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Attendant               Lisa Greenslade                  604-866-4126

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





  1. Elect Standing Committees:
  • 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.



  1. Notice of Motion: Constitutional Changes;

– Section 3.  Meetings (1st paragraph)

Meetings shall be held on the third Wednesday of each month REMOVE 8:00 ADD alternating between 8 pm and 6 pm


– Section 7.5 Secretary-Treasurer (6th paragraph)

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be a member of the Sick Bank Committee and Benefit Fund Committee.  ADD

The Secretary-Treasurer shall take on the day to day duties of Joint Early Intervention Services and the Sick Bank and Benefit Fund Committee.


The Secretary-Treasurer shall take a fulltime Leave of Absence pursuant to the Collective Agreement, the pay rate shall be set at pay bank 16 or their current rate of pay if higher.


– Section 15 Elections (1st paragraph)

The annual elections shall be held on the REMOVE

Day ADD Saturday following the April GM REMOVE of the regular meeting in April of each yearREMOVE

President ADD Chair.

 (4th paragraph)

REMOVE election ADD General Meeting.


Position of the President, 1st Vice, 2nd Vice, Recording Secretary and Secretary Treasurer shall be elected to a two year term.


Elections for President, 2nd Vice and Recording Secretary will be held on even years with 1st Vice and Secretary Treasurer will be held on odd years.


– Section 19 Preparation of the Collective Agreement (2nd paragraph)

After mailed ADD or emailed


– Section 24 Scholarship Awards ( 3rd paragraph)

REMOVE A ADD Two CUPE 728 Scholarship Awards


  1.  Elect members to attend Weeklong School Oct 29 – Nov    3/17 in Nanaimo, BC.  Courses being offered:

 – Intro to Stewarding & 5 Steward Learning Modules

 – Bargaining Solidarity

 – Local Executive Training

 – Return to Work:  Getting Beyond Light Duties



Welcome back to the start of the 2017/18 school year.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy summer break.


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new hires that are starting this Fall as well as say hello to those returning.  I would like to remind everyone that we recognize the start of the school year is very busy for everyone and there is a lot of work that needs to be completed and sometimes in a short period of time.  I want to remind everyone that there is to be no unpaid work performed by any of our members.  It is in our Provincial Framework Agreement and we the Union has reminded the employer several times that it is an unacceptable practice.


I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Chief Stewards who continue to plug away all year round despite some of them being ten month employees.  They are always working hard for you, our members.  I would also like to welcome aboard several Shop Stewards who have come aboard as well.  There are several new stewards from a few different departments.  If anyone is interested in becoming a steward or site representative, please contact your Chief Shop Steward for more information.


Make sure to make this school year a productive one.  Come out and participate in one of the many events being put on by our Entertainment Committee starting with our Annual Picnic in September.


I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy school year.


In Solidarity; Ryan Groundwater





I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to an exciting school year ahead.  Welcome to the many new members that have been recently hired and to all our returning members.  This summer was very busy but also productive.  With the new school year upon us I would like to remind all our members to not do unpaid work.  This could be working through your breaks, starting early, staying late or taking work home with you.


As many of you may have heard Pacific Blue cross locked out their members on July 7, 2017.  These members are our brothers and sisters of CUPE 1816.  I was fortunate enough to have been able to walk in solidarity with them throughout this summer.  I would like to personally thank all our members that took time out of their days and walked in solidarity with CUPE 1816 as well.  As a reminder, we are asking all members to submit their claims by paper only via Canada Post.  This may delay in your reimbursements but we, along with CUPE 1816, are hoping that this will put pressure on PBC in starting conversations with their employees.


Don’t forget we have our monthly General Membership meetings the third Wednesday of every month.  This meeting is

for ALL CUPE 728 members, even new members.  Come out to hear your Shop Stewards report on your jobs, meet other CUPE 728 members, win CUPE 728 swag and have some yummy treats!  This month we will be continuing the voting on committees.  If you

are wanting to get involved in your union but not sure how, being on a committee is a fantastic way!


I would also like to thank Edward Parsotam for working very hard this summer at ordering the new CUPE 728 swag.  We will be unveiling our new swag at our monthly meetings and on our FB page.


From your entire executive, have a wonderful and successful school year!


In Solidarity; Marcey Campbell





Summer of Solidarity.  As we go back to our regular routine of work life, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the summer we had.  We watched as fires raged throughout our province.  We saw lines drawn by our neighbours to the south that were not just political, but also racial and discriminatory.  These have been very trying times.


But I also saw the solidarity our union and community has shown.  Our local donated money to our fellow CUPE workers driven from their homes due to wildfire evacuations.  We also gave to the communities north of us by giving money to the United Way when they needed to lend a helping hand to these northern neighbours.  We also gave money so the SPCA could help those creatures without voices displaced and affected by the wildfires.


