Retro Payment Update

We have been advised that Payroll is actively working on retro pay for members. Although we had previously been advised it may appear on a May paycheque, it does not appear as though this is happening. We ask that you are patient with the process. As more information becomes available, we will share it with you.

Collective Agreement Language re: Expression of Interest

There have been some questions from members about the wording in the new Collective Agreement eff. July 1, 2016 regarding expressions of interest and commitment clauses. As the new agreement is not yet printed/available, below is the language from the Collective Agreement that speaks to this.

If after reading below, you still have questions, please e-mail our Grievance Chair to review.


9.05 b) It is agreed that successful applicants of the job bidding procedure who apply for a permanent posted position or expression of interest within eight (8) months of the employee’s start date in their existing position may be considered at the employer’s option.

It is agreed that successful applicants of the job bidding procedure who apply for a temporary posted position or expression of interest within twelve (12) months of the employee’s start date in their existing position may be considered at the employer’s option. 


Agenda for May

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM

CUPE Local 1883 Hall   –451 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener
 Snacks and Drinks provided at 5:00 PM.

1.       Roll Call of Officers

2.       Minutes of Previous Meetings

       a.       January General Membership Meeting

       b.      Special Meeting: Ratification Vote

       c.       February General Membership Meeting

3.       Business Arising from Minutes

4.       Communications

5.       Unfinished Business

6.       New Business

7.    Appeals

8.     Nominations
        Nominations will be accepted for the position of Treasurer.
Nominations will be accepted for the Social Committee.

9.     Adjournment

Please do not wear fragrances to the meeting: we have members with severe fragrance sensitivities. Reasonable child care expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of a receipt and expense sheet.

Solidarity for Local 2073

Since March 6, the 227 members of CUPE 2073 have been on strike against their employer, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS). The members have been without a contract for more than four years!

Every day CHS refuses to negotiate a fair contract is another day CHS is depriving the Deaf, Oral Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing communities of vital publicly-funded services.

Local 2073’s Waterloo group would also greatly appreciate your support! Their picket line is located at Eastwood Square, 120 Ottawa Street North, Kitchener. Come out and support the Kitchener-Waterloo Canadian Hearing Society workers, they picket until 1:00pm each day.

Local 2073 is also requesting financial support. If you are able to do so, please send a financial donation to:

CUPE Local 2073 – Strike Fund
c/o CUPE London Area Office
101-350 Oxford Street W
London, ON
N6H 1T3

Seniority List

The newly updated (as of March 1, 2017) CUPE 1883 Seniority List has been posted on the Portal and Union Boards. Please review it to ensure your seniority is captured correctly.

As per Article 8.02, employees will have until May 17, 2017 to notify the Commissioner, Human Resources and Citizen Services or designate, in writing of any errors, changes or additions, noted since the previously posted list.

Notice of Nominations

The position of CUPE Local 1883 Treasurer has been vacated.

At our next General Membership Meeting being held on April 19, 2017, we will be receiving nominations for the position to be followed by an election at our May 17, 2017 General Membership Meeting.

Possible Strike Action – Unifor Local 4304

As all CUPE 1883 members were notified of on March 15, 2017, Unifor Local 4304 is in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. The Employer is also in a position to lockout the members as of the same deadline.

CUPE Local 1883 respects Unifor Local 4303’s right to strike. Those members on the picket line may delay entrance to buildings, as is their right to do so. Please be respectful and patient if this happens to you. CUPE Local 1883 members are still required and expected to attend their work location at their regular start time. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. If you are finding that you are being delayed at a picket line, connect with your supervisor as soon as possible. Please ensure you have alternate means of transportation should there be strike action or a lockout on March 20, as if either occurs – Grand River Transit buses will not be operating and as a result, there may be a long wait for taxi service. In order to enter your work location, you may have to cross a UNIFOR picket line. Please remember to be respectful to members who may be picketing.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our website and social media to ensure CUPE members are aware of the status of UNIFOR Local 4304 negotiations and the resulting potential impact to work locations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Executive to review