CUPE 3523 Executive Message

Updated November 30, 2022

Hello everyone.

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.

We will be emailing those members who have sent us their personal emails on Friday, December 2nd with some bargaining information.

Just a reminder for all those members who have sent us personal emails, that we will be drawing for a $100 gift card from our personal email list just before Christmas.

Just a friendly reminder that the Children’s Christmas Drive-thru is Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 – 12:00 at Trinity Baptist Parking Lot.  Registrations have closed.  Santa and the Elves will be handing out over 300 gifts to children.

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/

November 26, 2022 General Meeting

The next CUPE General Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 26th at Hollywood Road, Room 2 – 9:30 a.m. as well as via ZOOM.  Nominations will be taken at this meeting.

Please read the following rules for the nomination process as per CUPE 3523 Bylaws:

You must be attending in person or via ZOOM to nominate someone for a position.  If the nominee cannot attend the meeting, they would have to sign a document stating that they would like their name to stand for that position and it must be witnessed.  If the signed document cannot be given to the person nominating them at the meeting, it can be scanned and emailed to the president at [email protected]

All members who are nominated at the meeting will have to respond if they accept or decline the nomination at the meeting.

Additionally, if you are nominating someone for Clerical, Custodial, Advocate, Operations, CEA or Transportation Shop Steward positions , the nominator must also be working in that department.

The person nominating MUST be there in person or via ZOOM.

Anyone can nominate someone for the positions of Secretary-Treasure, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Trustees.

Any questions or concerns, please email our office.

An email will be 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.

Please click on the link below to view the agenda:

November 26, 2022 General Meeting Agenda

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:  vacancy

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: Jessica Teasdale – [email protected]

Transportation:  John O’Flaherty – [email protected]