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


Printable – Pro-D Opportunites for CUPE 2018-2019

Member Engagement

Coming to a site near you…..

With the start of another school year, this brings with it new staff and at times new challenges.  Your elected Union representatives are committed to engaging with members face-to-face in order to ensure accurate information and messaging is being presented and to address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Please see the following schedule to know when and where your Union President, 1st & 2nd Vice Presidents, and Chief Shop Steward will be hosting a meeting at your work site.


Topics of Discussion:

  • Post & Fill Process – Employee Status / Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Job Descriptions – Roles & Responsibilities
  • Leave of Absences – Short & Long-term / Personal
  • Health & Safety – JOHS Committees / Reporting
  • Education & Training – Pro-D / Collab

We welcome your input in advance and therefor if you have any burning questions or pressing issues that you would like an immediate answer for please do not hesitate to submit an email to

CUPE 411 – Table Officers

Printable – Member Engagement – Site Visits




Your CUPE 411 Executive would like to extend a HUGE “Thank you” to those twelve month employees that worked tirelessly this past July and August to ensure all of our sites were ready to go for staff and students on September 4th. Your commitment, dedication along with your professional standards are a reflection of CUPE 411 and it pleases us to say that you have represented not only yourselves but your Union incredibly well.

With the first week already under our belts, we hope that our ten month members have had an opportunity to get settled into their sites, some of which may be new, as well as into their respective assignments and are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding year ahead!

With our District being one of the fastest growing in the province, coupled with an extensive overhaul to the delivery of instruction in the form of grade reconfiguration, we anticipate there may be some growing pains felt by members in all of our Divisions; we would ask that you take on your duties and responsibilities with a positive attitude and should you encounter problems along the way please ask for help. We are all in this together and supporting one-another is the best possible approach to a happy and healthy work environment.

We have an enthusiastic group of Shop Stewards that are eager to take on the challenge of representing members from all our Divisions, along with an experienced group of Table Officers committed to face-to-face member engagement coupled with effective and accurate communication.

There is an open-door policy at our Union office and we welcome feedback from all our members, both good and bad, as it is important for us to know what we are doing right and where there is room for improvement.

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 say “Thank You” in advance for the work you do and best wishes for a successful and enjoyable year ahead!

CUPE 411 Executive


Printable: CUPE Quarterly 09-09-18


Member Update……

To those members who have decided to sit on their sites JOHS committees this is just a friendly reminder of the training opportunities, both mandatory for new JOHS committee members as well as the annual Health & Safety training; that the District will be hosting for 2018-2019.

This year the District will be offering more than one opportunity for the annual training allowing members to pick an option that will best fit their work and/or personal commitments, see below for details:

Please be sure to view the Districts “CONNECT 33”  weekly memo for further details on the respective training sessions (content & location) and the registration process.

If you have any further questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the Union’s Health & Safety representative for assistance at

Attachment: JOHS Committee Training Opportunities 2018-2019