There will be a special CUPE meeting re: Ratification or Strike vote:

November 23, 2019 –  Hollywood Road, Room 1 (Gym)

9:30 a.m.

Hi Everyone,

The Bargaining Committee will be meeting on November 18th, 20th, and 22nd.  We are hopeful that we will come to an agreement on the new Collective Agreement between School District 23 and CUPE Local 3523.

There are 3 options that could result following the bargaining meetings:

  1.  We have an agreement with School District 23 and we call for a ratification vote at this meeting

  2. We have no agreement with School District 23 and CUPE Local 3523 will call for a strike vote at this meeting

  3. We have no agreement with School District 23 and both sides decide to go to mediation and this special meeting would then be cancelled

The purpose of this meeting will be to explain and ratify the new Collective Agreement and Provincial Framework.   Because  our Bylaws require a 72 hour notice for special meetings, we will not know which option this meeting will be addressing as our bargaining meeting dates end on the 22nd.

We will post, on our website, which option this meeting will be addressing on Friday afternoon, November 22nd.

Will explain this process in further detail at the November 16th General Meeting.

Thank you

CUPE Local 3523





2019-2020 CUPE Executive:

President:  David Tether

Vice President:  Teri Wishlow

Recording Secretary:  Julie Melia

Secretary Treasurer:  Kieran Fahy

Shop Stewards:

Sergeant-At-Arms:  John O’Flaherty

General:  Ronn Dunn

Clerical:  Shelley Yost

Custodial:  Colleen Elder

Indigenous Advocate:  Simone Gauthier

Operations:  Ron Hoekstra

Student Support Services:  Denise Mott, Michelle Price

Transportation:  Duane Wheatley



CUPE General  Meeting  – January 18, 2020

Location:  Hollywood Road Education Services, Room 2


2019-2020 CUPE General Meetings:

January 18, 2020;   February 8, 2020;   March 7, 2020;   April 18, 2020;   May 23, 2020;   June 13, 2020

2014-2019 Collective Agreement

Click on the link below to view the 2014-2019 Collective Agreement.

Collective Agreement 2014-2019 pdf

President's Message

Hi everyone,

Can you believe November is around the corner and Christmas break is less than 2 months away?

Local bargaining is ongoing.  The CUPE Bargaining Committee met with the Employer’s Bargaining Committee October 1st, 21st and 25th.  We are meeting again on October 31st, November 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th and will share information at the General Election Meeting on November 16th.  The October 25th bargaining went well and we were able to sign off approximately six (6) proposal agreements.

Our startup for the school year did not go smoothly for transportation due to all the changes in routes, riders eligibility, courtesy riders, etc.  All other departments had their usual startup issues and also growing pains as our District has increased in population by approximately 450 students.

We’ve had very good turnouts for our General Meetings – as many as 100 and the lowest was 30.  Just want to remind everyone that there are many new administrators and managers in the District.  They are new to our Collective Agreement so please, if you feel you have been given wrong information, contact your shop steward.

We’ve had many calls and emails from members asking how to contact shop stewards regarding their questions or concerns.  For your convenience, the following is a list of shop stewards and their email addresses.

Clerical/Library Assistant:  Shelley Yost –

Custodial:  Colleen Elder –

General (Student Supervisors):  Ronn Dunn –

Indigenous Advocate:  Simone Gauthier –

Operations: Ron Hoekstra –

Student Support Services:  Teri Wishlow –

Student Support Services:  Vacancy

Transportation:  Duane Wheatley –

CUPE Local 3523 strives for fairness, equality, and a harassment-free workplace.  Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels.

Thank you,

David Tether, President