Victoria inside K-12 support workers ratify tentative agreement

VICTORIA — CUPE 947, representing K-12 support workers at School District 61, ratified their tentative agreement on July 4 following six sessions of bargaining that began in May.

CUPE 947 President Jane Massy praised the Local’s bargaining team for conducting good conversations. The committee had several new members, but each played an integral role with guidance from their National Representative.

“We negotiated language that will benefit all members, and we were really happy with some of the gains we made for our casual workers,” said Massy.

The tentative agreement also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expired on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district boards of trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by mid-July.

CUPE 947 members, who provide a wide variety of services that support students, include Education Assistants, Indigenous Support Workers, Clerical, Early Childhood Educators, IT, and Administrative Support. They provide K-12 support service in Greater Victoria at 22 K-12 schools in School District 61.

To find out more about CUPE members working in K-12, visit bcschools.cupe.ca.

Vancouver Island West K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

GOLD RIVER — CUPE 2769, K-12 support workers at SD84 reached a tentative agreement on June 26 following four sessions of bargaining that began in April.

Local President Darcy Curr was pleased with how bargaining went. “Our bargaining team was committed to what we wanted to achieve and negotiations went very smoothly,” said Curr. “The employer worked with us, and that made getting to the goal line much easier.”

Because SD84 covers a wide geographic area, ratification voting has begun and Curr expects the local to have completed their ratification process early in July. He is looking forward to completing the process and moving forward with the new collective agreement.

The tentative agreement also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expired on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district Boards of Trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in early July.

CUPE 2769 members, who provide a wide variety of services that support students, include Education Assistants, Youth Care Workers, Indigenous Support Workers, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Maintenance, IT, Administrative Support and Bus Drivers. They provide K-12 support service in Gold River, Tahsis, Kyuquot and Zeballos in SD84 (Vancouver Island West).

Qualicum K-12 support workers ratify tentative agreement

QUALICUM BEACH — CUPE 3570, K-12 support workers at SD69 reached a tentative agreement on June 20 following seven sessions of bargaining that began in June. Members have wholeheartedly endorsed the agreement by voting to ratify it.

CUPE 3570 President Troy Forster noted that bargaining went very well this time around.

“This was my sixth time at the table, and this has been the most encouraging and most fruitful bargaining session by far,” said Forster. “Having new people on the employer side has made a huge difference.”

The tentative agreement that members ratified also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expired on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district Boards of Trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in early July.

CUPE 3570 members, who provide a wide variety of services that support students, include Education Assistants, Youth Care Workers, Indigenous Support Workers, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Maintenance, IT, Administrative Support and Bus Drivers. They provide K-12 support service in Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Bowser, Errington, Lasqueti Island, and Nanoose Bay.

Five CUPE K-12 members nominated for Premier’s Awards

BURNABY – Five CUPE K-12 support staff have been named as finalists for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education.

“I’m pleased to see the number of CUPE K-12 support workers who’ve been nominated for the Premier’s Awards this year,” said CUPE BC President Paul Faoro. “More than 28,000 CUPE members work hard every day to make our public schools safe, inclusive, clean and welcoming places for students so they have the best opportunity to succeed.”

Finalists in the Outstanding Support – School Community category are Indigenous youth care worker Jodi Guy, a CUPE 723 member at École Phoenix Middle school in Campbell River; Dorothy Jones, a CUPE 523 member and Indigenous education worker at A.L. Fortune Secondary School in Enderby; and Wendell Williams, a CUPE 379 member and safe school specialist at École Alpha Secondary in Burnaby.

CUPE member finalists in the Outstanding Support – Teaching Assistant category are education assistants Elaine Bayles, a CUPE 947 member at Glanford Middle School in Victoria, and Marie Kielpinski, a CUPE 3523 member at Mount Boucherie Secondary School in West Kelowna.

An additional category, Outstanding Support – School Community, was added this year to recognize support staff including CUPE members who work as bus drivers, crossing guards, student supervisors, aboriginal cultural facilitators, custodians, maintenance/tradespeople, and clerical workers.

This year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education drew 140 nominations from throughout B.C., with nominations running from January 7 to April 30. The winners in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at Government House in Victoria on October 4.

Read the Awards backgrounder and finalist bios.

Meet the 2018 CUPE finalists and award winner here.

 

Powell River K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

POWELL RIVER — CUPE 476, K-12 support workers at SD47 reached a tentative agreement on June 28 following eight sessions that began in May.

CUPE 476 President Aileen O’Keefe said that bargaining was progressive and that their whole team did a great job. Their goal was to modernize the contract, clean up language, and stretch local dollars to make the best gains for their members.

“The school district and our team showed commitment to work through the clauses and issues to improve and support the members, and also the work that they do every day,” said O’Keefe.

The tentative agreement also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expired on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district Boards of Trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in early July.

CUPE 476 members, who provide a wide variety of services that support students, include Education Assistants, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Maintenance, IT, Administrative Support, Bus Drivers, and Strong Start workers. The local of approximately 175 members provides K-12 support in the qathet Regional District (Powell River).

Francophone K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

SURREY — CUPE 4227, representing more than 400 Francophone K-12 support workers province-wide at Conseil scolaire francophone (SD93), reached a tentative agreement on June 27 following 6 bargaining sessions that started in May.

“Although we were not able to improve in all of the areas our members identified as important to them, we were pleased that we made gains for some of our precarious workers in this round of bargaining,” said CUPE 4227 President Francine Brisson.

According to Brisson bargaining was very respectful and amicable, but not without challenges.

“We would have been able to accomplish more for our members if funds available for local bargaining had been less restrictive,” added Brisson.

