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June gm 2017Shop Steward Phone Numbers - May 2017


  1. Elect EA Spareboard/Secondary Chief Shop Steward.
  2. Elect 1 Sergeant at Arms.
  3. Elect Trustee for term to cover 2016-2019
  4. Elect Standing Committees:
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety Sub Health & Safety Sub Committee
  • Constitution and By-Laws
  • Political Action
  • Pension Committee
  • School Board Trustee Action
  • Education Committee
  • Women’s Committee
  • Human Rights & Equity
  • Anti-Contracting Out

All committees shall consist of not less than three (3) members.  Please go to our website: and look under Constitution & Bylaws for descriptions of committees.

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Sisters and Brothers,

      Is it June already? I would like to thank every one of our members who got out to not only vote in the provincial elections, but also volunteer their time.  It was an historic election and when 60% of the voters voted to get rid of the Liberal government, it was a statement, especially for us that the chronic underfunding of education has gone on for far too long. 

     The newly executive have been working very hard since the elections and we have been working on getting training for the new ones and refresher courses for the returning.  I would like to remind everyone that these positions are all volunteer and that you respect their time as well as them as people. 

     This month is elections for the rest of our committees. I encourage everyone to come out and join a committee.

f I don’t get to see you at the next GM, please have a fun and safe summer holiday. 

 In Solidarity; Ryan Groundwater

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     With the end of the school year, May has definitely been a very busy, but enjoyable month.  I would like to thank all our members for their time and effort they have put in for this last school year.  At times, it can become hectic but we have done a fantastic job in being supportive for one another.  This past month saw the provincial election on May 9th.  This election is truly historic because BCNDP and BC Green Party reached a deal for a progressive future in BC.  This new relationship just proves that when we work together we can do great things.

     I would like to thank the membership for sending me to the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference in Toronto this past month.  I was fortunate enough to take a workshop put on by Camille Ross, past Global Morning News anchor, on “Crisis Communication” and I also attended a wonderful workshop on “Media Relations”. 

     As the school year comes to an end, I want to remind all our members that it is important to set time aside for some R & R for yourself.  We work hard to ensure that our schools are in top shape, that the students and co-workers are well cared for and sometimes we forget about our own selves.  It may be getting lost in a good book, going for a walk or just lounging around.  Whatever relaxing looks like to you, make sure you make it a priority.  After all, they call it summer for a reason.

     I would like to thank Chief Shop Steward George Hardy and all the others involved for their hard work and dedication in setting up the new Steward positions for the Custodial department.  I would like to welcome the newly elected Stewards to our team and I look forward to working with them. 

In Solidarity; Marcey Campbell


     We will be having an EA Unit meeting on June 14, 2017 in the library at Johnston Heights from 4 pm – 6 pm.  This meeting is open to all EAs.  Your Shop Stewards will be talking about the upcoming Posting Meeting, Health & Safety concerns, responsibilities of EAs, etc.  If you have a topic you would like discussed please contact

     Our next General Membership meeting is on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at LA Matheson at 8 pm.  If quorum is met, we will be electing the next Secondary/Spareboard Shop Steward.  Voting is open to all CUPE 728 EAs.

     Recently, we asked our members to participate in a EA Workload Committee.  This committee would work in conjunction with the Union to find ways to ease the current workload that our EAs are facing.  We are looking for more EAs to join our committee to make it successful.  If you are interested, please contact

     Don’t forget, at any time you have a question or concern, please contact your shop steward.  We are available both by phone and email.

     Upcoming dates that ALL EAs should be aware of:

  • June 26, 2017 – available postings will be on the HUB.  Check our website/Union FB page for steps on how to access them once they are available
  • June 29, 2017 – a revised version of the available postings will be on the HUB
  • June 30, 2017 – 8 am Posting Meeting at the Bell Centre.  Please be on time and car pool if possible.  Please bring your own copy of the available postings.
  • August 21, 2017 – 8:30 am EA Bumping Meeting at DEC
  • August 25, 2017 – 8:00 am EA Placement Meeting at the Bell Centre

     If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Shop Steward.

