Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: January 21, 2020

Through the administration of the Members & Community Support Committee (made up of the Union’s Treasurer, six Union Members-at-Large and a Union Office employee), Union 52 Benevolent Society has donated to the below named organizations. External website links are provided, where possible.

‘Community Organization Application for Funding Form’

In 2019, CSU 52 partnered with the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) to offer the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan to eligible retirees. The plan includes health and dental benefits and coverage is guaranteed regardless of your health or previous medical conditions.

Participation in this plan is voluntary and available to CSU 52 retirees and their families who meet the following criteria:

  • CSU 52 member in good standing for at least five (5) years;
  • A permanent resident of Canada;
  • Covered by your provincial/territorial health care insurance including any provincial health and drug plans for which you are eligible; and
  • ARTA member in good standing*

A spouse of a deceased CSU 52 member/employee who would have met the above criteria is also eligible to participate in the CSU 52 Retiree Benefits Plan.

*You must join ARTA as an affiliate member to participate in the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan. Affiliate membership costs $50 per year ($4.17 per month), payable along with your monthly benefits premiums.

Click here for more information about ARTA and to find the application forms

Updated: May 30, 2017

The Society of Retired City of Edmonton Employees social club is a casual group of retirees, including members from all City of Edmonton departments (management, all unions and out-of-scope). Membership in the Society is free. CSU 52 has assisted the Society in the past few years with a financial donation which has been greatly appreciated. The Club has been in existence for more than 35 years organized for the purpose of socializing, dining, information sharing and fellowship. Members meet monthly for lunch (September to May; evening events planned for June and December). Lunches may include guest speakers representing topics of general interest but are not agenda based meetings, except for the AGM held in March.

We invite you to join us in the monthly lunch (the 4th Friday of each month) at Chateau Nova, 13920 Yellowhead Trail. Lets continue to celebrate the heritage of the Retirees of the City of Edmonton!

The Society of Retired
City of Edmonton Employees

invites you to join them in their monthly lunch
11:30 AM every 4th Friday of the month (September to May)
@ Chateau Nova, 13920 Yellowhead Trail

Membership is Free

For more information, contact Dave Munro (President) at 780-458-0314.

A Social Club with Dining and Fellowship

If you are interested in purchasing items with the CSU 52 logo, please contact Doreen Gates, Financial Administrator/Building Coordinator, at 780-448-8908 or doreen.gates@csu52.org to inquire about pricing on available items.

CSU 52 will arrange to send out one of the following:

  • Floral arrangement
  • Fruit basket
  • $35 gift card for participating stores of the Sobeys Group
  • $35 donation to a charitable organization

For any of the these occurrences:

  • New Baby (Birth or Adoption) for the following individuals:
    CSU 52 Member or Spouse / Partner
  • Illness or injury for the following individual:
    CSU 52 Member who has been absent from work for more than a 2-week period due to illness, injury, or hospitalization after a major surgery.
  • Death of one of the following:
    CSU 52 Member’s Spouse / Partner
    CSU 52 Member’s Parents
    CSU 52 Member’s Children
    CSU 52 Member’s Siblings (Brother or Sister)
    CSU 52 Member’s Mother- or Father-in-law
    CSU 52 Member’s Grandparents
    CSU 52 Member, sympathy gift can be sent to the Member’s family

Please call the Union Office at 780-448-8900 or email info@csu52.org for requests. We require an address and phone number for any deliveries of floral arrangements and fruit baskets; additional information may be needed for a charitable donation.

At the beginning of each calendar year, all eligible employees in our contractual bargaining units receive a credit into their Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) through the Alberta Blue Cross benefits provider.

The Union receives many questions about what kinds of items can be claimed through the HCSA. We are providing the following website links to where you can search to see what items are covered.

HCSA Eligible Expenses

You can claim any item or service allowed under the Income Tax Act of Canada as a medical expense.

CRA’s ‘Eligible medical expenses you can claim on your tax return’

For example, your HCSA is available for unpaid balances or expenses not covered under your other benefit plans. You can claim vision care expenses, prescription drug expenses, dental, benefit premiums, etc.

You can also claim payments to qualified medical practitioners.

 CRA’s ‘Authorized medical practitioners for the purposes of the medical expense tax credit’

  • Seniority is the entire time spent, without a break in service, in CSU 52 jobs. It never changes. No matter where you move in the bargaining unit, your seniority stays with you.
  • As a unionized employee, you cannot sue the employer or use a lawyer. You must pursue recourse through the Union where representation will be provided to you at no cost.
  • As a member of the Union you are automatically subject to the terms or your Collective Agreement. Do you know what your rights are? Do you know what rights you don’t have? To view your Collective Agreement, click on your bargaining unit:
  • Unions fought to establish these benefits that we commonly take for granted?
    • Seniority
    • Job security
    • Representation
    • Grievance procedure
    • Promotional opportunities
    • Job classification
    • Health and safety programs
    • Relief periods / Coffee Breaks
    • Work standards
    • Uniform pay scales
    • Guaranteed wage increases
    • Call-in pay
    • Paid vacations
    • Paid absence allowance
    • Jury duty pay
    • Bereavement pay
    • Life insurance benefits
    • Sickness and accident benefits
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Long-term disability benefits
    • Medicare protection
    • Supplement unemployment benefits
    • Prescription drug coverage
    • Dental programs
    • Health and safety committee
    • Time off for medical appointments
    • Flex time (earned day off)

Updated: January 11, 2018

If the union cost nothing, it probably would not be worth anything.

