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.
I participated in a ZOOM meeting for 2 hours with all the CUPE BC Presidents. We listened to all the presentations from the different sector groups. When the K-12 sector was presenting, they informed us that CUPE would be part of a committee along with BCPSEA and all partner groups. This committee will be meeting once a week until a decision is made on how the restart in September will proceed. Once they have that information, they will be sharing it with all K-12 Presidents. We’ll be in discussions with SD23 and together we will be sharing the information with staff.
Thanks to Colleen Elder, Custodial Shop Steward, for the following:
Whether your week was an hour or forty, at home or on site, or you had to change your shifts, CUPE wants to acknowledge all its members for persevering through these tough COVID times. Your flexibility and adaptability show your true devotion to your job and the students you serve. Many times, you have had to think outside the box, but the work always got done. Thank you to all of you! You are an amazing group of people who should be very proud of what you have been able to accomplish in only a few months!
The CUPE Executive will be working this summer with the School District and other partner groups on safety protocols and will be discussing how we move forward this September with school opening. The District will post information from the BC Government as we receive it.
As next week winds down the school year, whether you’re on layoff or taking holidays, please enjoy your summer.
All General Meetings Cancelled
All General Meetings are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. We are working with CUPE National re: how General Meetings will be held in the next school year.
2020 Spring Retirement Planning Workshop Cancelled
Updated April 1, 2020
Due to the pandemic, all Union Education workshops have been cancelled by CUPE BC until June 30th, which would include the June 4-6 Retirement Planning Workshop.
We are taking registrations for the November 5-7, 2020 Retirement Planning Workshop – which will be held at Hollywood Road. If you registered for the June 4-6 workshop, we have added your name to the November registration list.
Please note that members must have their supervisor’s permission in order to attend.
Registrants wages are paid for the Thursday & Friday attendance but please note that your relief is not paid by CUPE.
Spouses are welcome so please indicate in your email if your spouse will be attending.