CUPE 411 – Election Update

Thanks to all the members that were able to give up some time on their Saturday morning to attend today’s A.G.M. where we held Elections for those positions whose terms had expired.  We want to congratulate the following members who secured another term of office or who are taking on a new position.

Table Officers:

  • 1st Vice President (2yr) – Dale Obirek
  • 2nd Vice President (1yr) – Matt Kohanik
  • Treasurer (1yr) – Debbie Street
  • Secretary (1yr) – April Mancinelli
  • Chief Shop Steward (1yr) – Kari Miller

Shop Stewards:

  • Assistants (2yr) – Lorie McLaren
  • Clerical (2yr) – Tammy Lambert
  • Custodial (2yr) – Jeff Kasper
  • Maintenance (1yr) – Cody Beyer

Other Elected Positions:

  • Trustee (3yr) – Ruth Neufeldt
  • Sergeant-at-Arms – Sharon Engstrom

Vacant Positions:

  • Assistants Shop Steward (1yr)
  • Transportation Shop Steward (1yr)

Elections for these two vacancies will take place at the September 2023 membership meeting; date/time TBA.

We want to extend a huge “Thank you” to those elected officials who did not run again, we very much appreciate all the time and energy you have put in to our Local and wish you every success in your future endeavours.

In Solidarity


We encourage all members to come out and take part in CUPE 411’s 2023 Annual General Meeting.  Effective leadership happens when members exercise their right to vote for those nominees who possess both the passion and the skill set to represent members as well as perform the work that is required behind the scenes that helps make our Local strong.

If you want to know what you can expect in terms of the Election Process please take a moment to view the following:

CUPE 411 – AGM Election Process

In Solidarity


CUPE 411 – Professional Development Day

On Friday, April 28th the Union and our Employer have teamed up to offer a series of Pro-D Sessions that are tailored specifically for our K-12 Support Staff.

This Pro-D is open to ALL CUPE members regardless of your Division and we encourage any interested members to sign-up for a session or two and join us for an engaging day of in class learning, or an active and engaging outdoor excursion.

Growing Together April 28th CUPE Pro-D

Program Registration closes at noon on April 24th so please don’t delay and sign-up today…..


Casual members are welcome to register for session and may be eligible to be compensated for the day by way of the CUPE Skills, Training and Enhancement Fund.

We also want to hear your feedback on this years sessions and would welcome suggestions for next year, please email your ideas to


International Women’s Day – March 8th

While our Union seeks to honour all its workers it is important to recognize that the majority of the K-12 Support Staff is comprised of female members and of those members a significant number of them would be considered precarious workers.  With less than full-time hours and taking on some of the most hazardous work in the sector, its clearly their love for supporting students that keeps them coming back day in and day out.

The Union remains committed to fighting for whole jobs with protections in place from the violence that our women are being subjected to on a daily basis!

In Solidarity

ARTICLE 17.8 – Immunization/Communicable Diseases

The above noted article reads as follows:

Where an employee has classroom contacts with persons who are known to have persistent hepatitis B antigenemia and who show aggressive behaviour and where the employee shows negative to surface antigen tests, the Employer will cover the costs of hepatitis B virus vaccination.

The Employer will also provide or fund an annual flu vaccination program subject to availability from Public Health.

As such the Employer has made arrangements at the Fraser Valley Travel Clinic for members who meet the above criteria to have access to the Hepatitis B vaccination.  Details have been shared out on CONNECT 33 and the registration form can be accessed below:

Hepatitis B Registration Notice v2

The completed forms must be returned to the clinic Doctor in order to register for the vaccination schedule.

Members who are unsure if they meet the language requirements are welcome to inquire with the Union via email at or can reach out directly to an Elected Representative.

CUPE Local 561 Needs our Support…..

On Monday, February 27th at 12:00pm, CUPE Local 561 is holding a rally at Abbotsford City Hall in support of members working for First Transit in the Fraser Valley. These members urgently need your support in order to get the fair deal that they deserve.

How you can support:

RSVP to the rally on Facebook here:

Sign and share the online action to show your support:

Print copies of the attached poster and share it with your colleagues, family, and friends

CUPE 561 Poster

Thank you for your support!

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

CUPE 411 – Ratification Meeting – UPDATE

CUPE Local 411 members voted in favour to accept the Local MoA & PFA details that were put before them at Saturday’s Ratification Meeting (Vote).  While this may have not been the deal that everyone was hoping for, it was the best deal the Team was able to achieve given the circumstances.

The Local’s Bargaining Team and Executive members want to extend a “Thank you” to all the members that were able to attend Saturday’s meeting as well as to those members that stepped up to volunteer and assist in helping making the event run smoothly from start to finish.

The meeting details will be emailed out to the membership shortly and members with questions or concerns are welcome to reach out directly to members of the bargaining team for clarification.  Members are always welcome to provide feedback to the Union and can do so by emailing or by calling 604-392-1411, and we  endeavour to return all messages within 48-hours.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Bargaining Team & Executive

CUPE 411 Ratification Meeting – UPDATE

Good Afternoon Members,

The Union will be hosting our Ratification Meeting/Vote on Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 2:00-4:00pm in the gymnasium at Chilliwack Secondary School. (see link below for additional details)

February 2023 – Ratification Meeting Notice

We are not able to hold two separate meetings, nor are we able to support any type of “hybrid” model.  Due to time constraints we were unable to delay the meeting date due to predetermined deadlines, “Yes” we are aware this is the long-weekend.

Members will be required to sign-in prior to entering the meeting space, and all new members that have not been sworn in will be required to do so before the meeting commences in order to be eligible to vote.

Details pertaining to the Memorandum of Agreement will be shared out at the meeting and will be reviewed and discussed and members will be afforded opportunity to seek clarity on any of the items presented prior to voting.

Childcare may be available, please see the meeting notice in the link above for more details.

In Solidarity

CUPE 411 – Bargaining Committee

CUPE 411 – Bargaining Update

The Union is able to report that after a 15-hour bargaining session at the Vancouver Labour Board yesterday, with the help of a mediator, we were able to reach a tentative local agreement with our Employer.

Details of the M.O.A. will be shared during the ratification meeting as the committee feels it important to bring everyone together at the same time to hear directly from us where we landed and why.  We can say at this time that we refused to accept any significant concessionary language and were able to achieve some reasonable gains.

We hope to have secured a venue for an in-person ratification meeting prior to the end of February, the details will be emailed to members as well as posted on our website and the Union’s Facebook page.

The Bargaining team wants to extend a “Thank you” to all our members for their patience and understanding as we navigated yet another difficult round of bargaining.

Stay tuned for more information as we look forward to seeing you all at the ratification meeting……

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Bargaining Committee