength together that they would not have facing their employer alone. Through collective bargaining, workers negotiate better working conditions, wages and benefits. Collective bargaining works!

Through collective bargaining we get results for workers:

  • Decent wages
  • Safer working conditions
  • Health, dental and vision benefits
  • Protection from harassment
  • Parental leave top-up
  • Elder care and bereavement leave
  • Pension and retirement benefits
  • Long-term disability
  • Vacation above the minimum
  • Sick leave
  1. Gains that benefit all workers

The positive impact of unions is felt by more than just union members. By opposing the erosion of rights and fighting for better labour laws, unions improve the working conditions of non-unionized workers as well. Everybody benefits.

Every gain that unions make raises standards for all workers. New gains happen every day:

  • Health and safety laws
  • Parental leave
  • Basic employment standards
  • Pay equity
  • Same-sex benefits
  • The 8-hour day and the weekend
  • Minimum wages
  • Vacation standards and statutory holidays
  • Anti-harassment laws
  • A voice in your workplace
  1. Helping to build a more just society

Unions also advance the values of ​​change, social progress and economic fairness. Unions contribute to a more just and inclusive economy, and a stronger middle class. They also protect and promote quality services for everyone.

Unions advocate for new and better services for all:

  • The Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security
  • Human rights laws
  • Quality public services like education, health care, and child care
  • Services in support of healthy communities like waste management, clean water, public health and social services
  • Employment insurance and other supports for workers
  1. Fighting setbacks to democracy and solidarity

Today, our social progress and economic fairness are seriously threatened. Many governments are attacking the ability of unions to organize and represent their members, and to support broader issues of democracy and social justice.

Some politicians want to undermine your ability to bargain collectively by taking away your union’s right to collect dues from all members, or by stopping us from taking political action. Our action helps create laws that benefit working people, and if the politicians succeed, everyone will be worse off.

For all these reasons, the Unite for Fairness project is one of CUPE’s top priorities for the coming years.

Source: CUPE.Ontario