OTIP- Cupe Benefit Trust

February 9, 2018
Brothers and Sisters,
The new benefit plan (Educational Worker Benefit Trust) is currently being rolled out, we must as individuals, sign up for this new plan (EWBT) by March 1, 2018. Everyone should have by now received a welcome package explaining coverage and registration procedure.
If you have not received your welcome package go to the CUPE Ontario website and follow the links to CUPE EWBT or call the helpline.
If have any questions, there is a 1-800 hotline to aid our local in this process (Listed below).
It is your responsibility to register for our new benefit package (EWBT), any one of our Executive members should be able to point you in the right direction. Keep in mind that we are paying our portion of the EWBT directly to our new provider, OTIP, from your personal bank account.
You will need a few things;
• Employee Identification number
• Banking information (Account #, Branch # and Trans #)
• Be able to print out several items, beneficiary declaration and confirmation of registration
If you know of any members that might be on extend leave from the employer, please reach out to them to be sure that they realize the change that has started, because they could lose their benefits.
At the present time the EWBT plan is not offered to retirees or casuals. The EWBT Trustees are developing a plan for retirees’ that will be rolled out in in May 2018, we hope to get more information on benefits for retirees soon.
If you have any questions feel free to call myself or any of the other Executive members,
In solidarity,

Dave Dickhout
First Vice President
Local 4153

Educational Worker Benefit Trust

Welcome Booklet

Guide booklet

Questions For enrolment, eligibility, life coverage or premiums Call OTIP: 1-866-783-6847
For health or dental coverage & claims Call Great-West Life: 1-866-800-8058

Seniority list

Update for Members

Human resources is running behind on posting the CUPE seniority list. The updated seniority list will be available February 15, 2018.

In Solidarity
Flora DiCarlo
Chief Steward

Cleaner in Classrooms

CUPE 4153 Health & Safety Committee
CUPE 4153 Executive
Marilyn MacAloney, Ken Boyle, Blake Corkill

November 28, 2017
Direction To Members re: cleaner in classrooms

Currently in many of our schools (mostly elementary) there is a practice of our members supplying diluted Neutral, PerDiem, Vinegar, etc. to classrooms in spray bottles for cleaning of desks after/during nutrition breaks or the instructional day.
This practice puts our members at risk of discipline and possibly prosecution in the event that a student could access the chemical and assault a fellow student with it, consume it themselves or have an adverse reaction due to inhalation. It is our firm belief that in the event of these things occurring, there isn’t a principal, teacher or supervisor that would be willing to take the hit and say they ok’d that practice – leaving our members vulnerable.
This practice was and is not an approved action by the employer and there is no documentation to support it.
It is our recommendation that effective immediately our members remove and dispose of any diluted chemicals in classrooms and if asked by any school staff members for something to clean desks with, they be provided with only a spray bottle and water.
Any cleanup that requires the use of chemicals should only be performed by our members who have been trained in the proper use and handling of chemicals supplied by the employer.