COVID-19 Update for LPVEC

As of today (5/14/20)  the Union sent a singed Agreement back to LPVEC to get drivers paid for the remainder of the 180 school days.  This would allow drivers to get paid, the same way they have been getting paid, through the end of the school year.  LPVEC proposed doing away completely with the end of the year attendance bonus of $200 for those with 5 or more sick days in the bank.  The Union disagreed as a good portion of the school year had been attended as of March.  The Union was successful in securing $100 of the $200 for the end of year bonus for those with 5 or more sick days in the bank.  The rest of the contract is in full effect for the remainder of the year.  

 

COVID-19 Update for LPVEC

At this time the parties (lpvec and the Union)  are working to negotiate a payment of wages through the end of the school year.  The Employer has a meeting on monday (May 11)  with the districts and we hope to know after that.   If wages are continued to be paid until the end of school year they will be retro to the end of the last agreement that expired beginning of this week.  If they are not, we will inform on what steps drivers and monitors should take regarding unemployment insurance.   Please stay tuned next week to our website and LpVEc emails to stay informed.  
 
Also please note, if the employer has and continues to pay you scheduled hours, the Union cautions against filing for unemployment.  Should you receive a check (for close to the full amount of your normal pay) from lpvec and then open an unemployment claim and get paid there too, one may be required to pay back unemployment.   Partial unemployment is only granted to folks who have lost a significant portion of pay.   Please research whether you meet the criteria before filing.  

COVID-19 Update for Chicopee School Nurse & Technical

Last Friday the Union met with the Superintendent and assistant Superintendent over concerns that the return to work letter send last Thursday did not have a clear plan of return, nor did it address safety concerns.  The following  is what UFCW Local 1459, along with all the Union Stewards, Negotiated. 
 
-PPE masks will be available at all locations for all returning employees.  Unit directors will put out a notice to all employees telling them where they can find PPE.
 
-Administration will begin looking into buying gloves to go with masks.
 
-The return plan to get employees back into the building will be done in a way which limits the number of people in the building at any given time. Schedules will be staggered to limit the numbers in the building.  
 
-From those who have for the past 7 weeks remained at home at no loss of wages due to serious health concerns or because they are taking care of a family member, the administration will discuss options for these people.  The parties agree that these individuals will not be subject to discipline for remaining home until they have discussed options for continued leave and have time to acquire the proper documentation with Human Resources. 
 
-While the return to work order is only for half of an employee’s schedule they will still receive their full pay and benefits. 
 
-Any employee who has not been receiving Chicopee emails should inform their director and they will be assisted to ensure they are getting all the notifications.
 
– The parties agree that there needs to be a reasonable amount of time given to employees to return to work should they have legitimate issues they are dealing with. No employee shall be disciplined during the first several days of the call back should they not be able to attend.
 
 
Nurse and Technical-  The Stewards will work with the Director to ensure that employees are brought back in a safe manner.  The parties agree that the stewards will discuss with the Director what work can still be accomplished from home for the time being, with the understanding that they may need to come into the building to work as well. 

COVID-19 Update for Chicopee School Nurse & Technical

Last Friday the Union met with the Superintendent and assistant Superintendent over concerns that the return to work letter send last Thursday did not have a clear plan of return, nor did it address safety concerns.  The following  is what UFCW Local 1459, along with all the Union Stewards, Negotiated. 
 
-PPE masks will be available at all locations for all returning employees.  Unit directors will put out a notice to all employees telling them where they can find PPE.
 
-Administration will begin looking into buying gloves to go with masks.
 
-The return plan to get employees back into the building will be done in a way which limits the number of people in the building at any given time. Schedules will be staggered to limit the numbers in the building.  
 
-From those who have for the past 7 weeks remained at home at no loss of wages due to serious health concerns or because they are taking care of a family member, the administration will discuss options for these people.  The parties agree that these individuals will not be subject to discipline for remaining home until they have discussed options for continued leave and have time to acquire the proper documentation with Human Resources. 
 
-While the return to work order is only for half of an employee’s schedule they will still receive their full pay and benefits. 
 
-Any employee who has not been receiving Chicopee emails should inform their director and they will be assisted to ensure they are getting all the notifications.
 
– The parties agree that there needs to be a reasonable amount of time given to employees to return to work should they have legitimate issues they are dealing with. No employee shall be disciplined during the first several days of the call back should they not be able to attend.
 
 
Nurse and Technical-  The Stewards will work with the Director to ensure that employees are brought back in a safe manner.  The parties agree that the stewards will discuss with the Director what work can still be accomplished from home for the time being, with the understanding that they may need to come into the building to work as well. 

