NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
JANUARY 17, 2018
Enver Creek Secondary Theatre
14505 84 Ave Surrey
There will be signage at the front door directing you where to go.
If you have an issue or a question pertaining to work, please call your Shop Steward, leave a message on the phone number listed below. They will contact you when they are available. The Union office will only refer you to your Shop Steward.
Acting Attendant For Lisa Greenslade
Clerical Shannon Levinsky 778-808-3917
Caretaker George Hardy 604-812-2611
Main Trade Mark Kawakami 604-723-1921
Main Non Trade Tim Tyler 604-813-1799
Student Support Shirley Hofmann 778-808-5823
EA Elementary Tammy Murphy 778-808-4483
EA Sec/Spareboard Debra Merrier 604-818-2019
REST IN PEACE
It is with an extremely heavy heart to hear of the passing of Dawn Storey Gray. Not only was Dawn an Education Assistant for over 20 years, Dawn was also a big part of CUPE 728 Executive. She brought a lot of charisma, energy and knowledge to the executive. Dawn was involved in Health & Safety, Women’s issues and most importantly loved her job as an Education Assistant. For those that knew Dawn, she taught all of us to love with our heart and to be true to ourselves. Dawn, it was an honor to know you and you will always hold a special place in our hearts.
In Solidarity: CUPE 728 Executive
Happy New Year and welcome back to the second half of the year. I hope everyone had a chance to rest, reset, and recharge over the winter break. Here’s hoping that 2018 is an excellent year for everyone.
As 2017 came to a close I would like to look back at the year. Where we were at the start of the calendar year and where we finished off at the end of it. I am thankful for a lot of things and here are just a few. As an executive, and a Union, I see us growing exponentially. Here are just a few of many different ways I have seen our growth.
Our executive was involved in some form of Union Education every month last year. Giving themselves the opportunity to represent you, the members to the best of their ability with the latest information. We also saw a growth in the amount of stewards in our local. Both EA stewards saw the addition of Shop Stewards and the Caretakers seeing the addition of a few Shop Stewards as well. We saw the passing of some new bylaws by our members. One of which included the passing of a second full time office (Secretary Treasurer) which has been tried in the past but with no success.
The membership has proven they have embraced the Labour Movement. This past May was proof of that. Our members played important roles by working on campaigns and volunteering large amounts of their own time to make sure that an NDP Government was elected. With not even a year at the helm, we have seen so many progressive changes from the new government with renewed optimism carrying us into 2018. Once again giving the Education Sector hope after 16 years of chronic underfunding by the previous government.
Our committees have all stepped up to the plate in a big way last year with a number of initiatives being undertaken. Being present in a number of community events as well as participating in a number of rallies throughout the year. Our membership has always stepped up to the plate when it comes to donating for worthy causes and helping families in need. Capping off the end of the year was another successful children’s Christmas party which seems to grow every year as well as another sold out adult Christmas party.
Nice work to all committee members for their incredibly hard work and countless hours volunteering to make the Local as visual as it is. Let’s continue that trend in 2018. If you are looking to become active or learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact the Union. We have award winning Social Media and Webpage to help keep you informed and are always looking for new recruits/volunteers/activists.
To finish this article off, I would like to thank and acknowledge all the hard work the Executive does each and every day for our members. Let’s not forget that they are all volunteers, volunteering large amounts of time to help us, the members whether it be a workplace issue or a personal problem. Without the tireless efforts of this executive and all the other volunteers in our local, we would not be who we are today.
In Solidarity; Ryan Groundwater
1ST VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
I want to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to work, wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
We have an exciting year ahead of us. And now, as we propel forward in the New Year, we understand that there will be new challenges that lie ahead of us. We remain confident in the knowledge that our Shop Stewards have and know that they are willing to meet these challenges head on. If you have any concerns please contact them as soon as possible. They are available by phone or email, please refer to our website for their contact information.
We are excited to have our Education Assistant Workload survey up and running. If you are an EA, we ask that you take this short on-line survey about your daily workload. All answers are anonymous. The survey will be active until Feb 4th, 2018.
A reminder to all members that practicum students (and any other non-district employees) are NOT to be used to cover your breaks and/or perform any of your job duties. Please contact your Shop Steward if you have any concerns or questions regarding this.
We are grateful to be able to sit down with the Payroll department in January to bring your concerns forward.
