Contracting In !

Welcome back to a busy school year. CUPE staff will be there keeping the schools running smoothly.

As taxpayers we’ve had enough of ‘Contracting Out’ and having our taxes to go private companies while seeing a decrease in service. At the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ annual conference in Winnipeg, CUPE sponsored a workshop titled ‘From Outsourced to In House: Save Money, Avoid Headaches”. In the workshop, the benefits of delivering municipal services in house were highlighted. In most cases, in-house services save money and are higher quality, more transparent, and more accountable.  To read the report visit the following webpage:

Back In House

Notice of General Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on November 2, 2016. The meeting will be held at Palmer Secondary, 8160 St. Albans Road in Richmond from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Staffroom. All members are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

If you are new to the union, you may be interested in attending the General Meetings to find out more about your union, what it does for you (a lot) and what you can do to become more involved.

Annual Dinner/Dance

Plans are now underway for this year’s Dinner/Dance which will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at the Richmond Curling Club, 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond BC. Tickets will go on sale in early November for the nominal cost of  $15 per person, which includes a great buffet dinner, dancing and lots of door prizes. Watch this site for more news on the sale of tickets.

Education Postings

Your local receives information from CUPE BC about upcoming workshops, and all members of any CUPE local may apply to attend. These workshops are meant for individuals who are interested in becoming more involved with their union. If you have an interest in participating in any of these workshops, please call CUPE 716 union office at 604-273-1651 or email for registration information.

Click the ‘Education’ tab above for the latest offerings.

CUPE 716 Cares

We work together as friends and family and we care about each other. If you are aware of any major event that has been experienced by one of your co-workers, for example a birth or death in the family, please let us know by contacting the CUPE office at 604-273-1651 or email your Shop Steward. Not sure who your Shop Steward is?

Click on the ‘Contact Us’ link above.

We need your help. No one can be physically there at every worksite in the District so we need you to let us know of events in the lives of your friends and co-workers.

Fundraising Dinner Invitation

You are cordially invited to attend a dinner and dance on Saturday, November 5th at the Vancouver Austria Club in Richmond. This is a fundraising event for Jack Trovato. Jack has shown himself to be a person who understands and cares about Education in British Columbia and he is running for the position of BCNDP MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. It would be of great benefit to Richmond if he becomes our MLA.

Menu: Schnitzel, roast chicken or vegetarian lasagna. Seating in tables of 8. Think about attending with other Richmond CUPE 716 staff ! Contact the CUPE office at 604-273-1651 for phone numbers and / or email to confirm before October 25th. Here’s the link:

Jack Trovato Fundraising Dinner

$$$ alert (win a prize!)

Worksafe BC publishes a magazine every 2 months with information on workplace safety. Each issue they have a ‘Spot the Hazard’ type of photo and invite readers to find the dangers and email a list of the hazards you found. We are too late to enter their July contest but watch for the next issue. If you, as a CUPE 716 member are a winner of their ‘Spot the Hazard’ contest, not only will you win their prize of $50. but your local (716) will also award you a prize of $50. That makes a total of $100. for the prize if you can ‘Spot the Hazard’.

Go to: and click on ‘Spot the hazards’. If you send an entry, be sure to include your full name, work title, workplace and workplace location.

It pays to know workplace safety. In more ways than one.