COVID-19 Update for Chicopee School Cafeteria

Last Friday the Union met with the Superintendent and assistant Superintendent over concerns that the return to work letter send last Thursday did not have a clear plan of return, nor did it address safety concerns.  The following  is what UFCW Local 1459, along with all the Union Stewards, Negotiated. 
 
-PPE masks will be available at all locations for all returning employees.  Unit directors will put out a notice to all employees telling them where they can find PPE.
 
-Administration will begin looking into buying gloves to go with masks.
 
-The return plan to get employees back into the building will be done in a way which limits the number of people in the building at any given time. Schedules will be staggered to limit the numbers in the building.  
 
-From those who have for the past 7 weeks remained at home at no loss of wages due to serious health concerns or because they are taking care of a family member, the administration will discuss options for these people.  The parties agree that these individuals will not be subject to discipline for remaining home until they have discussed options for continued leave and have time to acquire the proper documentation with Human Resources. 
 
-While the return to work order is only for half of an employee’s schedule they will still receive their full pay and benefits. 
 
-Any employee who has not been receiving Chicopee emails should inform their director and they will be assisted to ensure they are getting all the notifications.
 
– The parties agree that there needs to be a reasonable amount of time given to employees to return to work should they have legitimate issues they are dealing with. No employee shall be disciplined during the first several days of the call back should they not be able to attend.
 
 
Food Service-  The Union Stewards will meet, by phone or zoom with the Food Service Director to discuss scheduling.  The parties agree this will be done in a way that ensures there will not be an unsafe amount of employees returning at once. 
 
 

COVID-19 Update for Chicopee School Custodians

Last Friday the Union met with the Superintendent and assistant Superintendent over concerns that the return to work letter send last Thursday did not have a clear plan of return, nor did it address safety concerns.  The following  is what UFCW Local 1459, along with all the Union Stewards, Negotiated. 
 
-PPE masks will be available at all locations for all returning employees.  Unit directors will put out a notice to all employees telling them where they can find PPE.
 
-Administration will begin looking into buying gloves to go with masks.
 
-The return plan to get employees back into the building will be done in a way which limits the number of people in the building at any given time. Schedules will be staggered to limit the numbers in the building.  
 
-From those who have for the past 7 weeks remained at home at no loss of wages due to serious health concerns or because they are taking care of a family member, the administration will discuss options for these people.  The parties agree that these individuals will not be subject to discipline for remaining home until they have discussed options for continued leave and have time to acquire the proper documentation with Human Resources. 
 
-While the return to work order is only for half of an employee’s schedule they will still receive their full pay and benefits. 
 
-Any employee who has not been receiving Chicopee emails should inform their director and they will be assisted to ensure they are getting all the notifications.
 
– The parties agree that there needs to be a reasonable amount of time given to employees to return to work should they have legitimate issues they are dealing with. No employee shall be disciplined during the first several days of the call back should they not be able to attend.
 
 
Chicopee Custodians-  When scheduling the return of custodians the Director shall work with the stewards and custodians to bring employees back.  While the letter of return to work states the building shall be open for work only from 7am-3:30pm Custodians who have a second shift will not be forced to work in the AM if they can not.  The Union has agreed to allow Custodians to temporarily change their schedules if it suits them and accommodates the City’s plans.  

COVID-19 Update for Chicopee Five Star Mechanics

 

The Employer today reached out and explained that all full time mechanics will be furloughed with the intention of bringing them back as soon as it is possible. 

 
During the furlough mechanics should file for unemployment and the employer has made assurances that health insurance and other benefits will remain in place during the furlough. 

COVID-19 Update for Chicopee Custodian

Next week the Employer will have folks continue to work same hours 8:30am to 1:30pm Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday buildings will be closed Monday-Thursday ( no reductions in pay) 

COVID-19 Update for LPVEC

 
I am happy to report that after about a week of negotiations between the Union, LPVEC and the Districts we have an extension of the first agreement and Drivers and Monitors will continued to be paid their standard hours through the newest shutdown timeframe of May 4th.  Please see your LPVEC email for details on the agreement and call should you have any questions.   

COVID-19 Update for LPVEC

As we have reached the end of our first agreement with LPVEC and the districts to have been paid for the first several weeks, LPVEC is continuing to negotiate with the districts and the Union to get a plan moving forward.  Of course the Union is advocating for full pay of standard hours moving forward until, at least, the May fourth deadline.   For now Drivers and Monitors may file an unemployment claim for the week beginning April 6th.  Be advised if you do this and a deal is reached to pay drivers you will need to cancel the claim and potential pay back money to unemployment if collected. We hope to know more by the end of the week so folks may want to hold off on filing claims until then. 

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