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Tomorrow April 28, National Day of Mourning, please stand for a moment of silence to honour those killed or injured on the job.

CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a National Day of Mourning in 1984.

That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is recognized in more than 120 countries around the world.

When they envisioned the day, the members of the committee wanted to remember lives lost in the workplace. But there was a broader point. The day was also supposed to remind all workers that we need to fight for the living and inspire us to prevent further tragedies.

On each Day of Mourning, CUPE honours the members who died on the job.

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To all members who have cars and are now working full time from home, you may want to phone your car insurance company and informed them you are working from home full time. You might be eligible for savings or rebates.


Human Resources will continue to process requests until this Thursday, April 23, 2020 for members of CUPE 1289 who have not already submitted their request for severance payouts,

Forms should be scanned and emailed to [email protected]; please hold the original copies and submit to Human Resources when we all return to work. If you are unable to scan your documents, a picture of both sides of the form and any accompanying documents will be accepted if you provide a telephone number where we can contact you.

Thank you.

Human Resources”


“Good morning,

We have been receiving questions concerning the City’s policy regarding the maximum hours of annual leave an employee can have in their bank, and how the City is handling this issue in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be advised that the policy remains in place - the maximum amount of unused vacation an employee can have in their annual leave bank at any time is twice their annual entitlement. In keeping with our normal practice, exceptions will only be considered in the event that an employee was not granted annual leave due to operational requirements.

Thank you,

Human Resources”


Notice to CUPE 1289 employees:

“Please be advised that while Article 17:03 of the newly ratified CUPE 1289 Collective Agreement states that vacation schedules are to be posted by April 15 of each year, we have discussed with CUPE and have reached an agreement to delay posting vacation schedules until May 15 for this year.

Thank you,

Human Resources”


April's meeting has been cancelled

The executive met Monday April 13, 2020. We are looking into having virtual meetings. Keep checking here or on social media for updates.

Please continue to stay at home as much as possible to keep you and your families safe.

Also remember the following date:

National Day of Mourning – April 28

A day set aside each year to remember those who have been killed or seriously injured in the workplace.

March 2020 Monthly Meeting

March 2020 Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting - February 11th, 2020

Monthly Meeting - February 11th, 2020
State of Emergency Update: Public Cooperation and Military Support | City Of St. John's

City of St. John’s snow clearing crews continue to work hard to clear streets. At this time, it is critical that the public refrain from going outside to the greatest extent possible to allow our plow operations to proceed. The City is relying on the public’s cooperation with these instructions ...


CUPE 1289 sends our sympathies to all the families, friends and colleagues of the victims of today's plane crash.


Severance Payout Update – Please see the employer advisory posted on the Intranet.


FYI City of St. John's has a delayed opening for tomorrow. The message is on the Staff line. It will be updated at 10:00 am tomorrow.


Human Resources has advised the following regarding the closure on December 24, 2019:

Due to the advanced cancellation of closure, those employees working out of facilities that were closed on December 24, 2019 will not be charged Annual Leave. Corrector Leave Request forms are not required; HR will automatically reverse the annual leave charged.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all 1289 members and your families. Enjoy and stay safe and PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

The Other 98%

The Other 98%


As requested by Sarah Hayward:

Good morning,

This is to advise that signing bonuses are currently being processed for eligible 1289 employees and will be paid on December 13, 2019.

Information relating to severance will be available early in the new year. While we appreciate that many people have questions about the payout options, we are unable to address them at this time as all resources are currently dedicated to ensuring signing bonuses are paid out before the holidays.

We appreciate your patience.


Sarah Hayward
Director, Human Resources
City of St. John’s


The contract has been ratified. Numbers are not being released at this moment.


Members attending the CUPE 1289 5:30 meeting MUST show their City ID to the parking attendants to avail of no change parking in the garage as there is an event at Mile One.


The CUPE 1289 Ratification Package has been posted on the Intranet for viewing. When you access this tomorrow please DO NOT print on city printers. Hard copies will be available in the morning and at both sessions. Thank you."


We finalized the package last night and are awaiting confirmation from our CUPE Rep and the Employer that all is in order. As soon as we are given the OK we will have it printed (hopefully today) and will advise when it is ready for pickup.


Ratification vote will take place at City Hall Foran/Greene Room Wednesday December 4th. There will be 2 sessions one at 11 AM and the other at 5:30 PM. ​

All members are urged to attend one of these sessions.​

Members should check with their supervisor/manager for approval to attend if they are working during both of these times.


CUPE Local 1289 has reached a tentative agreement with the City of St. John's. We will make every effort to provide the package to the members on Monday. We are tentatively scheduling voting sessions for Wednesday December 4. Details of location and times will follow.

