Election Results from April 10, 2019

President: Ian Hillman
Vice President: Stacey Robinson
Chief Shop Steward: Nancy Williams
Recording Secretary: Ingrid Trouw
Clerical Shop Steward: Deb Gray
EA Shop Steward: Colleen Martins
IT Shop Steward: Lisa Devitt
Maintenance Shop Steward: Cody Rogers
Operations Shop Steward: Brian Little
Para Educator Shop Steward: Eileen Lim
Transportation Shop Steward: Brigitte Dvorak
Sergeant At Arms: David Santelices

Day of Mourning to be observed April 26, 2019

CUPE’S National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the creation of a national Day of Mourning in 1984.

That idea came to fruition in 1991 when the federal government passed legislation to establish April 28th as the Day of Mourning. It has grown internationally as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and is recognized in more than 120 countries around the world.

When they envisioned the day, the members of the committee wanted to remember lives lost in the workplace. But there was a broader point. The day was also supposed to remind all workers that we need to fight for the living and inspire us to prevent further tragedies.

In Richmond School District we will be observing this solemn occasion to remember and honour working men and women who have died on the job. All flags in Richmond School District will be flown at half mast on Friday, April 26th and a moment of silence will be observed by staff on that day at 11:00 am.

Scholarship Information for children of CUPE 716 members

Each year CUPE 716 is pleased to offer 4 (four) $500. scholarships to children of members of the local. If your child is graduating from secondary school this year, you are welcome to apply. To apply, have your child complete the CUPE Local 716 Scholarship Application 2019 and follow the instructions on the Scholarship Application Intructions page provided.
These forms will also be posted at each worksite. Please make note of the strict deadlline for submissions.

Scholarship Applications – Reminder Deadline May 8, 2019

REMINDER: If you have a child who is graduating fom Secondary School this year, you may wish to apply for a scholarship from your union. To apply, complete the application form and mail or deliver it to the union office together with these two things only:

  • a sealed Diploma Verification Report (if the school is on MyEd) or a sealed transcript of marks and the most recent report card (if the school is not on MyEd)
  • a covering letter

The deadline for applying is VERY important. If sending by Canada Post, it must be postmarked by May 6, 2019. If delivering by hand or courier, it must be delivered to the Union Office before 4:00 pm on May 8, 2019.
Trustees will consider all applications when making the final decision, and winners will be informed on or before May 31, 2019.

Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education – Nominate someone you know !

K-12 Awards deadline extended to April 30

BURNABY – The nomination deadline for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education has been extended to April 30 with award categories updated.

An additional category, Outstanding Support – School Community, for support staff eligible to CUPE members who work as bus drivers, crossing guards, student supervisors, aboriginal cultural facilitators, custodians, maintenance/tradespeople, and clerical workers was added this year. Education assistants and Aboriginal support workers are eligible in the Outstanding Support – Teaching Assistant category.

“We are pleased that the work our members do in schools throughout B.C. is recognized and we encourage locals to nominate members for these awards,” said CUPE K-12 Presidents Council President Warren Williams. “Adding another support category makes these awards inclusive and open to all CUPE members who provide excellent service in B.C.’s schools.”

Full details on categories and the nomination process are available online, along with nomination forms.

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education celebrate the contributions of teachers, administrators and support staff who make a difference in B.C. schools and who are “vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province.” Nominations will now close on April 30, 2019.

Meet the 2018 CUPE finalists and award winner here.