Do’s and Don’ts Guide During Collective Bargaining
Here is a reminder list of do’s and don’ts for membership during collective bargaining.
- Support your bargaining committee’s efforts and strategies
- Attend and vote at all union meetings
- Support the democratic decision of the majority
- Recognize that it is not in your best interests for your bargaining committee to release detailed information until negotiations are almost ended, and then such information is released at membership meetings
- Put a quick stop to rumours by getting the correct facts from your Job Steward
- Maintain confidence and solidarity
- Talk to job stewards, officers and/or staff of the union, NOT management, about your concerns
- Let your bargaining committee know (privately) about any issues you have
- Let management know what you would accept
- Discuss any part of the negotiations with management
- Let management know if you are not happy with your bargaining committee
- Circulate petitions of any sort
- Pass any union materials (bulletins, etc.) to management
- Believe anything you hear or see in the news media unless it is confirmed by your bargaining committee
- Perpetuate rumours
- Criticize the democratic decisions of the majority.
Scholarships and Awards
Fred Trotter Memorial Scholarship
Two $4,000 scholarships
The Fred Trotter scholarships are in honour of past president Fred Trotter. They are open to members and members’ dependents who are 17 years of age or older who are or intend to be enrolled in a course, seminar, workshop or course of studies relating to labour/industrial relations, that supports the goals, values and objectives of the labour movement, sponsored by or forming part of the curriculum of a community college, college, university, technical institute, professional organization, labour organization or education organization.
Applicants must submit an application form with a statement outlining the benefits of union membership in today’s workplace and the positive impact that the labour movement has had on Canadian society.
Opal Skilling Memorial Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship
Opal Skilling was the long-serving Secretary-Treasurer of COPE 15, one of MoveUP’s forerunners. Opal was dedicated to women’s rights and the recognition of women’s work.
MoveUP awards a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to one qualified recipient per year. The Opal Skilling Memorial Scholarship will provide financial assistance towards continuing education in labour studies, women’s studies or gender studies. The scholarship will be available to MoveUP members, spouses and their dependents who identify as a woman.
Calgary & District Labour Council Scholarship
Every year, the Calgary and District Labour Council offers two $1,500 scholarships in memory of past president S’ean Gillen.
MoveUP is affiliated with the Calgary & District Labour Council, meaning our members who have been in good standing for a year or more, as well as their spouses and dependents, are eligible for the scholarship. Visit their website for more information.
The scholarships are available for education or training from a recognized educational institutions in Alberta.
Ardell Brophy Award
Ardell Brophy donated her talents as a standup comedian to raise money for countless causes and has mentored many up-and-coming female comics. She first served MoveUP members on the Executive Board before becoming a union representative at the union office for over 18 years. She passed away in 2015 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
This annual award is presented to MoveUP stewards who demonstrate fierce dedication and commitment to their union, and who provide mentorship to new union activists.
The MoveUP Executive Council created the award in Ardell’s honour in 2011. The past recipients of the award are Lori Watt (2011), Stephen Von Sychowski (2012), Karen Cirez (2013), Laurie Kirk (2014), Joyce Galuska (2015), Heather Christie (2016), and Linda Kemp (2017).
Income Tax Services for Members
MoveUP members can take advantage of professional, affordable income tax services from Working Enterprises (W.E.) Tax Services this year.
W.E.’s flat fee of $65 includes the preparation and transmission of your tax return directly to Revenue Canada (ensuring a refund in only two weeks), and covers all MoveUP members who have five or fewer information slips to file. Information slips include T4s, RRSP slips, tuition fee slips, medical expenses, charitable donations, etc.
The benefits of using W.E. Tax Services are many, including huge savings over competitors’ rates for professionally prepared income tax returns.
Those members who have more than five slips will pay a little more, but still benefit from great savings.
Another important benefit is that W.E. Tax Services is a year round operation—they do not close up shop after tax time.
MoveUP members can take advantage of this income tax service by calling toll-free 1-800-845-1181 as soon as possible to set up an appointment. You can also contact W.E. Tax Services via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members who live outside the Lower Mainland/Metro Vancouver can submit their tax return info by mail or e-mail at email@example.com.
Members who live in the Lower Mainland can also submit their tax return info by mail or e-mail, or have their tax returns done by a W.E. Tax specialist in downtown Vancouver.
VANCOUVER: #530-475 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 4M9 (West Georgia and Richards St., close to Vancouver Public Library).
W.E. Group of Companies is a union-owned company. Other services available include: insurance services, travel services, financial services, privilege credit card program, and computer purchase program.