November 2022 Labour Heritage Newsletter

This newsletter is produced by the staff of the BC Labour Heritage Centre on behalf of our board of directors.

In this issue

  • BC’s farmworkers fight for their union in 1980s
  • Tributes to MacPaps on November 11
  • Visit us at ‘the Fed’
  • Labour History Photo of the Month

They put our monthly newsletters, and the link to subscribe should this be something that interests you is in the above link

Education National Sector Conference Documents

Ian was recently in Ottawa at the National Sector Conference. We have been provided with the presentation documents, and have posted them below for you to review should you be interested in reading them.

October 15, 2022 Municipal Elections

The October Municipal Elections will be here before we know it! We are looking at holding an all candidates meeting with the School Board Trustee Candidates, to see where they stand on the issues that matter to us.

Together with our friends at the Richmond Teachers Association and the Richmond District Parents Association, we are pleased to let you know that this meeting will be held on Wednesday October 5th, from 7-9pm on Zoom.  This Webinar is open to the entire Richmond Community and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

Join the Webinar Here

Meeting ID: 898 4922 5859

Passcode: 962249

If you have any questions for the candidates that you would like us to ask, please email them directly to Ian, so that we can be sure they are asked. Alternatively, you can email them to Erica at the Office

Watch this space for more details.

K-12 Presidents Council Bulletin: K-12 Provincial Framework Agreement

Updates on the Provincial Framework Agreement. If you have any questions at all about the difference between Provincial and Local bargaining please reach out and we will happily explain them to you.

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Bargaining Bulletin: Tentative Agreement

As we are sure you have already seen in the news, there has been a tentative agreement made. This is just the first step in the bargaining process, and we will be sharing more information as we get it. So far all we know is what is mentioned in the attached Bulletin.

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Bulletin – Changes to Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

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Please take a moment and read through the below Bulletin about the changes to the right to refuse unsafe work process! It is so important that each and every one of us knows our rights, and the process to follow should they be asked to do unsafe work. If you have any questions, or need help navigating through a situation, please give your Shop Steward a call. Don’t know who they are? Find them here or give Erica a call at the office between 9:30 and 1:30. After 1:30, please call Ian directly.

Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement

The Ministry is rolling this out for the year 2023-2024 so it’s important that we get the CUPE feedback included in the discussions and eventually have a valuable place in the requirements and supports moving forward for our Aboriginal Students and families.

We are asking our members to take a moment and read through the attached PDF, as well as the Guidelines posted by the Ministry of Education found here, and please send any comments to Ingrid at itrouwcupe716@gmail.com.

We are also looking for any indigenous members or representatives that would like to meet with the CUPE BC president and Indigenous cultural representatives to come forward. They can email Ingrid and she will forward their contacts on to the representatives.

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President’s Report – 2021-2022 Year End

Hi everyone. 

We made it through another tumultuous year. Everyone should be very proud of themselves for continuing to make the schools a safe, caring, welcoming place. It couldn’t happen without all of us working together and caring for each other through unprecedented challenging times. The stress of coming to work in the schools is unimaginable but we did it. You rose to the occasion and should be very proud of your determination and drive. Even when things were scary you still came to work to do your job.

We have all been through challenging times in our life. At work and personally. These challenges have made you stronger. You’re still here. Maintain your faith and trust things will get better with time. We know they will. I hope everyone has some time to rest and relax. Whatever makes you smile, go for it. Look after yourselves. 

I am now going to give you an update on bargaining.

The Provincial K-12 bargaining committee has notified me they are pausing bargaining till September. We have been instructed to not start local bargaining until the Provincial committee has reached an agreement with the government on wages, and other monetary issues. We will wait to see what happens Provincially till we start local bargaining. Right now the two sides are far apart on a wage increase. Their offer is far below what we are willing to accept. Cupe is working with other unions to have a united front in the fight to receive fair compensation for the valuable work we do. Without us the schools would not operate. BCGEU took a strike vote and received a strong mandate with a 95% yes vote in favor of job action. This does not mean they are going on strike. This is a tactic to give them more leverage at the bargaining table. 

Once again, try to get some rest and relaxation and recharge. Hope everyone has a great summer and see you in September or maybe sooner!

In Solidarity

Ian Hillman

Cupe 716 President