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CUPE criticizing RMWB intent-to-work form for employees

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

An intent-to-work form sent out by the RMWB this week isn’t sitting well with CUPE Local 1505.

The public worker’s union is criticizing the municipality, saying they don’t condone the intent and that officials have been “evasive” in answering questions from their union representatives.

The Harvard news team has obtained a copy of the form in question. It asks employees to initial whether they intend to report to work when called by their supervisor, if they are resigning from their role with the RMWB, or if they may be unable to report right away due to personal circumstances.

That option asks employees to explain their reasons for the delay and their expected return date. It also asks them to sign off on the use of their vacation/lieu bank/flex days to fill the gap, with an unpaid leave to follow if they are still unable to return once those days are used up.

The RMWB intent-to-work form gives employees three options // Submitted anonymously to Harvard newsroom

The RMWB intent-to-work form gives employees three options // Submitted anonymously to Harvard newsroom

In an email to employees, Chief Administrative Officer Marcel Ulliac explains that not everyone will be recalled immediately, but they should be prepared to “report to work on short notice.” He notes that supervisors and managers will be in contact on or before June 15 to discuss each employee’s return.

On their website, CUPE Local 1505 is advising their members to obtain physician certificates if they are dealing with physical or mental trauma related to the fire. They add that workers should speak with their union representative about setting up a meeting with their employer to discuss options. They’ve also supplied their own form, which acts as a direct request to the RMWB for a meeting.

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