In Solidarity; Marcey Campbell


 Wow! What a month, a very historic month.  You all know what I am talking about, the BC 2017 election that will go down in history.  And because of the support of our local, I was able to play a big part of it.  I was seconded to work on the election campaign with our former CUPE National Rep, Rachna Singh of Surrey-Green Timbers riding.  It was an incredible, tiring, rewarding and worthwhile cause.  Because of the work that so many did and because of the support of the union movement gave, we finally, after 16 years have changed the government.  A much-needed change, after 16 years of cuts and neglect to our education system and especially neglect to all the hard-working members of CUPE 728.  So, what does this mean? Well, proper funding.  The NDP had this to say about education in their platform: 

  • Properly fund classrooms and school equipment, so parents don’t have to fundraise for classroom essentials.
  • Replace portables with real classrooms and make our schools earthquake safe. 

NDP government is committed to a comprehensive review of B.C.’s current K-12 funding formula to move B.C.’s school system to a better, stable and sustainable model for investing in education.  Christy’s Clark current per-pupil funding model doesn’t work for the different costs of education in B.C.’s rural, suburban and inner-city schools.  Replace Surrey portables with real classrooms, building new schools in B. C’s fastest growing region. 

The Green Party Platform states:

  • Increase funding for schools, beginning in 2017/18 at $220 million and rising to $1.46 billion in 2020/21, to allow schools and school districts to invest in every child and prepare students for the 21st century economy and to invest in innovation and technology.  This is in addition to the $330 million committed by the B.C. Liberals to address the recent court ruling on class sizes. 
  • Review the funding model for the K-12 education system with a view to ensuring equitable access for students. This will address targeting funding to schools with the greatest need and increasing local autonomy regarding funding priorities and distribution.    

 Both parties are committed to improving education funding and our local needs to be ready to make sure we get what our members deserve. 

 In Solidarity; Randy Fennell


Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I just returned from a great conference on communications within the labour movement across the Country.  It was very informative and has given me some great ideas for the future.  I would like to share a few things with you now which you should all be reminded and made aware of so we can all remain safe and secure in the digital world at home, work and travelling.

First thing is make sure you are using a strong password.  This is very important due to confidentiality and so things remain private.  Ideally you should have a password more than 10 characters long.  It takes hackers much longer to discover your password if you make it long and complex.  So, mix things up, use capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers and unconventional characters when you create your password. 

Second, using WIFI.  This was very scary because the presenter at the lecture showed us how easy it was to connect to our devices and access our personal information.  He brought in a common router and connected to the hotel WIFI and was able to connect to our laptops, tablets and smartphones.  Once again, he stressed the importance of strong security for ourselves because once someone has access to your personal information a lot of damage can be done to your life and it takes a long time to fix.

He also stressed since we are a union we should watch what we say and do on our employer’s email, website and even using the WIFI networks because they can all be monitored by the employer because it is their property.  Therefore, we ask our members not to use school email when contacting the union because the employer has the right to access your school accounts and know when you are using them. Please use a personal email address when corresponding with the union.

Have an awesome summer!

In Solidarity; Allan Henricks


 We finally had an Election, and the results are in!  We now have six new Stewards, as someone said before me “The times they are a changing” this means greater representation for you the members.

 As mentioned in the last Chronicle, the plan, is to have one Steward representative for each zone plus one for the Spareboard.

 So, to that end…I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce to you your new Shop Stewards:

Dave Singh, Justin Lukashyk, Jared MacNab, Robert Tustin, Val Cadamia and Kim Samos.

 In Solidarity; George Hardy

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 This scholarship is available to students entering first year of higher education after completing Grade Twelve in 2017.  Application for this scholarship will be on our website or pickup one at the union office.  Once completed email it to or mail with required documents to:

           CUPE BC Division

            #510 4940 Canada Way

            Burnaby, BC V5G 4T3

Deadline is August 15, 2017.  See page 4 for CUPE 728’s Scholarship application deadline for this one is September 29, 2017.


I am looking for information regarding clerical entitlement.  Please email me at with the numbers at your school.  How many students did you have in September and how many do you have now?  How did your hours change?

The year is coming to a close and I know it is a busy time for all.  Hang in there!  Hope you all have an amazing and relaxing summer!