We marched with our LGBTQ comrades as an ally in their Pride parade.  We gathered in droves to show racist white nationalists that they have no place in our great country and our message of love is much louder and stronger than their message of hate.  Many from our local also joined picket lines of locked out or striking workers to show that they are not alone.


We show our solidarity in so many ways.  So I ask all of you to reflect on how you showed solidarity this summer, whether with a nationwide cause, or with family and neighbours.  It all is so important.


In Solidarity:  Randy Fennell



If you have moved over the summer or changed your phone number, email address or became a new member please contact the union office and give the new information to the office staff.  New members we need your phone numbers and email address.




It is the start of another school year.  We just want to get things off to a strong start so we can keep our members safe at work.  Here are a just few reminders to keep in mind:

– Please wear your employee ID badges when you are at school.  This helps us all especially at the start of the school year so the students and all staff know who is in the building and they are authorized to be there.  If you see anyone who has no ID or not being escorted by a staff member please question them and direct them to the office.

– Please were proper footwear that are properly anchored to the foot always.  The District recommends flat to moderate heel that are suitable for walking on uneven and wet surface, and for moving quickly and often.  (think runners, not flip flops)  If you have an accident you may not covered by WCB if you are not wearing the proper footwear.


– Please be aware we are also Scent Aware so please watch what you use that lets off strong scents.

– Please let’s get into the routine of filling out the incident reports online right away.  If you need help with filling out the report just ask your admin or a co-worker.  This is to be on paid time not your time.


Please if you can get involved with your onsite Occupational Health and Safety Committee so your voices can be heard on safety issues at your site so we can all be involved in the solutions.  Become familiar with location of the Health and Safety bulletin board.  It should be kept up to date with all the information you need to know to keep us all safe at work.


In Solidarity:  Allan Henricks





Welcome back and hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your positions, I can be reach on my cell 604-818-2019 or email  I will be setting up a unit meeting very soon.  Any members who wish to be a co-shop steward please phone or email me.


In Solidarity:  Debra Merrier





If you are injured at work or if you have a near-miss where you could have been significantly injured, it is imperative that you fill out an On-Line Incident report.  This can be found on the Employee Self Serve website that all District Employees have access to  When you receive the confirmation of your report we ask that you forward it to the union office at so that we are immediately informed.  Don’t forget, if you miss time from work you MUST still call WCB AT 1-888-workers to fill out a WCB




report.  Filling out the District’s On-Line Incident Report does not initiate a WCB Claim.  For more information on WCB,

check out our CUPE 728 website/FB page each Wednesday for WCB Wisdom.  When one of our members is injured on the job, it affects us all.


In Solidarity:  Marcey Campbell, WCB Advocate





     Welcome back to a new school year!  I hope you all had a relaxing summer.  A couple of things to note:

 – Please phone me 778-808-5823, if you need to talk to me.  Leave a message and I will get back to you.  Do not email me at my work email address, I will not respond.

– If you text me, please say who you are, it will make my life easier.


     Nobody should be working unpaid time.  If you have to miss a break or work beyond your posted hours for some reason, let your Admin know and bank the time.  We all deserve to be paid for the work we do and working for free only hurts our chances of getting our hours increased.  Any questions or issues, give me a call.


In Solidarity:  Shirley Hofmann








Welcome back!  To all the 10 month employees I hope you had a fun and relaxing summer!  To all the 12 month employees, I hope you had some time off to enjoy with family and friends!  I am looking forward to the new school year and to having more teaching staff for our students!


A reminder to all that we are not to do unpaid work.  It hurts us all in the long run!  Another reminder that September 1st was the start of the new Pacific Blue Cross Extended Plan.


There will be a clerical unit meeting in October so please watch for more information on the CUPE728 website, Facebook and in the October Chronicle.  Have an awesome September!


In Solidarity:  Shannon Levinsky



Hi all, hope you had a great and rest full summer!  Just a few reminders as school starts up:

  1.  Remember you need to fill out incident reports for all incidents (injuries and attempts).  These are required.  I have been in a meeting where it was said that a violent student was not violent as there was no incident reports filled out.
  2. Please take you breaks, as you are paid by the minute.  We can’t get more hours or EA positions if we are not showing how serious our shortages are.  If you are having problems getting your breaks, make sure your principal or the person who makes your schedule knows.  If they do not find or cover you for your breaks then inform the Principals that your break needs to be added to your time sheet.  Remember principals run the whole school and are ultimately responsible for covering you.
  3. Driving your personal car is not a requirement of your job.  If you are not comfortable with this then do not do it.  If you are comfortable driving then make sure that if it’s over 6 times a month that you have the proper insurance coverage (district pays the extra) and put in your mileage forms.


