PSW/Orderly Temporary Wage Enhancement

Please see the employer’s communication for the Ontario Government’s T.W.E. announcement

The goal of the Temporary Wage Enhancement is to:

  • Recognize the vital importance of Ontario’s Personal Support Workers who care for the most vulnerable COVID-19 patients
  • Address urgent health system staffing priorities as part of the provincial response to COVID-19 and the current influenza season.

Q1: Who is eligible for the Personal Support Worker Temporary Wage Enhancement (PSW TWE)?

A: Employees working in a PSW role (which may or may not require a PSW certificate) whose primary purpose is to provide direct personal care such as feeding, dressing, personal hygiene and toileting for at least 50% of their time performing such direct personal care work will be eligible for the $2.00/hour Temporary Wage Enhancement.

Based on the information above, it was determined that employees who fall under the Orderly job classification would be eligible for the Temporary Wage Enhancement.

All other classifications were deemed ineligible based on the above criteria.

Q2: Are Part-Time and Casual employees eligible for PSW TWE?

A: Yes, Part-Time and Casual employees are eligible for the TWE if they meet the appropriate criteria listed above.

Q3: How does the TWE impact an employee’s salary, pension and benefits?

A: The TWE will not be considered part of an employee’s base salary, benefits or pensionable earnings (with the exception of CPP contributions).

Q4: Will employees be taxed on the TWE?

All regular statutory deductions will apply to the TWE and the standard tax method will be applied.

Q5: Will overtime hours be eligible for the TWE?

A: Yes, overtime hours will be eligible for the TWE.

Overtime paid at 1.5 times regular salary will be paid at a rate of $3.00/hour for the TWE.

Overtime paid at 2 times regular salary will be paid at a rate of $4.00/hour for the TWE.

Q6: Will employees receive the TWE if they are on vacation or any authorized paid leave?

A: No, the $2/hr. premium only applies to the hours actually worked including statutory holidays and overtime hours.

Q7: Will individuals redeployed to other settings to deliver Personal Support Services be eligible for the TWE?

A: Yes, eligible individuals redeployed to other publicly funded settings (e.g., long-term care homes) will be eligible for the TWE. The hourly increase will be paid through the individuals home employer.

Membership Meeting – January 12, 2021

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

LOCAL 4000

Virtual Town Hall – Via Zoom

January 12, 2021

7:30 p.m.

  • Call meeting to order
  • Roll call of officers
  • Equality Statement
  • Approval of the agenda
  • Reading of the minutes
  • Matters arising from the previous minutes
  • President’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Unfinished business
  • New Business
  • Motion to destroy the Ballots
  • 2 year Trustee
  • 1 Directors Unit F
  • Chief Steward, unit E Riverside Campus
  • Good of the Union
  • Adjournment

Election

During our last General Membership Meeting of Nov.10,20 two members had been acclaimed into vacancies on our Executive Council and one acclaimed as a Trustee.

There are three candidates running for one vacant Director D (Support Services) position at the General Campus being held on Dec.3,20 from 8am-7pm in room CCW 1492 (General Campus). COVID 19 precautions will be in effect during election.

Acclaimed Members
Election Date

WORKSHOP: Stewards Learning Series!

The local will be offering Educational Workshops (virtual) in the upcoming weeks and would like to know who would like to participate;

The first workshop presented will be stewards learning series including some subjects such as: Note taking, representing members in front of management.

We suggest that you have your collective agreement when participating in the workshops.

This workshop is open to all CUPE 4000 Employees and is the beginning of a series of Educational Workshops offered by the Local.

PLEASE SEND RSVP if you are interested in participating in the first workshop-Stewards Learning Series on November 25th, 2020 from 9:00-13:00 or from 15:00-19:00 send your name to: askinner@cupe4000.com

 

Important Long Term Care events in the coming weeks

There are number of very important matters related to the Long Term Care sector that will be taking place over the next couple of months.

We have received confirmation that the Time to Care Act will be coming up for a vote at second reading on October 28th. This is likely our best chance yet to get this legislation passed and we will be undertaking a concerted lobby effort to try and ensure that we can win this vote.

The LTC COVID-19 Commission is also going to start hearing submissions this month and we will need to hear from members about their front-line experiences during the pandemic so that we can ensure their voices are heard by the Commissioners.

There are a number of very important events coming up in the next few weeks. It’s incredibly important that as many people as possible participate in these events. Please forward to your locals and encourage them to participate. As noted below most of these events are open and not limited to LTC locals.

CUPE Connects! – CODE RED: At Risk & Vulnerable, Long-Term Care in Ontario

The 4th webisode of CUPE Connects! will focus on the numerous challenges and opportunities facing the sector at this critical time
September 29 – 6:30pm
Zoom – Register here
Open to all

Care Not Profits Concert

London West End and Broadway star Ramin Karimloo will be providing a free online concert in support of the Care Not Profits campaign
September 30 – 7:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/officialraminkarimloo
Open to all

LTC Leadership Call

This very important meeting will discuss the campaign for the Time to Care Act, the LTC Commission and other pressing issues for the sector. Please encourage your local leadership to attend
October 6 – 7:00pm
Zoom – Registration link to follow

Ontario Health Coalition Day of Action for LTC

Our partners in the Ontario Health Coalition are holding a Day of Action for LTC that will include car caravans outside of MPP offices

October 8
Details to follow Open to all