Red Deer Co-op: Vote -Short-Term Disability

The Employer has put forth a Letter of Understanding to introduce Short-Term Disability to your benefit plan.

If the membership accepts this, there could be a minimal increase in the amount you pay for your benefits. For example, if you are at top seniority/rate, the cost to you may be approximately $0.50 more per week; for others, there may be no change.

If you were hired before November 27, 2022, there will be no change to the sick time bank; for those eligible, it will remain at a max of four hundred hours accrued as per the CBA.

For employees hired after November 27, 2022, the maximum bank will be one hundred and twenty hours (120) hours.

The vote for this offer will be:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022,
from 10 am – 12 pm & 4 pm to 6 pm
in the main lunchroom at the
Central Alberta Deer Park Co-op.

All Union members from that Main store, the Central Alberta Deer Park Co-op pharmacy and The Central Alberta Co-op Downtown Pharmacy are eligible to vote.

Please see a copy of the Letter of Understand that your Employer has proposed:

 Re: Short-Term Disability & Sick Time

Employees shall be covered by Short-Term Disability, subject to the rules and regulations of the plan. It is understood that the premiums of the Short-Term Disability Plan will be equally cost shared between the Co-operative and the employee.

With the introduction of the Short-Term Disability Plan, the waiting period for the Long-Term Disability Plan, shall change to be ninety (90) days and subject to the rules and regulations of the plan.

Should an employee be eligible for and able to apply for an applicable Short-Term Disability Plan, they must make such an application subject to the rules and regulations of the plan. Once the waiting period of the Short-Term Disability Plan has elapsed; Employees shall no longer be eligible to utilize accrued sick time if available for that specific Short-Term Disability claim application. Disability payments for approved claims will be paid directly to the employee by the Disability Plan provider.

Effective upon the date of the introduction, the following shall apply to sick time accrual:

  • Eligible employees hired on November 27, 2022, and after:
  • Upon hire, an eligible Team Member shall begin to accrue sick time for each pay period to a maximum bank of one hundred and twenty (120) hours.
  • Eligible employees hired prior to November 27, 2022:
  • Team Members who are eligible for benefits, and who were employed prior to November 27, 2022, shall continue to accrue sick time for each pay period to a maximum bank of four hundred (400) hours.”

If you have any further questions, please reach out to your Union Labour Relations Officer, Charmaine St. Germain, at 403- 342-0150 ext. 1709 or

 For a printable version of this document, click here.