2020 Election Results Are In……

Good Afternoon Members,

After a rather lengthy AGM we are please to share the names of the successful nominees in this year’s Election process:

2020 CUPE 411 – Elections Announcement

We will be sharing out more contact details in the coming weeks as there is going to be some transition time required for some of these positions.  Emails will not be switched over until after June 30th to allow for outgoing Executive to tidy up any loose ends.  However, if you do require immediate assistance and are unsure on who to speak with please email unionoffice@cupe411.ca or call 604-392-1411 and we will direct your inquiry accordingly.

Thanks again to everyone who allowed their names to stand for positions, we are encouraged to see the number of members that are looking to actively participate in our Union.  It speaks volumes to the work we have done when it comes to member engagement in the last two years, and there is nothing like a crisis to stir up activists when they see injustices unfolding all around them.

Congratulations again everyone and I hope to make this year ahead, one filled with passion and purpose!

In Solidarity,

Tracey O’Hara, Vice President  (Returning Officer for the 2020 Elections)

P.S. – A special shout out to my “wing-man” today, I couldn’t have done it without you Steve!

 

Important Election Instructions

Good Evening Members,

As you are all aware this Saturday, June 20, 2020 we will be hosting our first Annual General Meeting using a virtual platform and as such we felt it necessary to share some information pertaining to the instructions for the Election process:

CUPE 411 – June 20th AGM – Virtual Voting Instructions

If you have yet to register for the meeting please do so via the following link:

CUPE 411 – Annual General Meeting

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

 

 

 

CUPE 411 – Annual General Meeting

Good Evening Members,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year CUPE 411 is required to host our Annual General Meeting using an on-line virtual platform (ZOOM).

Please accept this advance invitation to register for virtual attendance at the June 20th CUPE 411 AGM.  You must have the ability to be on-camera in order to participate in this format.  You will be able to vote during the elections and participate in the meeting that will follow.  The Agenda for this year’s AGM will be posted on the CUPE 411 website on or before June 20th.

Here is the link where you can register to participate in the on-line AGM, you will have until 7:00pm on Friday, June 19th to submit your registration. You must use a personal e-mail account as your school district email will not be accepted.

CUPE 411 – Annual General Meeting

You will get a confirmation e-mail promptly after submitting your registration that will have the meeting details (i.e. date/time) along with the link to join the meeting as well as the password.

Every registration submission will be vetted and those that are not currently in good standing with CUPE 411 will have their registration removed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process you are asked to contact the Union office via telephone at 604-392-1411 or email at unionoffice@cupe411.ca prior to Friday, June 19, 2020.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

COVID-19 Member Update for June 9, 2020

CUPE National continues to provide us with information regarding COVID-19 and the workplace.  Their latest document, Employer Obligations for Returning to Work During COVID-19, is a must read and if you as a member feel as though your experience here in School District No.33 (Chilliwack) does not adhere to the statements made in this publication we would ask that you please either, phone (604-392-1411) or e-mail unionoffice@cupe411.ca and ask to speak to a Union representative.

We are working hard on gathering data from our members that have been threatened into taking an unpaid leave rather than accommodated, or who have been forced to use their leave benefit entitlements while awaiting a possible accommodation.  If members have not already been in contact with an elected Union representative your Union strongly urges that you do as it is our goal to correct these wrongs and ensure that you are all made whole.  Continuing to ‘cc’ your Union rep in on all email correspondence has been very helpful, and we encourage that you continue to do so.

Members who were required to self-quarantine despite not being sick but because of possible exposure to COVID-19, are asked to contact the Union to let us know if you were being financially compensated by the Employer during the isolation period, and not required to use your own “Sick” days.

CUPE BC’s K-12 website has also been a great ongoing source of information pertaining to COVID-19 and the staff working in this sector and we encourage members to take a few moments to review the latest updates.

In yesterday’s messaging from BC’s Health Minister, Mr. Adrian Dix stressed the duty to protect those among us who are most vulnerable but when you have an Employer who deliberately and purposefully is not willing to do this for its own workforce, it is nothing short of disappointing and incredibly discouraging.  Your Union knows that Employer’s who value and respect their workers would want to do whatever it takes to keep them safe and keep them working.

