days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

Webinar Follow Up

We would like to thank all of those who joined the webinar yesterday. We were impressed by the large participation and overwhelmed by the amount of questions. We would like to further clarify a few items and share a link to review the webinar for those who could not make it.

Many members have reached out regarding EI/CERB benefits and have asked what happens if they decline a recall to Rouge.  We have heard back from CUPE National and have been advised that each case would need to be reviewed based on its own circumstances through Service Canada so we advise those of you in this predicament to reach out immediately to Service Canada if it is your intention to decline the recall. If you are declined EI, you should reach out to the Union so we can review and follow up immediately.

In addition, we wanted to clarify that WIP is applicable while working at Rouge and receiving Mainline Benefits and Pay for those that accept the recall to Rouge. One correction we need to make is the number of sick hours one would receive if they accept this current recall to Rouge. You would receive a prorated entitlement for 2020 of 8 sick hours for the remainder of 2020 in your bank and would receive an additional 48 hours on January 1, 2021 if you are still at Rouge at that time.

Here is a link to review the webinar:–lDyPKPSGeS

Please check your email with this bulletin or email to receive the proper passcode to access the recording.

We once again thank members for their participation in yesterday’s webinar and hope to schedule future webinars this fall on more matters that are of concern to everyone.

Again, if you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Union at  Just as a reminder, you have until September 15, 2020 at 2359EDT to reply with an acceptance to your recall notice, otherwise you have until September 22, 2020 at 2359EDT to advise the employer of your decision to decline.

In solidarity,