May 20, 2020 – CUPE UPDATE RE: OMERS

For the 3rd time in 4 years, OMERS is pushing a proposal to eliminate guaranteed indexing which, if passed, could allow inflation to erode the value of our pension.

The OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board of Directors is barging ahead during a pandemic with a vote to eliminate guaranteed indexing on June 24th, a plan that has already been rejected twice. This, despite tens of thousands of us already demanding that they postpone the vote until after the COVID-19 crisis.

Will you add your name to defend guaranteed indexing and a dignified retirement for all?

The OMERS SC Board of Directors is made up of 50% Worker Representatives and 50% Employer Representatives. The proposal to eliminate our guaranteed indexing requires a two-thirds vote to pass. We know the Employer Representatives have been pushing this for years.

If Worker Representatives stand united, we will defeat this harmful proposal and defend our guaranteed indexing. We know we can count on the CUPE Ontario, CUPE Local 79 and OPSEU Representatives to vote NO – but that won’t be enough.

It’s important that the Board Members hear from the workers that they represent. We need to speak out and tell them to stand united and vote NO to eliminating our guaranteed indexing.

If it passes, this proposal will eliminate an important and valuable pension benefit for OMERS members. It will mean OMERS members, particularly younger workers, will have less valuable, and less secure pensions in retirement.

To understand just how bad “Shared Risk Indexing” really is, CUPE Ontario has developed a Frequently Asked Questions which can be found by clicking here.

In solidarity,

CUPE Ontario

Tell the OMERS Board: VOTE NO to eliminating guaranteed indexing

March 14, 2020
We are currently working on a COVID-19 information page on the website. All updates will be posted there along with links to resources from other government agencies.


Members are advised to continue to check the Questions and Answers that have been posted on the Portico site. As this situation is constantly changing, the information will be updated.

  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Cough and sneeze into your arms

For further tips and information visit the Halton Health Department  COVID-19 page.

Halton Region – Health Department Message from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health.

January 30, 2020

Payroll information RE: 2019 – 2023 Collective Agreement

Full time members:

  • On pay day Feb 14 , 1329 FT members will see their salary paid at the Feb 16, 2019 rate of pay PLUS they will receive retro pay for the period of Feb 16, 2019 all the way to Feb 1, 2020. Retro will be paid on all regular type earnings and OT.
  • Retro is only paid up to Feb 1, 2020 since the correct Feb 2019 rate is in effect for the period Feb 2 to Feb 15,2020
  • On pay day Feb 28 , 1329 FT members will see their new salary paid based on the rate change effective Feb 16, 2020. No retro applies here.

Temporary members:

  • On pay day Feb 14, 1329 Temp members will see their new hourly rate based on the Feb 16, 2019 rate plus they will receive retro pay for the period Feb 16, 2019 to Jan 25, 2020. Feb 14 pay day pays the two period from Jan 26 to Feb 8 and these hours will be paid at the Feb 2019 rate. Retro will be paid on all regular type earnings and OT.
  • On pay day Feb 28, 1329 Temp members will see their new hourly rate based on the Feb 2020 rate. No retro applies here.

Retired members:

  • Retro pay will be calculated and paid out on Feb 14, 2020 via direct deposit based on their earnings between Feb 16, 2019 and Feb 15, 2020. Pay stubs will be mailed out. T4s will be issued in Feb 2021 that reflect this payment made in 2020
  • Retro pay will be reported to Omers and pension values will be recalculated and appropriately adjusted. Please allow time for the Town and Omers to administer.

Terminated members:

  • Retro pay will be calculated and paid out on Feb 14, 2020 via direct deposit based on their earnings between Feb 16, 2019 and Feb 15, 2020. Pay stubs will be mailed out. T4s will be issued in Feb 2021 that reflect this payment made in 2020

Should you have any questions regarding your pay, please direct them to the payroll department.

January 27, 2020

The 2019 – 2023 collective agreement was ratified at the council meeting this evening.  Copies of the collective agreement will be available shortly.  The collective agreement will also be posted on the website.

