Welcome to CUPE Local 716, Richmond School Board Employee's Union. We represent approximately 1000 support workers in School District #38
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The Richmond School District’s new elementary school isn’t just energy efficient; it’s a community-created resource that promotes a healthy indoor learning environment and improves student productivity.
June 21, 2012
RICHMOND—The CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Provincial Bargaining Committee held its first meeting Wednesday in Richmond. Regional representatives from across the province met to start the process of mapping out 2012 bargaining priorities and strategy.
The meeting follows the Presidents’ Council’s notice to bargain issued last week to the BC Public School Employers Association on behalf of CUPE K-12 locals. Council chair Colin Pawson focused today’s discussion on key bargaining issues identified at last month’s Presidents’ Council meeting including job security, wages, benefits, improved pension access for casual members and the term of an agreement. Actual talks are not expected to get underway before September.
CUPE National research representative John Malcolmson provided background information on the ongoing K-12 online member survey, cost of living and details of the provincial government’s imposed “cooperative gains” process.
CUPE BC K-12 coordinator Bill Pegler stressed the importance of the meeting saying “this is where we hash out our provincial strategy – where every region is represented and gets a chance for input.”
CUPE represents 26,000 public education support staff including education assistants, First Nations support workers, StrongStart facilitators, custodians, school secretaries, trades and maintenance workers and bus drivers in BC’s public schools.
New 2012 edition of ICTUR world map on trade union rights
In 2012 ICTUR's world map on trade union rights gives a uniquely accessible insight into some of the complex trends and problems that face workers and trade unionists around the world. You can access the full version online here.
A full size A1 wall poster this map looks great on an office wall or it can be a real help with facts and figures for your union education, legal or research department.
Taking respect for human rights law as a starting point the map shows ratification of international conventions on trade union rights and flags up the most serious violations of these conventions, including murders and arrests.
For a more complete picture the map also examines regional profiles and highlights trends around trade union rights in each of five geographic regions.
ICTUR's map is now in its 4th edition.
You can still access the 2010 and 2006 maps online for information about child labour, forced labour, and equality at work.
needs some good people to get together and come up with a plan that will
give us the opportunity to strengthen our ties to our community, and
positively increase the public’s perception of unionized workers.
Are you aware of a child in our school system who would like to participate in sports, but doesn't have the funds? Are you willing to share some of your time giving back to our community? Can you flip some pancakes or serve some soup to families less fortunate than us?
The goal of this still to be a named committee would be to have unionized workers seen in a more positive light. Too often we are only noticed when on strike, being disruptive, demanding etc.
I truly believe that we are a very caring, committed group of hard working people that deserve to be seen as such. It is our responsibility to make it happen. If you would like to help contact me, Tim Bakker at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim Bakker on RichNet)
Social media made free labour of us all, and now grocers are catching on. I quit.
I was reminded of the old term "shadow work" recently, when a pleasant woman came bustling up to me in a Saturday grocery line-up and interrupted my weekly read of trashy celeb mags. Like cheerful veal on-the-hoof, I followed her to a newly opened till, or so I thought. It turned out she was leading me to the euphemistically named "self-serve" checkouts that I've been avoiding for years.
"Let me show you how to use this," the assistant manager said enthusiastically.
"No thanks, I'm not interested in learning to be a cashier," I replied. "Well, not unless you plan to compensate me for my labour. What do you offer people as a discount for ringing-up their own groceries?"
She looked confused. So I explained my economic reasoning. This grocery store is a publicly traded corporation that over-prices its goods, which I tolerate on the understanding that they employ people at a reasonable wage. Well, that, and they have a near-monopoly status in my neighbourhood unless I want to drive to get groceries, which I emphatically do not.
So if I consent to ringing up the groceries myself, not only am I robbing someone of a job, I'm creating financial incentive for this corporation to find new ways to bully me into subsidizing them.
Personally, I plan to hold that line as long as possible.
As she rang up my groceries for me at the misnamed self-serve checkout, I contemplated how companies off-loading labour onto their customers is nothing new, but it has taken a horrifying new turn courtesy of the Internet. Philosopher Ivan Illich dubbed it shadow work in the 1970s, when the no-service gas pump was followed quickly by the no-service banking machine and a host of other dishonestly named self-serve enterprises. But no one could have anticipated our gullibility in allowing social media to turn us all into corporate slaves who labour for free, because we're somehow duped into thinking it's "fun."
The B.C. K-12 Presidents’ Council includes 55 CUPE locals representing staff in school districts throughout British Columbia. Our website contains news, resources and research that it will be a useful resource for CUPE locals and members and for others who may be interested in the B.C. public school system.
The K-12 committee deals with issues specific to the K-12 schools sector.
Purpose of the K-12 Committee To promote education workers in general as a real part of a strong community and to promote CUPE BC programs.read the latest news
The Public Education Benefits Trust (PEBT) offers a comprehensive benefits package to participating eligible employees as negotiated between School Districts and Local unions. The benefits provided through the PEBT Benefits Program are a major part of your total compensation. The program includes a government funded Core Long Term Disability (LTD) plan for Bill-7 School Districts in British Columbia, a Joint Early Intervention Service (JEIS) for disabled employees, as well as extended health, dental, life, and if applicable at your School District, accidental death & dismemberment insurance and/or additional disability insurance to help maintain your family's health and financial security.
Depending on your School District, you may also be eligible to choose to increase your protection by purchasing optional life insurance and/or accident insurance for yourself and/or your spouse and dependent children.
This website is your primary source for information about the PEBT Benefits Program. https://www.pebt.ca/ms/en/default.asp
If you have questions about your benefits program, contact the Benefits Administrator at your School District.
The MORE We Get Together is a resource to further the understanding of issues that impact on lives of people with disabilities ‐ most importantly, the duty to accommodate.
The duty to accommodate falls upon employers, unions and workers to work together to accommodate the worker to the point of undue hardship. Employers and unions must be proactive and inclusive. Unions can now have more input in the workplace as a result of court decisions and collective bargaining.
This manual is a tool for union organisers and negotiators, disabled activists and their organisations, individuals with disabilities and their allies to advance issues of people with disabilities. It provides union and community activists working with people with disabilities, a comprehensive review of disability rights and collective bargaining provisions that impact on conditions of workers with disabilities. While some advancement is evident, most people with disabilities continue to face numerous obstacles to their full participation in the paid labour force. This manual is a resource for change.
The manual discusses key disability issues in the workplace. General information is in the body of the manual and more detailed information is in the Appendices.