CUPE Quarterly – December 2018


There has been a common theme amongst many members and it is that this year’s school start-up has been the most demanding both physically and mentally.  From our clerical division that has experienced decreases in hours while technological demands increase, to all of those members in the Assistants and Transportation divisions who have been deeply impacted with change as a result of the grade reconfiguration.  We applaud your ability to keep a positive attitude while in the throes of such chaos and confusion and hope that everyone has been able to weather the storm unscathed.

We would like to extend a HUGE “Thank you” to all the members that were able to join us at our first ever Site Visits.  From September 20 – November 30 we managed to visit every site in the District and were even invited back to meet with members that couldn’t connect the first time around.  Please be sure to attend our January 2019 General Meeting for a full report.

For this quarter we would like to acknowledge the following members for their years of service as a member of CUPE 411:


35 Years
Dane Gehman        
25 Years
Kellie Finley Karen Gee Linda McKay Carla Tizzard Marilyn Ward
15 Years
Lynnette Adams Elvira Adrovic Ruby Anderton Susan Darby Dolores Graham
Ruth Grier Cynthia Moore Duane Schroeder Lorne Scott Cindy Snukuts
Korilea Soltys Heidi Vance Laura Wiens    
5 Years
Theresa Alexander Vanessa Becker Tammy Bernard Tamilee Bye Kerry Cameron
Alejandro Castro Kim Challman Christine Cooley Heather Corrigan Melanie Duffy
Susan Gemmell Tami Hellinger Jocelyn Holden Dave McCrae Loretta McLaren
Tara Perkins Deana Portier Dawn Rideout Mandy Ruth Medina Skinner
Susan Sommerville Shari Stobbs Joanne Stolz Duong Trieu Carina Trout

Please be sure to visit our website at for contact information, meeting dates/times, and any other relevant details pertaining to our Union.

We would like to wish all our CUPE Brothers & Sisters a well-deserved winter break; with time spent enjoying family, friends and loved ones ……..”Happy Holidays”

CUPE 411 Executive

CUPE supports postal workers

Canada’s striking postal workers have the full support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its 665,000 members nationwide.

During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau called out the Harper government for “rolling back many fundamental labour rights that affect workers’ ability to organize freely, bargain collectively in good faith, and work in a safe environment.” Yet here we are today, watching the Liberal government under Prime Minister Trudeau legislating striking postal workers back to work.

His predecessor, Stephen Harper, did the same in 2011, but with one important difference: at least Stephen Harper allowed for a debate in Parliament. The Liberal government’s draconian procedural measures have ensured its back-to-work legislation will sail through the House of Commons in a matter of a few hours.

Postal workers have been on rotating strikes to demand equal pay and safer workplaces. But rather than allow them the opportunity to collectively bargain for fairness and safety in their jobs, causes the Liberals claim to support, the government has come down squarely in the corner of management. This decision from Trudeau and Employment Minister Patty Hajdu sets a dangerous precedent and sends a clear message to employers everywhere: don’t bother bargaining, we’ll bail you out.

Collective bargaining is how meaningful progress is made in the lives and livelihoods of working people. That’s why it’s a right protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. Trudeau had a choice to make this week and, unfortunately, he has chosen to join the ranks of Stephen Harper and others who worked to undermine those rights, rather than respect and strengthen them. In tabling this legislation, Trudeau has betrayed not just postal workers, but all working people in Canada.

Professional Development & Collaboration Opportunities for 2018-2019

We believe it critical that all our members have the opportunity to actively participate in workshops and training sessions that will provide them with the skills and knowledge to not only enhance but also enrich their work experience.

We are committed to working with the Employer to bring both engaging and meaningful content that will allow members to face the challenges in their worksites with confidence and pride.

Mental Health issues have been at the forefront as of late and are thus driving the need for a deeper understanding on how we recognize, and also manage, challenging behaviours.  The School Districts Learning Services Department will be hosting the following sessions on “Mental Health Literacy”, and the Union would like to encourage members to take advantage of this training opportunity.

The course is being offered as follows:

Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC)

  • Times: 8:30am-11:00am or 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Dates: October 5th, 19th & February 22nd


Learning Services Department

  • Times: 8:30am-11:00am or 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Dates: May 3rd

There will also be an opportunity for those who participate in one the 2.5 hour session to be eligible to take the UBC online self-paced course on Mental Health Literacy to which a Certificate will be issued and any costs to members will be reimbursed by Student Services upon successful completion.

Every member in each of our Divisions has the potential to work in and around children, if we are all able to understand and have a deeper awareness of the words used when discussing mental health it can only lead to a positive experience and outcome for all involved.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for training ideas and educational opportunities, please feel free to call or email Tracey O’Hara at 604-819-2881 or


CUPE 411 Executive


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