As Union leaders we are committed to advocating for members rights, however labourious that may be, and hope that we are able to effect change for the betterment of our membership in the workplace.

Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Remember…..”You are the Union”!

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

 

COVID-19 Member Update for May 31, 2020

Good Evening Members,

With operational costs (i.e. fuel and staff replacements) plummeting for the months of April and May only to be followed up with what the Union believes to be marginal increases in supply purchases.  It would appear that even in the midst of a crisis there is no end to which this employer will go to save money on the backs of its support staff for their new school projects.

While other Districts have enshrined their commitment to health and safety in writing with regards to personal protective equipment to those front-line staff who provide first aid or personal care, this Employer emphatically refuses to do so.  It would appear that meeting the minimum health and safety requirements as laid out by the Province and its affiliates is all this Employer is prepared to do despite the glaringly obvious concerns that have been presented to them.

Instead of forcing members to take a Leave Without Pay other Districts are working collaboratively with their Union’s leadership to ensure adequate and timely accommodations are being made to those workers who are medically compromised or live with someone that is.  However, our Employer continues to throw up barriers every step of the way, forcing members to first use up their benefit entitlements and then ultimately have to choose between their own health, or those that they love, and a paycheque, when many are ready, willing and able to continue to support the system or the students remotely.

Your Union believes that all members should feel safe while in their respective workplaces and that your physical, emotional, and mental health should be the primary consideration, not just in the wake of this pandemic, but always.  It is well known that our Employer has been incapable of protecting many of our members on a good day in this District given the outrageous number of violent workplace incidents that are reported; a vast majority go unreported due to internal pressures. As many of our members are repeatedly subjected to being physically attacked (punched, kicked, spit on, bitten) and/or verbally abused (screamed at with profanity or threatened).  To suggest that our members will not be faced with these same behaviours upon the resumption of in-class instruction is simply not a rationale expectation and to deny them the tools necessary to protect themselves is nothing short of shameful.

The notion that public schools are controlled environments is simply absurd.  With staff who have keys to come and go from sites as they please, limited ability to clean touch surfaces and washrooms throughout the day, no ability to ensure those arriving on site are not “A/PRE” Symptomatic or have been adhering to the strict guidelines within their own personal bubbles, it is reasonable to conclude that our K-12 environments are at best, marginally controlled.

Members are asked to please email unionoffice@cupe411.ca if you have been forced to take a leave without pay, requested a workplace accommodation (granted/denied), requested access to protective equipment to do your work safely and been denied, or had to use your benefit entitlements for anything other than what they were intended (i.e. Sick time to Self-Isolate when you are not symptomatic).

Your Union believes that a positive and proactive approach to the health and safety for all workers in the Chilliwack School District not only benefits the members of Local 411, but everyone within the system and not just today, but every day.  So, we encourage members to continue to advocate for themselves and we respectfully ask for support from the K-12 Stakeholders in our community as we navigate our new normal.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

CUPE 411 – Member Opportunity

During the 2019 Bargaining, under the Provincial Framework Agreement the government had provided each School District with a set amount of monies known as Service Improvement Funds.  As a result of the negotiations with the Employer part of those funds has been set aside to provide our members an educational opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to the work done in supporting students, however direct or indirect that might be, here in the Chilliwack School District.

For more information and to complete the on-line application we would ask that you visit the School District website:

CUPE Skills, Training and Enhancement Fund

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Union President for more details, as the work put into setting up the Terms of Reference and the Application for this fund was a joint venture and we are pleased to say it was handled in a very respectful and collaborative manner.

Please NoteAt this time the applications are going to Diego Testa, but you can also “cc” president@cupe411.ca, until such time as a joint school district email account has been set up for this application process.

Member Update for March 28, 2020

Just a quick F.Y.I. to our Members,

To all our members who provide Personal Care (i.e. toileting), or perform other Medical Procedures (i.e. catheterization) while in our K-12 settings, this is the exact work that our front-line health care providers do and your Union believes you should be afforded the same access to equipment that nurses are privy to, which is any piece of personal protective equipment that you feel is necessary for you to perform such duties safely.

For all those First Aid Attendants in our membership one of the first things you are taught when providing first aid is to assess the scene, by asking yourself the question, “Is it safe?”, if the answer is “NO”, call 911!

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive