Know Your Collective Agreement

Your Collective Agreement is one of the most important documents you will ever be given. It contains all the contract agreements that help and protect you at work. If you have questions about what is and isn’t allowed, the first place to look is the Collective Agreement. Keep your copy handy and read it through.

If you are wondering ‘What will the Union do for me?’ check your Collective Agreement. The Union will protect all the hard won benefits in your Collective Agreement.

A copy of the Collective Agreement 2014-2019 is available on this website under the ‘Resources’ tab.

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day which honours the survivors of Indian Residential Schools, and remembers the thousands of children who did not survive.  Attached is a poster to display in schools and classrooms.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission School and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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Please feel free to post events and photos on the Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters Facebook page

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Extended Health Plan

A one time opportunity has been given to school district staff members who may have originally chosen not to enrol in the Extended Health Plan to, at this time of transition to the new plan, enrol. The information on what to do is attached for your convenience.

Please note that if you are already enrolled in the extended health care plan you will not be 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. The enrolment form must be completed and returned to Payroll NO LATER than September 30th and the effective coverage date would be September 1st, 2017.

For your information, we have attached the Extended Health Plan Comparison chart between our old health plan and the new plan for your convenience.

CUPE BC Fall Weeklong School

CUPE BC’s weeklong Fall School is being held in Nanaimo from October 29 – November 3, 2017. Please check out our Education tab for more information. If you would like to attend, the first step is to complete an Education Application and send it to the union office at Sea Island School through interoffice mail. If you prefer, you can scan your Education Application and attach it to an email to the union office.

If you are injured at work know this !

Every injury, no matter how small you may think it is, should be reported. The first thing you should always do is report the injury to your admin and First Aid or Health & Safety rep at your worksite. There is a form that must be completed within 24 hours. Also there is form 6a which is the employer’s record of injury and there is another form, form 6 which is your record of injury. Be sure to complete the form 6. It is available here.

If you are injured at work and a meeting is going to be held concerning that injury, and if there is going to be any admin present, a Union rep MUST be in attendance also. If you have been asked to attend such a meeting, do not attend until you have talked to your Shop Steward.

We Care

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, or of an injury or illness they may have suffered, please let us know by contacting the CUPE office at 604-273-1651. Depending on the event, we will send flowers or a card. You might prefer to email your Shop Steward and they will let us know. We’ll even tell you who your Shop Steward is.

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.