Vacations for 2020:   The 2020 Town Hall schedule will be as follows:



Thursday, December 24, 2020 Half day closure commencing at 12:00 noon – as per Collective Agreement
Friday, December 25, 2020 Closed – observe Christmas Day – Statutory Holiday
Monday, December 28, 2020 Closed – observe Boxing Day – Statutory Holiday
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Closed – Town Hall holiday closure – staff must take vacation/lieu/unpaid (3 days), as per Collective Agreement
Friday January 1, 2021 Closed – observe New Year’s Day – Statutory Holiday
Monday, January 4, 2021 Open – regular working day
January 20, 2020

On Friday January 17, 2020, members of Local 1329 held a Special Meeting to ratify the tentative agreement and voted in favour of the agreement.
The agreement now goes to Town Council for review and approval.
All union members will be notified when copies of the agreement will be available. A copy of the agreement will also be posted on the website.

If you were not at the meeting and would like a copy of the handout, please email or visit Laura Brown.

January 10, 2020


The meeting that was scheduled for January 10, 2020 has been rescheduled to:

Date:  Friday January 17, 2020

Location: 475 North Service Road – Galaxy Club – Unifor 707 Union Hall

Time: 5:30 p.m.

All CUPE 1329 members are encouraged to make every effort to attend.



January 9, 2020

NOTICE:  The Special Meeting scheduled for January 10, 2020 has been cancelled.  More information will be posted here shortly, once it becomes available.

January 7, 2020

Today, CUPE 1329 members held an information rally outside town hall between 11.30am – 1.30pm. There was a large local turn out along with members from other locals!

Inside Halton

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Dec 18, 2019


January 6th  2020

Our negotiation and strike aversion teams will convene and discuss how we move forward.

January 7th 2020  – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We will be holding an information rally between the 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. lunch break. The rally will take place on the corners of Trafalgar Rd and McCraney St.  We request that ALL Union Members make every effort to join the rally.  We will have signs already made, informing the public of the issues we are facing.  You will be required to use your lunchtime break to attend and it will be off town property.

Your participation at this rally is critical! It is vital that we show the employer that we are mobilized and standing together in solidarity.  You are worth it! We need to show everyone—the Employer and members of the public—that we are the ones who make Oakville the most livable town in Canada and that we DO MATTER!

We chose this idea so that we can inform our residents, businesses, and media that the town are not willing participants in bargaining.  We also chose this to show management that as we enter into conciliation on the 8th and 9th of January 2020, our membership are united and that we are prepared to stand together until a new contract is signed.

As a negotiation team we have been working hard on achieving this new contract, however, we are in a place that we need your support.  We need your strength.  We need to show them that we are determined to strike a deal and move forward.

Please come out. Stand with your coworkers, and stand up for yourselves.!

January 8th 2020

Conciliation date.

January 9th 2020

Conciliation date.


Special general membership meeting to be held at:

Holy Trinity Croatian Church

2110 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, ON L6H 7H2

5:30 p.m

Agenda: Negotiations

I am always ready and available to answer your questions and hear your thoughts and opinions.  Please feel free to contact me, 

Let’s show management that we are strong and together.

In Solidarity,

Stephen Dingwall, President

Nov 29, 2019

Negotiations Update Re: Conciliation

Our next negotiations date January 8 and January 9, 2020.

Oct 30, 2019

Negotiations Update Re: Conciliation

Our next negotiations date is Friday November 29, 2019.

We are working on scheduling more dates.

Oct 10, 2019

Negotiations Update Re: Conciliation

A conciliator has been appointed by the Ministry of Labour.  We are now waiting on coordination of schedules.  Once dates have been arranged, they will be posted under “Upcoming Events”.


Oct 9, 2019

Urgent Memo from CUPE RE: OMERS Survey

Please read an urgent memo from CUPE Ontario regarding OMERS’ member engagement survey.

Special Meeting Notice

Re: Negotiations

Date: Monday September 30, 2019

Location: Holiday Inn – 590 Argus Rd – Argus Room

Time: 5:15 pm

All members are encouraged to attend.

Communities, Not Cuts!