We have had members come forward with questions regarding their WCB payments and other concerns. Please email Marcey at email@example.com with your concerns or questions.
In Solidarity; Marcey Campbell
EDUCATION ASSISTANT REPORT
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great Christmas break!
We need to discuss breaks. There is some confusion so here’s the facts in accordance to our Collective Agreement and BC Employee Standards Act:
Collective Agreement Article 9.4 states rest breaks (coffee breaks) are to be no longer than 15 minutes. If you have a 6 hour or more position than one break should be in the first half of your shift and the second in the second half of your shift. “All employees are expected to have their rest breaks on school district property, unless impractical.” Lunch breaks are different as you are unpaid, you can leave the grounds for your break. It has however been brought to our attention that some people are required to stay on grounds during their lunch break.
In accordance to BC Employer Standards Act, Section 32 (2) “An employer who requires an employee to work or be available for work during a meal break must count the meal break as time worked by the employee.” This means if your principal requires you to stay in the room or take a walkie talkie with you into the staff room you are expected to be available and there for must be paid for your break and must be documented on the Employee Self Serve.
In Solidarity; Tammy Murphy
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Doty High McKinney, Texas
Near Dallas, Texas, sits McKinney, a town I have never been to but now have a connection to. Last November, by chance, I shopped at an antique emporium in Fort Langley. As I wandered the many aisles of items I came across something that I knew was unique and most likely didn’t belong in a store. It was a copper plaque. The name on it said “John Fenet Auditorium”. I quickly showed it to my wife, who through her phone, found out it came from Doty High School. After some more research, we discovered Doty High was a black segregation school under the Jim Crow laws which stated “separate but equal”.
My first thought was that this artifact does not belong here. So we purchased the plaque. My next thought was to return it to wherever it belongs. I then started contacting different groups around McKinney, but was getting no results. That’s when my wife contacted the local McKinney Courier Gazette where we first found information on Doty High. The publisher passed my information on the Superintendent of McKinney Independent School District. The Superintendent was amazed at the story, and wanted to do something special for the plaque. So we arranged to have the plaque returned and a ceremony to remember the school and honour some of the men and women who attended Doty High.
Before I shipped off the plaque, I brought it to our February General Membership Meeting, to show it and discuss what it represented for Black History month. I think after the year we had it’s important we remember this dark history of segregation, of division, so we never forget or repeat.
When I look at the plaque, I always think about CUPE’s Equality Statement which states (to paraphrase), “Discriminatory conduct which is racist hurts and thereby divides us.” I cannot think of anything more divisive and hurtful than segregation. We have seen terrible things done in the past year. Charlottesville, police brutality based on race, uncountable amount of women coming forward with sexual harassment incidents and an empowered racist alt right saying and doing what they want.
I believe this can be combatted by acts of kindness, and that all individuals can make a difference. Whether it’s making a stand on a sky train and protecting someone from harassment, marching in the streets for social justice or just paying for a coffee for the random car behind you in the Timmies lineup. I am so glad I was able to help return this piece of history to its rightful owner and I hope in a small way I made a difference.
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In Solidarity; Randy Fennell
You have the right to report a near-miss injury (this is where no injury has occurred but had the potential for causing serious injury).
An amendment to the Workers Compensation Act that took affect on May 14 2015, had identified specific timelines that must be met for investigating and reporting workplace health and safety incidents, including near misses.
If you are being told you are not allowed to report a near-miss please contact Marcey at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
In Solidarity; Marcey Campbell, WCB Advocate
THANK YOU NOTES
Below is a list of members who have sent in thank you cards this month after receiving flowers or retirement gifts from the membership.
Dorothy C. – retirement Ashley K. – scholarship
Amy K. – get well Cindy T. – get well
Katherine B. – retirement Mark B. – retirement
Steve P. – sympathy Katie K. – get well
Cathy N. – get well Randal M. – get well
CUPE 1816 – support Kathryn P. – get well
If one of your co-workers is away from work because they have lost a loved one, please contact the union office. We are only notified if a member is away sick from work.
Happy New Year and welcome back! Hoping you all had an amazing and well deserved break! I was away for medical reasons and appreciate all who helped me with phone calls and emails as well as the understanding of all those who called and emailed me and their patience. As we get back to assignments, please remember to say no to unpaid work.
All the best to you in 2018.
In Solidarity; Shannon Levinsky