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 can help and protect you at work. Please keep your copy handy and read it through. You may want to set aside time to read it Article by Article rather than all at once. Article 2, pages 3 & 4 deal with Management Rights and Union Security. Please read these two pages. Importantly note Section 7 which states that ‘New employees shall be presented with a copy of this Agreement by the Board on commencement of employment.’

If you have not received your Copy of the Collective Agreement, please contact the union office at 604-273-1651. It is also available on this website under the ‘Resources’ tab at the top of the home page.


CUPE 716 Scholarships 2017

This year we are offering a total of 5 scholarships to the children of CUPE 716 members. If you have a child who is graduating from Secondary School this year, you may wish to apply for one of these scholarships. You can find information about the scholarships here:

Scholarship App Info

RSB Local 716 Scholarship Application 2017

Gordon Cameron Scholarship Application 2017

2017 Scholarship Information

Applications must be sent by Canada Post and postmarked by May 12, 2017. They can be hand delivered to the Union office at Sea Island School (upstairs) from Monday – Wednesday until May 9, 2017. Winners will be informed by May 31, 2017. This Scholarship information is also being sent in hard copy form to each worksite.

If you are injured at work know this !

Every injury, no matter how small you may think it is, should be reported. You never know if it may affect your health over time. The first thing you should always do is report the injury to your admin and First Aid or Health & Safety rep at your worksite. Did you know that there is a form that must be completed within 24 hours.

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.

Is Privatization Good?

There was a time when government was responsible for the upkeep of infrastructure and for providing education, health care, etc. Governments have been taken over by business friendly politicians and a few decades ago a push for privatization began. Because the concept of ‘privatization’ was accompanied by good PR, the idea was readily accepted by the general public. We are now seeing some of the disastrous results worldwide. In Australia, as in just about every other corner of the world, the ‘Global Economy’ has changed the lives of people.

One former advocate for privatization, Rod Sims, the Chief of the ACCC is dismayed at how it has changed the quality of product, eg. their health care has declined, yet the cost has increased. Often doubling or tripling over a few years. He now says that privatization has damaged the economy.

Your Pension

CUPE 716 members are part of the Municipal Pension Plan. To find out more information about your pension, or to download forms, visit the MPP website. You are already a member and can start an account and find out the answers to all your questions there. It’s well worth taking a little test drive around the site before you retire.

The Municipal Pension Plan offers workshops for you to learn more about your pension before you retire. They are worth attending so you can be well informed and plan for your future.