CUPE 3523 Executive Message

Updated September 28, 2022

Hello everyone.

The first month of school has gone by so fast.  We hope everyone has settled back into your jobs.  For the 12 month employees, thanks for all your hard work over the summer ensuring all schools and sites were ready for staff and students.

There will be a lot of important information coming from CUPE.  We would like to forward this information to your personal email.  If you have not already done so, please email our office with your personal email address.  Your email address will never be shared with anyone; it’s only for us to send you important information.

A bulletin was emailed to ALL CUPE outlining the tentative agreement.  Please review the tentative agreement and all emails coming from our office.

There is a special meeting this Saturday, October 1st.  Unfortunately, we have to hold this meeting following the Truth and Reconciliation long weekend as the tentative agreement was reached so late and we start bargaining the week after Thanksgiving.  We will be highlighting the main parts of the tentative agreement and sharing all the proposals that the Union will be bringing forth to the employer (approximately 30).  At the end of this meeting we will also be asking the members in attendance for a strike mandate which means what you are willing to go on strike for.

There are many opportunities for participation at Truth and Reconciliation events.  Also, the following weekend is Thanksgiving.  If you are celebrating with family or friends, please enjoy.

The list of the 2022-2023 Executive is located on this home page at the bottom.

CUPE 3523 Executive

Important Updates

CUPE Information and Bulletins are available for viewing at: https://bcschools.cupe.ca/

September 24, 2022 General Meeting

The next CUPE General Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 24th at Hollywood Road, Room 2 – 9:30 a.m. as well as via ZOOM.

An email was sent to ALL CUPE with a link attachment to sign up for the meeting.  Sign up is through SD23 Dashboard/Workshop Tile/Login.  Only those members registered are able to attend.

Attached below is the agenda:

GM-AGENDA-Sep 24 ’22

2019-2022 Collective Agreement

Click on the link below to view the 2019-2022 Collective Agreement

Collective Agreement 2019-2022 (002)

Public Education Benefits Trust (PEBT)

PEBT Civil Litigation Bulletin - January 6, 2021

Please click on the link below to read the PEBT bulletin.

PEBT Civil Litigation Bulletin – January 2021

MPP Redesign

CUPE BC will be hosting a series of information webinars for CUPE members on the Plan Partners BC Municipal Pension Plan Redesign changes.

Please read the information in the link below for further details.

MPP Redesign

SIA Fund in Effect as of July 1, 2020

Attention CEAs,

The Union has received a few phone calls from CEAs who have attended staff meetings at their schools and thought they were being paid to attend the meetings because of the SIA (Service Improvement Allocation) Fund.

The SIA Fund does not take effect until July 1, 2020.  The fund will only cover 1 staff meeting per month up to one hour held outside of school hours.

For other departments, please also note that the date the SIA Fund takes effect is July 1, 2020.

Changes to MSP

UPDATED: December 11, 2019

The following MSP information is from the School District and was emailed to ALL STAFF today just to give you a heads up about the changes in MSP and the new process.  This new process will start in 90 days and SD23 will email  information to ALL STAFF closer to that date.  Until then, all changes are made through the Payroll Department at SD23.

Last Friday, all employees received an email to inform you that the District processed your last MSP premium deduction in November 2019.

To further explain, MSP premiums will be eliminated January 1, 2020, however the MSP program will continue to provide provincially insured health care benefits for eligible BC residents.  Those employees with existing MSP coverage do not need to re-apply.

The District plans to cancel their Group MSP Plan in the coming weeks but the process will take up to 90 days to complete.  As our District’s Group Plan is cancelled, the Ministry of Health and Health Insurance BC (HIBC) will automatically transfer you and any existing dependents to a self-administered MSP account.  Until you are notified, contact the District’s payroll department for any changes.

As HIBC begins this transfer in the spring, each individual will be notified and will become personally responsible for keeping their individual MSP accounts up to date.

• Update your personal information, or information for other individuals on your account (including name, date of birth, or gender);

• Add and/or remove a spouse (including Common-law) or child(ren); and/or

• Update your status in Canada (e.g.: obtain a new work permit, study permit, or confirmation of permanent residence).

More Information:

1 – Questions re: your MSP coverage, visit www.gov.bc.ca/MSP or contact HIBC (1-800-663-7100);

2 – To request an MSP Account Confirmation letter that will verify MSP enrolment status for one or more individuals on your MSP account, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/confirmMSPaccount;

3 – Any further questions, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/msp-premium-elimination-jan-1-2020

4.  Changes on your personal MSP form are no longer made by the District.  Members log in and make their own changes.

2022-2023 CUPE Executive:

President:  David Tether – [email protected]

Vice President:  Teri Wishlow – [email protected]

Recording Secretary:  Julie Melia – [email protected]

Secretary Treasurer:  Kieran Fahy – [email protected]

Shop Stewards:

Sergeant-At-Arms:  John O’Flaherty – [email protected]

General:  Ronn Dunn – [email protected]

Clerical:  Shelley Yost – [email protected]

Custodial:  Dean Armstrong – [email protected]

Indigenous Advocate:  Simone Gauthier – [email protected]

Operations:  George York – [email protected]

Student Support Services:  Meran Couzens – [email protected]

Student Support Services:  vacancy

Transportation:  vacancy