Unifor prepares for Loblaw bargaining, good jobs at stake in NL
Unifor prepares for Loblaw bargaining, good jobs at stake in NL

Unifor prepares for Loblaw bargaining, good jobs at stake in NL

ST. JOHN’S – Unifor will begin collective agreement negations with Loblaw Companies Limited in November that will impact more than 1,300 members at 11 Dominion locations across the province.


The conciliation officer has advised that the report was received by the Minister today which means at 12:01 am on December 8 the 15 days will expire.


In preparation for the November 28th meeting through conciliation, the bargaining committee met with our National Rep on November 21st. Any concerns brought forth to the committee from the membership were discussed. Some require clarity from the employer which we will present at the November 28th meeting.


CUPE has requested to the City that our group benefits be maintained in the event of a work stoppage. CUPE will pay the employee and employer share of premiums.


On Tuesday November 19th the conciliation officer informed us that she is going to file her report. We have not received confirmation that the report has been received at the minister’s office. This means that the 15 calendar day timeline, as described in the NL Labour Relations Act, has not started.


The employer’s proposal has been rejected. No numbers yet .


Proposal package for contract for Cupe Local 1289 will be available for pickup at the following times and locations:

Saturday Cityhall Main Entrance Noon - 2 pm

Saturday Paul Reynolds Center 2pm-4pm Main Lobby

Sunday Mews Center Main Lobby 2pm-4pm

Sunday City Hall Main Entrance Noon -2pm

CUPE 1289

CUPE 1289


November 18, 2019 VOTE

If the membership votes to reject the package the conciliator is contacted and will prepare her report to the Minister. When the Minister receives the report we have 15 days to attempt to resume negotiations to reach an agreement prior to any strike or lockout.

If the membership votes to accept the package the City is contacted via the conciliation officer with the results of the vote. The items that were agreed to will be part of the new agreement including the City proposals that were not accepted at the table


On Friday November 1st, 2019, the bargaining committee met with a conciliator and the City of St. John's. The city presented its final offer which the bargaining committee reviewed and responded to. The City rejected our response and were not willing to continue conciliation. The City then requested their final offer be presented to the membership no later than November 15th.

Due to the tight time line the bargaining committee requested Monday November 18th and the City agreed. Therefore, on November 18th the bargaining committee will present the City's final offer to the membership for review, discussion, questions and then a vote. In order to accommodate as many people as possible two meetings will be held, one at 2:00 PM and the other at 5:30 PM. Both meetings will take place on the first floor of the Knights of Columbus on St. Clare Ave.

Please make every effort to attend one of these sessions and cast your vote.

Union Proud Union Strong

Union Proud Union Strong


Conciliation Process

Letter is written to the Minister for application for conciliation.

Upon receipt of the application at the Labour Relations Division, the request for conciliation services is reviewed.

The Minister appoints a conciliation officer. Appointment letters are drafted, reviewed and forwarded to the employer and union.

In the event a collective agreement is not achieved and the Conciliation Officer has determined that the parties are at a stalemate, he or she will submit a report to the Minister outlining the matters upon which the parties have agreed, the matters upon which the parties cannot agree and the advisability of appointing a conciliation board.

The receipt of the report by the Minister initiates a 15 day timeline for the union to be in position to take a strike vote and the employer to initiate a lock-out. Reports are usually filed within a few days of an impasse being declared.


Bargaining between 1289 and the City of St. John's has reached an impasse and the parties have requested the assistance of conciliation services to help them achieve a tentative agreement. We will provide further updates when dates have been confirmed.

CUPE 1289 Monthly meeting

CUPE 1289 Monthly meeting

CUPE’s national union president stands with striking Placentia municipal workers
CUPE’s national union president stands with striking Placentia municipal workers

CUPE’s national union president stands with striking Placentia municipal workers

“CUPE National will be there for the members of Local 1761, whether it be to walk the picket line or through our national strike fund. I’m also here today to send a message to the mayor and council that they’re not just facing these 15 members, they’re facing our entire national union.”

Labor 411

Labor 411

Important CUPE1289 Special Meeting

Important CUPE1289 Special Meeting


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Saturday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day. Did you know literacy is not only reading and writing. It also includes the following essential skills: Numeracy, Oral Communication, Working with others, Thinking, Document Use, Continuous Learning, and Computer/Digital Use. Plan a family activity which includes some of these skills. For example: If you are baking something have your child read the recipe and assist with measuring the ingredients or Play a board game - Scrabble or Monopoly or read a book. Literacy affects us all in our everyday lives. Having literacy skills will instill confidence and self-esteem and encourage persons to become more involved in their communities, etc.