 In Solidarity:  Tammy Murphy




Welcome back to the start of another great school year.  I first want to thank all the hardworking support staff who spent the summer months getting our schools cleaned up and ready for the staff and students.


Over the past few years we have won 3 Best Social Media awards at the provincial level through CUPE  for our CUPE728 Facebook page, our Twitter Account (@cupe728) and our website (  This year we are excited to announce that we have been nominated for an award at the National level which will be awarded in October.  We will keep you posted on the results.


Our website and social media are very active.  I want to thank all of you for making it a great way to communicate.  We had over 70,000 views on facebook for the month of August which is huge for a month during the summer.  Let’s keep it up.


Please remember when you are contacting your Shop Stewards that you use a personal email address and not your District email.  Should you use a District email address it will go unanswered.


I would like some ideas from our members on what you would like to see on the website and social media, so we can have the information that you want.  Please drop me a message on the website, through social media, or email me at


In Solidarity:  Allan Henricks




Below is a list of members who have sent in thank you cards this month after receiving flowers or retirement gifts from the membership.


Rose McG. – get well                          Janine R. – get well

Blesilda D. – get well                          Karen R. – get well

Lisa C. – get well                                 Claude P. – get well

Maron J. – get well                              Surinder A. – get well

Tracey F. – bereavement                   Atish S. – get well

Myrna B. – get well                             Chimene W. – get well

Zhanna G. – get well                           Susan A. – get well

Sharon G. – get well                            Sharon G. – bereavement

Gillian H. – get well                            Wendell K. – thank you


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. 



                                     HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITY COMMMITTEE


The History of the Black Foot Nation of Saskatchewan


     As we celebrate Canada’s 150 years of confederation, we must also recognize the history and life of the Indigenous people of Canada.  As a Human Rights and Equity committee member, I would like to share the story and life of the Black Foot  Nation of Saskatchewan.

     In the early years of the 18th century, there were thousands and thousands of buffalo herds roaming the great plains of Montana, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  The land was covered when the animals gathered together to graze in one place.  The Black Foot Nation tribes also known as Niitsitapi  resided in these plains.  They followed the migration of these animals because it was their source of food and livelihood.  As skilled hunters and warriors, they managed to use horses as a source of transportation to follow the buffalos’ migration.  Black Foot Nation people lived in this area and declared this territory as their own land.  They have lived in this region for thousands of years and are considered the proud race of this Aboriginal Nation.  They were the first inhabitants and residents of this great land.

When the European settlers came to the plains of Saskatchewan, they started killing and slaughtering the buffalos.  Hunters from all over the United States and Eastern

Canada were hired to eliminate the animals.  Buffalo hunters were paid by the number of animals they killed until there were no more buffalos to hunt.  They called this region at that time  Files of Bones because of the thousands of animals killed.  Hunters just left dead animals to rot and decompose on the fields.  This region is now known as Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan.

     This phenomenon has changed and devastated the way of life of the Black Foot Aboriginal people of Saskatchewan, who were the original owners of the land.  To compensate for their lost, the indigenous people of Saskatchewan were then given some portion of the land the government called it Aboriginal Land Reservations.  Meanwhile, the Federal Government declared the vast majority of the land to become Land Claims.  Hundreds and thousands of immigrants from eastern Canada came to Saskatchewan to stake their claim to the land and eventually the region was taken over by European settlers and wheat farmers who made the land into large family owned farms.  Sections of land were turned into wheat farms.  Exodus of people from Eastern Canada came to Saskatchewan to stake and claim their rights to the land.  Some of my co-workers in Regina said that their Great-grandparents were first European settlers who had claimed titles of their land who now still own big parcels of farm lands in this area and are still farming the land.

     To be able to teach the Aboriginal people in the reservation lands, the European way of life, the Government took their children and brought them to the Christian residential schools where they were taught the European ways, but the children

were mistreated and abused.  This awful treatment of indigenous children at the residential schools are still affecting the lives of these people.

    As a human rights activist, I sympathized with the Black Foot Nation people.  Unlike other countries who were able to fight for their independence against colonization, Aboriginal people did not have a chance to fight for their independence, which has resulted in them being deprived of their rights. I think this is a basic Human Rights Violation to the Indigenous people of Saskatchewan.  They are the rightful owners and custodians of this land even before the Europeans came and took it away from them. The Black Foot Nation people of Saskatchewan still have the rights to these lands.  We must remember the history of the black Foot Nation people and fight to recognize their struggles and their rights to the land.  We must continue to support these peoples’ right of ownership to the land of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


Prepared and Submitted by:  Val Cadamia








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.




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                                5681 177B St

                                Surrey, B.C.  V3S 4J2


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