Winter Break starts on Friday after work – Yay! For those on holidays and the 10 month employees, please enjoy this well-deserved time off.
We are pleased to announce that the CUPE Children’s Christmas Drive-thru was a big success. Santa and his Elves served over 120 cars and gave away approximately 350 gifts. Thanks to all the student and CUPE volunteers.
The next General Meeting is January 29th. The elections and acclamations will be taking place at this meeting.
CUPE 3523 Executive
CUPE supports our LGBTQ2+ members. Below is information posted on the CUPE BC website. We encourage all members to read the many articles available on their website as well as the statement copied below on the Kamloops Residential School Discovery.
CUPE is a proud advocate for LGBTQ2+ rights. Our commitment is to fight against discrimination and hate in our workplaces and in our communities.
Through the work of our Pink Triangle Committee and with our coalition partners, we’ve helped make strides for LGBTQ2+ people in Canada and internationally.
We work every day to ensure our LGBTQ2+ members can work in a discrimination and harassment-free environment.
CUPE BC Statement on Kamloops Residential School Discovery
CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta today issued the following statement on behalf of the CUPE BC Executive Board.
The discovery last week of a mass burial site containing the bodies of 215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School is a terrible but important reminder that Canada’s racist and genocidal approach to First Nations peoples is not a relic of a distant past. The residential school system, which was designed to strip Indigenous children from their families, and then eliminate their language, culture and history, continued to operate until 1996.
Our hearts go out to all survivors of the residential school system, and particularly to members of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, on whose unceded territory the school operated until 1978. To read the statement from the Office of the Chief, click here.
We join with those urging donations to the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society here.
CUPE BC is urging all local governments across the province to lower flags to half-mast as an act of mourning and solidarity. We also join the BCTF in urging school boards to lower flags to half-mast at all schools in B.C., and we’re calling on all educators, support staff and students to wear orange from May 31 – June 4 as a form of reconciliation with Indigenous people. We encourage all members, regardless of sector, to wear orange as well.
We also urge all employers, regardless of whether in the public or private sectors to demonstrate their solidarity with survivors—if your workplace or business displays a flag, please lower it to half-mast.
To Indigenous CUPE members: we can only imagine the pain and trauma this news has caused, or reawakened. If you need help, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.
CUPE BC is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous people, and we encourage everyone to learn more about the horrific residential school system in Canada. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has excellent resources here. Specific information about the Missing Children and Burial Information can be found in the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation section 71-76.
Finally, non-Indigenous members in particular are encouraged to begin—or to continue—taking steps toward reconciliation. Indigenous people whose children were stolen want proper burials for their children; bring the children home.
January 29th General Meeting
The next CUPE General Meeting will be held on January 29th. We are tentatively planning to hold the meeting in person at Hollywood Road, Room 1, 9:00 a.m.
An email will be sent prior to the January meeting to ALL CUPE with a link attachment to sign up for the meeting. Sign up will be through SD23 Dashboard/Workshop Tile/Login as there is a limited number of participants allowed due to COVID restrictions.
The following are future General Meeting dates:
February 26, March 12, April 23, May 14, June 11
2019-2022 Collective Agreement
Click on the link below to view the 2019-2022 Collective Agreement
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.