The Ford Conservatives have launched an all-out attack on our public services and the workers who provide them. Every community, every type of work we do, every service we rely on in our communities is threatened.

Today we launch our campaign to fight back—Communities, Not Cuts! Visit to send the Ford Conservatives and your MPP a message.

In solidarity,

Fred Hahn
President of CUPE Ontario

Labour Day 2019

On Monday, September 2 CUPE Ontario members will take part in Labour Day events in communities across the province.

The annual celebration has its roots in the labour movement’s fight for an eight-hour work day and celebrates the many gains unions have struggled for on behalf of all workers, including health and safety regulations, parental leave, better wages, pay equity laws, and same-sex spousal benefits.

Join your fellow unionists at the Labour Day event in your area. 

Negotiations Update – Aug 7, 2019

Negotiations between the local and the corporation are currently on hold.  Our next scheduled dates are September 27, 2019 & September 30, 2019. We will update the site if there are any changes.

Strike Confidence Vote

Date: Wednesday June 5, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Trinity Croatian Parish – 2110 Trafalgar Road (Trafalgar & River Oaks):

Holy Trinity Croatian Parish

  • Put this date in your calendar.
  • Bring a pen!
  • As per our local by-laws, notice of all meetings must be made available two (2) weeks prior to the meeting date, to give the opportunity for members to make necessary arrangements.
  • For union members who are scheduled to work, please speak with your Supervisor or Manager to make arrangements to attend.
  • Only members who have completed their probation can attend and vote.
  • There will be no in and out privileges, those who are attending must remain until the results have been finalized and announced.
  • Doors will close at 5:00 p.m.


May 15, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. Council Chambers

To view the summary from the meeting click CUPE G-Meeting May 14 – Summary

To view the handout that was provided to members click CUPE Powerpoint Handout


April 2, 2019

Amalgamation – this is a hot topic that if passed could effect us all, even if you don’t live in the area(s) that are being reviewed.

Please take a moment and complete the survey and voice your concerns and share your comments about this proposal.

For those who may not be aware, the Ontario Government is looking at amalgamating or “reviewing”  several regional governments.  This amalgamation review has happened in the past and we saw municipalities in and around Toronto (Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York etc) became the City of Toronto. At the same time,  Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Dundas, all merged with City of Hamilton.  The focus today is on, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington and Oakville, potentially creating the City of Halton. Other regions such has Durham, Niagara and communities in the north are also being reviewed.

To voice your concerns, and to complete the survey please click on this link Ontario Government NewsRoom – Amalgamation Survey


OMERS – Upcoming Annual General Meeting open to all members of the pension plan.  Visit the new OMERS page under “Resources” for more information and to register.


Wed. March 27, 2019 – 4:45 p.m. Oakville Room

Please bring a pen with you.

February, 2019

Negotiations are scheduled to begin on April 9, 2019.

December 7, 2018

By- Election Results

President – Stephen Dingwall – Acclaimed

Steward – Marny Sharpen – Acclaimed


December 7, 2018 – Survey Closed.

Gift Card Survey – Coming to your inbox!

In the past, your executive purchased gift cards for all members of the local.
With contract negotiations coming up in the new year, it is anticipated the costs could be higher and longer than normal.
Should your executive purchase gift cards this year?  We need you to participate and give us feedback on this matter.
It is a quick survey, will take less than two minutes!

Upcoming Negotiations – February 2019 –

REMINDER:  Please take the time and complete the “We need your opinion” survey. This will assist your bargaining team. The survey is DUE: November 30, 2018

The email below was sent to the membership on November 7, 2018. 

Your executive sent out the “We need your opinion” survey today, for the upcoming negotiations.
We have received the following messages from the membership:
  • I got the survey in my Junk/Spam folder.
  • I did not get the survey
If you are using your email address,  it may take a little longer for some to receive OR it may have been directed to one of the folders mentioned above. Please check those folders.
If you don’t receive the survey by November 13, 2018, please reply to this email.
It is important that all members receive and provide feedback/respond to the survey, as it will assist the bargaining team.
 Is there a survey response due date? Not, at this time. We will send out an email and update the website when the survey is due.


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