The tentative agreement also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expired on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district Boards of Trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in early July.

CUPE 4227 members, who provide a wide variety of services in French-language schools throughout B.C., include Education Assistants, Youth Care Workers, Indigenous Support Workers, Clerical, IT, Strong Start workers, Administrative Support, and support workers for new immigrant families. They support 6,000 K-12 students in 41 francophone schools throughout B.C.

Entente de principe pour le personnel de soutien scolaire dans les écoles francophones

SURREY — Le 27 juin, la section locale 4227 du SCFP, qui représente plus de 400 membres du personnel de soutien au Conseil scolaire francophone (DS93) de la Colombie-Britannique, a conclu une entente de principe, à la suite de six séances de négociation qui ont débuté en mai.

« Bien que nous n’ayons pas réussi à faire des progrès dans tous les champs jugés prioritaires par nos membres, nous sommes ravis d’avoir décroché des gains pour certains de nos travailleurs précaires », explique la présidente du SCFP 4227, Francine Brisson.

Elle estime que les négociations se sont déroulées dans le respect et sur un ton amical, mais non sans difficultés : « Nous aurions pu faire mieux pour nos membres si les fonds disponibles pour la négociation locale avaient été moins restrictifs. »

L’entente de principe inclut aussi l’accord-cadre provincial approuvé par le Conseil des Présidents des sections locales scolaires en septembre. L’accord actuel arrive à échéance le 30 juin 2019. Une fois ratifiée par les sections locales du SCFP et les conseils scolaires, la convention collective sera en vigueur du 1er juillet 2019 au 30 juin 2022.

Les détails de l’entente de principe ne seront disponibles qu’après sa ratification par toutes les parties, ce qui devrait se faire début juillet.

Les membres du SCFP 4227 offrent une grande variété de services dans les écoles francophones de la Colombie-Britannique. Ils sont aides-enseignants, intervenants auprès des jeunes et des Autochtones, employés de bureau, informaticiens, travailleurs du programme Franc-Départ, travailleurs en soutien administratif et intervenants auprès des élèves et familles immigrantes. Ils soutiennent 6 000 élèves de la maternelle à la douzième année dans 41 écoles francophones de la province.

Coast Mountains K-12 support workers ratify collective agreement

TERRACE — CUPE 2052, K-12 support workers at SD82 reached a tentative agreement on May 31 following one week plus one day of bargaining. The local held five ratification meetings throughout the region and their collective agreement ratification was completed by members on June 20. Members voted for the agreement in good numbers.

“Bargaining was amicable, with mutual respect on both sides,” said CUPE 2052 President Monica Brady. “Our bargaining team was very diverse with member representation for most positions.”

The tentative agreement also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district Boards of Trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in early July.

CUPE 2052 members, who provide a wide variety of services that support students, include Education Assistants, Youth Care Workers, Indigenous Support Workers, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Maintenance, IT, Administrative Support and Grounds Workers. They provide K-12 support service in Terrace, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Hazelton and Stewart in SD82 (Coast Mountains).

K-12 custodial, maintenance and IT workers in Langley reach tentative agreement

LANGLEY — CUPE 1851, K-12 custodial, maintenance and IT workers at SD35 (Langley), reached a tentative agreement on June 26, following seven bargaining sessions.

“Our team started preparing at the beginning of the year and kept focused and on task throughout bargaining,” said CUPE 1851 Vice President Carey Schafer. “As well, the employer was willing to listen and work with us.” Schafer noted that bargaining went well with both sides working hard to achieve the tentative agreement. In spite of their efforts, the process of identifying uses for the local bargaining funds in ways that would benefit all CUPE 1851 members was challenging.

The tentative agreement also incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school district Boards of Trustees, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in early July.

CUPE 1851 represents approximately 220 members in Langley. They are custodians who keep schools clean and safe for students; maintenance workers (carpenters, electricians, painters, mechanics, HVAC operators, plumbers, locksmiths, roofers and glaziers) who maintain equipment and buildings; grounds workers who take care of playground equipment, fields and school grounds; and IT workers who maintain servers, computers, equipment and software in Langley schools.

CUPE 2098 kicks off summer with free public swim

GRAND FORKS — Local residents enjoyed a free public swim at the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre on June 21, thanks to the sponsorship of CUPE Local 2098 (K-12 support staff). Swimmers of all ages attended, including 65 school-age children, kicking off the summer with a festive event.

“Everyone enjoyed the swimming and had lots of fun,” said CUPE 2098 President Janet Thorpe.

Members were so enthusiastic about the event, said Thorpe, that they suggested adding toys for kids to enjoy and take home at the end of the day. As well as squirt guns and inflatable toys, the local also purchased swimming noodles for donation to the aquatic centre. Members distributed flyers promoting the event at elementary schools in Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Midway and Greenwood.

Thorpe praised CUPE 2254 members who work at the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre. “All of the pool staff were wonderful to work with. They were so welcoming and accommodating,” she said.

The event was part of a cost share campaign with CUPE National and all six Kootenay K-12 locals – CUPE 4165 (Southeast Kootenay), CUPE 440 (Rocky Mountain), CUPE 748 (Kootenay Lake), CUPE 1285 (Kootenay Columbia), CUPE 2098 (Boundary) and CUPE 2450 (Arrow Lakes). The campaign raised awareness of the excellent services members provide in schools throughout the region.

As well as the sponsorship and branding items, each local produced mini posters and leaflets featuring member photos and quotes, to help put a face on ‘CUPE in the Kootenays.’

“This area has been through some tough economic times and families are still recovering from the flooding in 2018, so it was good to be able to give something back to our community,” said Thorpe.