In Solidarity;  Shannon Levinsky

                  PENSION COMMITTEE

The Pension Committee consisting of Val Cadamia, Eric Jaworski, Marcey Campbell and Katherine (retired member) put on a 2-day Retirement Workshop.  The next workshop will be in November.  Registration for the workshop will start in October.  Look in the October Chronicle for information.

In Solidarity:  Eric Jaworski


This past month CUPE 728 held A 2-DAY Pension Workshop.  We would like to thank our speaker, Richard Paul, for putting this workshop on.  We would also like to thank Brother, Eric Jaworski for helping to organize the workshop. 

If you are not sure about this workshop, below are just some of the quotes that our participants said at the end of the workshop:

When asked the question, “What did you find useful?”

  • “had a lot of information and presented it well.”
  • “great information on various types of pension.”
  • “knowledge about taxable income. Good info ie: CPP dropout years & other changes in CPP; good info re: OAS, etc.”
  • “Information of what you are entitled to and what to apply for CPP.”
  • “Knowing the Pension Options: single/joint, etc.”
  • “Understanding of how MPP works and where to get help when needed.”
  • “I really liked the budget sheets and (the speaker’s) idea of following our ‘pension’ budget for 6 months before we retire.”
  • “I liked the info on health retirement.”
  • “I like the lifestyles check list and (the speaker) was very knowledgeable and much appreciated.”
  • The power of Attorney info will be very important. I liked the budget form.”
  • “Richard is an encyclopedia on the information regarding retirement, pensions and legal affairs.”
  • Thank you, Richard, you were awesome. Thank you CUPE and Eric for making this opportunity available.  Felling optimist!”

In Solidarity; Marcey Campbell and Allan Henricks


 Open Enrolment Guidelines

 As your Union local has opted to participate in the Provincial Standardized Extended Health Care Plan, there will be an opportunity for those that have waived their extended health care plan to enroll in this plan.  Please note that this only applies to extended health care and does not apply to dental coverage. 


To facilitate this process, open enrolment will begin May 15, 2017 and forms will need to be completed and submitted by the member to the school district benefits administrator no later than September 30, 2017.  School district administrators will submit these forms to Morneau Shepell for instructions and assistance with coordinating enrolment with PBC to ensure Late Applicant rules are not applied.  The effective date of coverage for any members opting in during this open enrolment period will be September 1, 2017.  If members are responsible for paying for a portion of extended health plan premium, these will be required from September 1, 2017 onward. 


Please note that members who are already enrolled in the extended health care plan are not required to complete an enrolment form. This process is only for those members and/or dependents that are currently not enrolled, but would like to join the plan effective September 1, 2017. 


If a member and/or dependent chooses to join the plan after open enrolment period and the reason is not due to loss of coverage under the plan, late applicant rules will apply.


Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) Information Microsite


PBC has developed a website specifically for those groups that are participating in the Provincial Standardized Health Care Plan to provide information regarding the plan design and answers to frequently asked questions.  For those groups that do not currently have the BlueRx drug formulary, there is also information about the drug plan and a link to any prior approval forms members may need.  We encourage you to visit this site before your plan effective date to better understand the changes to your Extended Health Care Plan.

Please visit:


School district benefits administrators

 For those members wishing to enroll on to the extended health care plan effective September 1, 2017 as part of the open enrollment, please complete and sign a PEBT enrollment form and email a copy to your Morneau Shepell consultant.  Morneau Shepell will assist you with coordinating enrollmnet with PBC to ensure Late Applicant riles are not applied.

If you have any questions please contact the School District Administration Team at:


Phone: 604-642-5231

Toll free: 1-866-408-6688







When you complete this form, you are applying for the scholarships.  The Thomas G. Ellis Memorial Scholarship for two thousand ($2,000) dollars, CUPE Local 728 Scholarship for one thousand ($1,000) dollars and a five hundred ($500) dollar scholarship to be awarded by random draw (exclusive of the successful recipients of the two preceding scholarship awards.  The scholarships are offered to Local 728 member’s sons or daughters graduating from Grade 12 in June, 2017.  Applications should be submitted with written notification of acceptance from a post-secondary educational facility, accompanied by a transcript of your marks as received from the Department of Education in Victoria and the completed form below, not later than September 29, 2017.




Return to:       CUPE Local 728

                        5681 177B St

                        Surrey, B.C.  V3S 4J2


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