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SSC PLATOON PICKS / 2016 VACATION PICKS

 

TO:                  All Full Time CUPE 1019 System Status Controllers

FROM:             Jon Brunarski, President CUPE 1019

DATE:              November 3, 2015

SUBJECT:         PLATOON PICKS / 2016 VACATION BIDS

 

The union and management have been working on a new schedule that will address and affect several issues: 

      1. The anticipated enhancement of up to 4 – 12 hour vehicles, pending Regional Council approval

      2. The realignment of current resources to better cover peak demand times.

      3. Changes to start/stop times

      4. Base Bids

      5. Vacation Bids for 2016

To address these issues, the Union has been actively participating in all aspects.  We have met 4 times and have mutually arrived at the following possible solutions:

VEHICLE ENHANCEMENTS

If Council approves 4 – 12 hour vehicles, this means there will be an increase of 16 new full time members.  This reflects a major change in how vehicles will be distributed throughout the region.  In keeping with the Collective Agreement, another round of Base Bids Platoon Picks was required to allow members to apply for the enhanced vehicles and their placements.

 

REALIGNMENT OF VEHICLES

Current call volume data suggested that a realignment of vehicles is needed

        • to even out the workload,
        • address present issues with shift over runs,
        • meal break assignments,
        • Coverage at shift changes.

 

START AND STOP TIMES

Start and Stop times for stations were also modified in some cases.  These changes were implemented to better cover end of shift late calls and improve overall coverage issues. The current start and stop times has adjacent stations with start times too close together and this resulted in many overruns and lengthy travel times to posts.  It is expected the changes will reduce both shift over runs and reduce post assignments from long distances.

 

PLATOON PICKS

The Platoon Pick process cannot be started until such time the service receives notification from Regional Council of any enhancements to our vehicle count.    Please be advised, that regardless of any type of enhancement, there will be changes to start and stop times, vehicle placements and base pairings. Based on Regional Council meeting dates, the earliest possible date for Platoon Picks will be the week of December 14th, 2015.  The new platoon assignments would not be implemented until the end of March 2016.

 

2016 VACATION PICKS

Vacation Bids – Due to the lateness in the year of Base Bids, we will be holding a “Mini” Vacation Bidding Process to cover off January, February and March 2016 vacations.  Staff will receiving their 2016 vacation entitlements in the mail shortly.  The “mini” bidding process will be held November 23rd and 24th, 2015.  This process is being held so members may still make vacation plans for the first quarter of 2016. 

 

As per current practice, seniority will be the determining factor as to vacation request approval.  The process remains unchanged.  Vacation bids for the remainder of 2016 will held as early in the New Year as possible.  Members will be advised accordingly.  Vacation picks for January, February and March would be based on your current base assignments as the new picks would not be implemented until the end of March 2016. 

 

In Solidarity,

Jon Brunarski,

President CUPE 1019

 

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