Thursday, December 02, 2004


  1. increase tool allowances
  2. From what I understand, seasonal lay off rights is 2 yrs, full time is 12 months? If so full time should be extended to equal.
  3. Re: JJE and when it goes to the Board of Referees.... The board should be given a time frame for the dispute to be heard and a follow up letter should be sent to the JJE members notifying them of the result.
  4. When doing the job of someone else.... Presently speaking, If I did a job for 6 days or more and the pay is greater than my own I receive the difference. If I do a job for 6 days or more and the pay is equal to or less than my own rate of pay I get nothing. This is not fair and would like to see some sort of increase while doing someone else's job.

-Winter Cover-alls
-Allowing seasonals to use sick days as vacation days
-bring back the 12% in lieu of benefits for seasonals
-re-establish the "me to" clause
-allow every employee to submit their own job description detailing their duties for the JJE both full-tome and seasonals
-have a license allowance for drivers that require specialized driver's licenses such as: AZ, CZ, DZ
-establish a winter coat allowece for seasonals
-Allow representation by stewards and or members of the union executive when meetings are required between union members and management at any time during, before and or after his/her shift.

-If staff are required to park at rapidsview and take public access people-movers to their work location they should be paid from the time they step on the people-mover. Staff are expected to provide information and answer questions when they are in the public eye. In effect they are "ON STAGE", and should be paid. If management does not want to provide an employee shuttle, staff should be paid for being "ON STAGE", from the time they step on the public access people-movers.
-Their is a transfer procedure in place for seasonals, their should be one in place for regular (full-time) employees.
-"WORKING FOREMAN", We need to make a point of not allowing this to happen when there are labourers available to do the job. If no labourers are available one should be called in or the work should be left until workers are available to do the job. Only in emergency situations or situations of health and safety should a FOREMAN OR SUPERVISOR be allowed to perform these duties.


August 26/04

Meeting come to order; 39 members attending

Reading of Opseu acceptance of all types and origins of people

Motion to accept agenda, 2nd by Anne Cunningham, Dino McDonnel; agenda accepted

Presidents’ Report: still losing too many employees to excluded positions, excluded personnel still doing union positions

- employees working over 24 hours should be paying union dues, a lot of the people are being paid at the managers’ discretion. These employees not even aware they could be accumulating seniority and acquiring union rights; negotiations on going for exclusion

- how would the union or management track the hours? Would they disclose actual hours to the union? Suggestion to make triplicates of the schedules…

- retiree positions not being filled

Motion(Carolyn Patterson) to accept report/2nd by Anne Cunningham

Vice Presidents’ Report: scheduling re-hashing

- continuance of same old problems

- announcement of web site/page

- meeting with John Kernahan, Jim Williams and Dave Morris. The basic synopsis of this meeting was about the gondola project, the over whelming amount of jobs in the Niagara region during the winter months. The fact the parks does not receive any help from the government, but E.I. pays our wages in the off season. The parks is tired of hearing from these employees and public that the parks is here to employ people; it is a business the commission is not here for employment???

- The re-introduction of apprenticeship programs was mentioned at the above meeting

- Motion to pass Vice presidents report – Dino McDonnell, Byron

- 2nd by Carolyn Patterson

Tresurers’ Report: overview of budget

-send both receipts back to OPSEU for refunds on ratification meetings

ratification meetings $654 halls

mail outs for updates on status of meetings

postage= $1200.00

-parks sent late billings for a couple of the meetings

-union executives to subsidize internet costs

Health and safety WSIB position still vacant, Bill Rudd temp. covering

Motion to educate WSIB/H&S person

Vote to accept report; Ed, Anne Cunningham, Dennis Harris

2nd Jim O’Laughlin, Maureen Deslandes

Trustees election: Sue Longmuir

Colin Mackenzie(declined)

Maureen Ellis

Sue Stoll

2nd this election: Paul Ecker, Dennis Harris, Gary

Results: Sue Longmuir, Sue Stoll -trustees-

Eddie and Penny to destroy ballots

Update New Business

Go through new contract before signing

Sept. 8th meeting date

Benefit rebate sent to OPSEU Oct. 31/04 $60,000.00

Chief Stewards Report

Basic review of grievances

New Business

Bill Burns- MPP Kim Craitor supportive of union. Kim to attend future meeting

Fernando Fortino – stewards to keep in touch with employees

- gondola discussion

- monorail advertising @ the maid of the mist information booth

- “legends” only venue to make profit

Dino McDonnell – asked about creating a strike fund for the local

- constitution will be looked at by executive; put it in bulletin to make a vote for this…

- next bulletin for new/old committees(constitution)

- seasonal cannot be certified Health and safety Representative

- education to other members, made available

- parking policy reviewed at rapidsview

- ERC to hear opinion on this policy

Motion for adjournment; accepted and passed, meeting adjourned…