Debugging the Sick Time Proposal

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Trying to understand the employer’s proposal on sick time is difficult at best.  Table Talk update and the Bargaining Q&A have provided some insight into what it means – but it is still a bit difficult to understand.  I have taken the time to look at a theoretical set of simple absences under the proposed arrangement and applied the numbers as the information indicates in each instance.  The results are very disheartening and concerning.

There are two things that stand out when you review this.  Not only will you be punished if you “get sick” or injured for even a modest number or times and for a reasonable number of days – but this plan almost forces you to attend work when you and the people you work with, know you shouldn’t.  This plan also will affect your “pensionable time” and therefore how soon you can retire – because the days off without pay are not considered as part of your service days for pension entitlements.

Please read the documents highlighted above and review this table and if necessary – ask questions.

Frank Wendling
Acting President – OPSEU Local 468

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