CUPE BC/National K-12 Update

Here are a couple of bulletins that may be of interest to members:

We also received information from CUPE National and BCPSEA pertaining to the Health & Safety survey that all K-12 CUPE members in BC and their Employers were asked to complete in February of this year.  Please see the letter surmising this initiative as well as the extensive details of the survey results….



As a result of the Elections on Saturday, May 15th, we had a few Elected Officials that shifted positions and as such we will need to hold a “Special Meeting Notice” on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:30am.  The Union will be seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • Assistants Shop Steward (1 year)
  • Custodial Shop Steward (1 year)
  • Trustee (3 year)
  • Trustee (1 year)

The meeting will be held via Zoom and details will be emailed out a week prior as well as posted on the website.

We would like to congratulate those members that secured positions on the Executive Board at the AGM and look forward to completing our team on the 12th.

We also want to extend a HUGE “Thank you” to our outgoing Executive members that chose not to seek re-election but have spent many years representing members and advocating on behalf of the membership.  Their presence will surely be missed but we wish them all the best in their future endeavours….

  • Carla Tizzard
  • Eileen DeCoste
  • Glenda Johnson
  • Roman Vlaanderan



CUPE 411 – Annual General Meeting – May 15, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, again 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 May 15, CUPE 411 AGM .  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 May 14th.

Here is the link where you can register to participate in the on-line AGM, you will have until 9:00am on Saturday, May 15th to submit your registration. You must use a personal e-mail account as your school district email will not be accepted.

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.  Some other information that attendees might find helpful is our AGM-ZOOM Meeting Etiquette.

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 prior to Friday, May 14th, 2021.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive

2022 Bargaining Team Update

The Elections for the CUPE 411 Bargaining team are now complete and your Union is proud to announce the following representatives for the respective divisions:

  • Assistants ( – Wendi Omeasoo, Aboriginal Education Assistant
  • Clerical – Jenn Wellwood, Child & Youth Care Worker
  • Custodial – Jeff Kasper, Custodian 3
  • Maintenance – Josh Bouthot, Information Technology Support
  • Transportation – Tracey O’Hara, Transportation Clerk/Bus Driver

The Union President, currently Dale Obirek, will also be a representative on the team, and our CUPE National Servicing Representative, currently David Scott will be the Union’s spokesperson at the table during the negotiations.

More information regarding meeting dates/times as well as contact information for each of the representatives will be emailed out to the members in due time and we will dedicate a page on the website for Bargaining Updates/Information.

We also would like to extend a “Thank you” to those members that allowed their names to stand for a seat on this committee but were not successful in securing one.  We want to encourage those members to continue advocating for your division and to consider running for an Executive position at our upcoming AGM on May 15, 2021.

In Solidarity



National Day of Mourning

To all those who have lost their lives as a result of a workplace incident we humbly pay our respects to you and your loved ones.  In the wake of your sacrifice we will continue to advocate for stronger worker protections and  hold Employers accountable for their responsibility in providing a safe and healthy workplace for all their workers.

In Solidarity

CUPE 411 Executive



IMPORTANT REMINDER – Bargaining Election Meetings

Please check your emails for an important email about CUPE 411 Bargaining Committee Elections! They start tomorrow on zoom.
April 28 at 6pm-Assistants Division
April 29 at 6pm-Clerical Division
April 30 at 6pm-Transportation Division
May 1 at 830am-Maintenance Division
May 1 at 10am-Custodial Division

All the info and zoom links are in the email.

IMPORTANT – Member Update for April 18, 2021

Good Evening Members,

On the evening of Tuesday, April 13, 2021 our Employer, School District No.33 (Chilliwack) presented their 2021-2022 Budget at the “Public” Board of Trustees meeting. For those of you that were not able to attend this on-line presentation the details can be found on the District’s website.  CUPE Local 411 is facing $384,070 in cuts to support staff jobs at the Secondary level, and it is worth noting that our Employer has now put the staffing decisions on the shoulders of the various School Principal’s.

It is important to know that there has only been a 12% increase in permanent CUPE members since 2015, while in some of the departments at the District office there been an 80% increase in excluded staffing positions. The Union finds it quite shameful that this Employer is cutting services at the direct point of contact to students, while refusing to trim the fat in their own departments; all while shifting the blame to staffing cuts to the administrative team at the sites.  It was also noted that absenteeism is costing the District upwards of six million dollars annually, but instead of addressing what the Union believes to be one of the contributing factors to this (i.e., Violence in the Workplace), we see very little effort being made to deal with this systemic issue.

As a result of this latest announcement your Union is advising members right now to stop performing work outside the scope of your job descriptions and to stop performing any unpaid work unless you are being directed by your immediate supervisor to do either.  If you are being directed to perform work outside your job description or without pay you need to contact a Shop Steward immediately so that the Union can file a grievance against this Employer.

Please keep in mind that the Employer or their representatives are not permitted to threaten, coerce, or intimidate members into doing work for free, hazardous work, or work that is not within the scope of their job description.  Nor are they permitted to continue to increase workloads, decrease staffing, and then bring in volunteers.  This type of practice is considered to be contracting out which is not permitted under our collective agreement.  If you feel you are being singled out because you are standing up for your rights, please keep track of specific details such as who said what, where and when, or if you feel you are being targeted (i.e., arbitrary changes to your work assignment, being directed to work without a Staff Safety Plan in place, etc.) then we want to hear about it.  The Union will not tolerate our members being bullied into submission or deliberately put in harms way; we are quite prepared to start filing grievances where appropriate.

For the last two years your Union has attempted to build and grow respectful working relationships with our Employer and their representatives, and while there are some members of the Employers team that see the value in this, it has become evident that others do not, and they would prefer to take an adversarial approach in working with the Union.  While the Union finds this most unfortunate, we have no choice but to proceed in a manner that supports our members rights and entitlements as we are not prepared to give up or ignore what those before us fought so hard to achieve.

You Union has created a “Feedback” section on the home page of our website, and we would encourage members to access this and assists us in identifying where these problem areas are so that we can formally address them.  Members are also reminded to check their personal emails on a weekly basis as we have been sending out sensitive correspondence using this medium.

Members with immediate concerns or pressing questions can contact the Union Office via phone at 604-392-1411 or email

In Solidarity,

CUPE 411 Executive