In some unions, there are no dues. The employer takes care of running the expenses of the union; sometimes it even supplies recreational facilities. In these unions, the employer also names the Officers and Shop Stewards and settles the grievances. The employer sits on both sides of the bargaining table and the worker is in the middle getting squeezed and has no voice.

In legitimate unions, the workers pay the cost. They know that they will get out of the union what they put in. Union dues pay for a variety of services including: operating a local union, costs associated with bargaining, hiring staff, legal services, sending members and the Executive Board to conferences, strike funds, insurance, education and per capita portions to the coalition. Not all unions in Canada are part of a coalition.

About one-third of all Canadian workers are represented by unions. There are literally millions of people without protection and employers are able to use these workers to under cut hard-won and decent contracts. How much we get in wages and benefits depends on how strongly we are organized.

Bi-weekly CSU 52 dues are calculated as follows:

3/4th of 1% (or 0.0075) multiplied by your gross bi-weekly salary + $8.00 flat fee

Any member earning a gross bi-weekly salary less than $250 shall pay a maximum of $2.30 in union dues during that pay period.

Dues are not paid on any overtime worked.

Active Membership in CSU 52 enables us to provide members with communications updates, and empowers members to be involved in the direction setting and governance of the Union.

As an Active Member you can set your communications interests, participate in online polls, vote on issues that affect you as a member, including your Collective Agreement and the election of President and Executive Board members, and your Bargaining Committee. Active Membership also allows you to take advantage of eligible education bursaries for members and their children.

‘Membership Card Application’

Updated March 30, 2020

General Membership Meetings

General Membership Meetings are open to all CSU 52 Members. They provide an opportunity for CSU 52 to update members on the business of the Union and its bargaining units, as well as any special initiatives that are underway. It is also an opportunity for Active Members to bring questions and concerns to the floor. Meetings are generally 90 minutes in duration, dependent upon content and member involvement.

General Membership Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each January, and the 1st Tuesday of each April, June, October and December @ 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street) unless otherwise noted.

2020 Dates:

Tuesday, January 14 *Cancelled / postponed to Tuesday, February 4
Tuesday, April 7 *Cancelled / postponed (future date TBD)
Tuesday, June 2 *At the CSU 52 Office, 10212 – 112 Street
Tuesday, October 6
Tuesday, December 1

Shop Steward Assembly Meetings

Shop Steward Assembly Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November @ 5:30 p.m at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street) unless otherwise noted.

Shop Steward Assembly Meetings are open to all Active Members of CSU 52 (non Shop Stewards must request permission from the Presiding Officer and/or Chief Shop Steward). Meeting topics are educational based, relating to union and labour relations matters. Meetings are intended to be interactive where possible, and will foster relationship building between Shop Stewards. If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward for your area, please complete this form or contact the CSU 52 office.

2020 Dates (subject to change by the Chief Shop Steward):

Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, March 17 *CANCELLED
Tuesday, May 19
Tuesday, September 15
Tuesday, November 17

Board of Directors Meetings

Board of Directors Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of  January and the 2nd Tuesday thereafter of each month @ 10:00 a.m. at the CSU 52 Office (10212 – 112 Street).

Board of Directors Meetings are open to Active Members to view, subject to confidential matters. Meetings are generally 3-4 hours in duration, and are subject to earlier start times. If you wish to attend a Board Directors Meeting, please contact the CSU 52 Office.

The Coalition of Edmonton of Civic Unions (CECU) consists of five unions:

In total, the CECU represents over 10,000 members.

The Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions came together in October 1993. It was formed in response to the 1994 City budget which was calling for deep service cuts which would have resulted in across-the-board layoffs affecting all four unions (UFCW was not yet a CECU member). At the time there was also an issue of whether union leaders could speak out without risking employer action. In banding together, the unions asserted that we stand together as unions with common interests and that we demand fair treatment for all civic employees.

In 1996, to facilitate the growing workload of the CECU, a full-time Liaison Representative was hired (currently Liam Peuramaki). This position reports to each local President and conducts day-to-day business for the organization.

In 1998, each Coalition President, along with the General Managers from each civic department and the City Manager, signed the Working Relationship Agreement to help foster a collaborative relationship for the benefit of all involved. This document has since been re-signed in 2000, 2002 and 2011.

The Coalition endeavours to gather/share information, coordinate action, and promote strong relationships between civic unions and other labour organizations that complement our goals. The Coalition provides a forum for the discussion of issues, exploration of values and interests, resolution of differences and the formation of strategies and action plans providing for a common approach to collective bargaining, public policy making, and by building constructive relationships with the employer based on shared working relationship interests.

FAQ
NEED SUPPORT?

Are you in need of member support? Do you know a member who may need support?

As part of its benevolent operations, CSU 52 provides financial assistance to members who come across difficult times. Please know that assistance is confidential and support is subject to a predetermined set of criteria.

To inquire about support, please contact the CSU 52 Office at 780-448-8900 and ask for a representative of the Members & Community Support Committee.