Member Update for September 20, 2020

Good Evening Members,

A “Thank you” to all the members that were able to join us yesterday for our General Membership meeting via Zoom, we are definitely getting better at these on-line meetings and we hope that more of you are able to join in at the November meeting.  We are currently working on having on-line access to the meeting minutes for those members that are unable to attend, more information to follow once we have this all set up.

We also want to remind members to please check your personal emails for detailed updates from the Union Executive.  We promise not to inundate you with email correspondence but you can expect to see one or two emails monthly as this is the best way to get lots of information out to the membership all at one time.  In the meantime please take some time to review the latest K-12 Bulletins:

Two years ago the Union Executive really started to focus on member engagement, part of that included site visits, however, often times our Custodial members were not able to join us, so this year we may look at popping by in the evenings during dinner break for a quick visit just to see how things are going and address any questions or concerns that our custodial members might have.  If this is something we are able to do, we will be sure to share out a schedule once we have the details worked out.

Earlier this year the Executive also decided that promoting CUPE 411 and acknowledging members for the work that they do should also be a priority.  As such the local purchased lanyards for each and every member and we will continue to deliver these out to sites for our members as well as include them in our CUPE 411 Welcome Packages for our Casual members.  The Local has also purchased golf umbrella’s, 3 for each site, for members to use that find themselves outside supervising students in the wet weather.  We will start getting these out to sites in the next week or two and have no doubt they will be put to good use soon enough.

Your Union also feels it important to acknowledge members who have suffered the loss of a loved one, or who are off due to a serious illness/injury.  We are asking for your help in sharing the name(s) of a member that has had a spouse, parent, or child pass away, or is recovering from a surgery or significant illness as we would love to be able to send them a plant along with a note on behalf of the Local.  Please feel free to send us an email at unionoffice@cupe411.ca or call the office at 604-392-1411 with any details you might have.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

COVID-19 Update for August 29, 2020

Did you know the Chilliwack School District has their 2020/2021 re-start plan, to include their health & safety protocols, posted on the home page of their website?

Did you know that SD#33 is offering a hybrid learning program to all Elementary and Middle school students?

Did you know that every School District in B.C. has been provided additional funding (August 27th segement) to support remote learning opportunities for students?

The Union encourages members to review all the relevant plans and protocols in order to have a clear understanding of the expectations in the workplace effective immediately.  The K-12 landscape is ever changing at present however if you have questions or concerns about what is currently being proposed we would encourage you to reach out to an elected Union Representative for guidance and support.

The Union will continue to provide regular updates whether they be from local, provincial (K-12 Bulletin – FAQ’s No.5), or national sources.  With so much credible information being shared by various industry professionals we feel members have a right to make their decisions based on ALL the information being presented and not just what one or two special interest groups may be serving up.

FYI:  Members are reminded to check their personal email’s for important updates from the Union.

CUPE BC K-12 Updates

With an ever changing landscape in the K-12 sector the Union has been waiting to see how things are going to unfold for the 2020-2021 school year.  In the meantime we will continue to publish the updates from CUPE BC’s K-12 President’s Council as the information is coming directly from our Union Reps that are engaged in discussions at the government level and we would hope that its accuracy may be of both interest and benefit to our members….

K-12 Bulletin FAQ’s No.2

K-12 Bulletin – FAQ’s No.3

K-12 Bulletin – FAQ’s No.4

IMPORTANT – COVID-19 Update for August 10, 2020

Good Evening Members,
To all CUPE 411 members that may be seeking a medical accommodation effective September 8, 2020 due to COVID-19.
If members have already received emails from the Districts H.R. Department asking for documentation to be completed the Union urges you to connect with an elected Union Representative prior to having your physician complete any such documents.
Our Employer should only be gathering information that pertains specifically to the  accommodation being sought and not personal information (i.e. medical diagnosis) as well as the type of accommodation; is it permanent or is there a time duration.  Also the Union should be involved in all of these discussions with our members to ensure that every request is handled in a fair and just manner. Members seeking a work place accommodation are always encouraged to “cc” an elected Union Representative of their choosing in on any email correspondence with the Employer in this regard.
If you want to know more about the “Duty to Accommodate“, or information surrounding the “Accommodation Process“, use the links embedded in this sentence.
With September 8th right around the corner we do not want to see members pressured into making decisions that are not in their best interest due to lack of time and limited access to their physician, therefore we are encouraging members to be proactive if a workplace accommodation is required for the 2020-2021 school year.  We look forward to speaking with you….
In Solidarity,
CUPE 411 Executive

Spring Break 2021 – Letter of Understanding

Your Union was able to reach an agreement with our Employer regarding the 2-week 2020-2021 Spring Break for all of our 10-month Members.  For details please see the link below:
Spring Break LOU 2020-2021

There are often questions that members have pertaining to these agreements therefore we have provided some FAQ’s that we hope you will find helpful.

Spring Break 2020-2021 – FAQ’s

The following diagram may also be a helpful guide:

2020 – 2021 Diagram CUPE Employee – Spring Break Minutes

Your Union is aware in the discrepancy in time being made up between the members who work less than 7 hours a day and those that do.  We had asked our Employer if that time (approx. 1.5 hrs) could be given to those staff who work less than 7 hours per day, to be used sometime during the school year when needed, unfortunately our request was denied.