CUPE BC COMMITTEES | 2021-2023 TERM

Dear members,

This message is to announce that CUPE BC is now accepting nominations online for all 21 committees for the 2021-2023 term. 

PROCESS CHANGE:

Please note that the 2022-2023 committee nomination process is slightly different than previous years. The nomination process has been revised to bring it into closer alignment with CUPE National processes. In addition, we are asking nominees (applicants) to submit their own nominations, which will allow us to capture information to help build more inclusive committees.

APPLICATION:

At this time, we are asking nominees to complete the form themselves (not nominators: Locals or District Councils) and to self-identify as members of any equity-seeking groups. If you are a nominator completing the form online on behalf of the nominee, please consult and obtain permission from the nominee prior to submitting the form.

Online Nomination Form: Click here

Submission Deadline:  Monday, July 5, 2021 (end of day)

COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE | COMMITTEE STRUCTURE CRITERIA

Please click here to view the Terms of Reference for all 21 CUPE BC Committees.  Kindly note that certain CUPE BC Committees have specific appointment criteria, as outlined below:

Pensions Committee

Members are appointed by the Executive Board and should whenever possible include a retiree, a young worker and a non-municipal pension plan member.

Political Action Committee

All Committee members must maintain membership in the New Democratic Party throughout the term of the committee, failure to do so may result in the removal from the committee by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Young Workers Committee

With the exception of the Chairperson appointed by the Executive Board, Members of the committee should be 30 years of age or younger.

Transportation Committee

A member shall be appointed by the Executive Board whenever possible from the airline sector.

Universities & Colleges Committees

Members of both the Colleges and/or Universities Committees must be Presidents of their CUPE Locals.  If you are a President of a CUPE Local at a BC Post-Secondary Institution, we still ask that you complete the online nomination form to ensure we have your current contact information.

Should you have any questions with regards to the CUPE BC Committee Call for Nominations, please contact the CUPE BC Office (info@cupe.bc.ca) for further assistance.

In Solidarity,

CUPEBC Division

Presidents Report – May 2021

Dear Members,

I am writing today to update you on where we stand in the Budget process for next year.  We have met multiple times with Richmond’s MLA’s to discuss the shortfall and funding levels, however despite this lobbying they have declined. They based their decision on the fact the District has a 9.8 million dollar surplus. We understand that there needs to be some surplus maintained for unexpected situations, but strongly believe that this is the time to spend more of it.  Like we have said many times, it is a rainy day, it is time to spend the rainy day fund. Thank you to Trustee Richard Lee for advocating for the Trustees to spend more of the surplus so that our members can continue to work to support the students of SD 38. Unfortunately he was not supported by the other Trustees but we appreciate his advocacy. The budget was passed and Trustee Lee was the only one to vote no. 

I am still taken aback by the fact the district wasn’t interested in being more creative in looking at other areas to balance the budget. I am sure we all know of ways the district could save money other than cutting our jobs. But they chose not to. 

We are also trying to work with the employer on the Educational Assistant downsizing. Your Union believes any downsizing, regardless of the FTE allocation, should be done by seniority. The employer disagrees. We have filed a grievance on this.

We now have to support our members who will lose their jobs. I can’t imagine the stress and anxiety they have been experiencing waiting for the budget to pass. Now that it has, the reality is setting in, they are really going to lose their jobs. I ask you to join me in saying we are here for you and will do everything we can to support you moving forward. If there ever was a time for solidarity – it is now.

In Solidarity

Ian Hillman

Cupe 716 President

Richmond Municipal By Election – May 29th, 2021

In every municipal and school district election, employees have an opportunity to elect their employer.  This year, due to a council vacancy, there is a City of Richmond Council By-election.  We are joining both CUPE Locals at the City (Locals 718 & 394) and the Vancouver District Labour Council in endorsing Karina Reid in this important by-election and are asking for your support to elect Karina to City Council.

In person voting will be May 29th, but Richmond residents are able to register for a mail in voting package. Further information can be found on the City Website.

https://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/elections/services.htm

Results of the Election

The Election was held electronically May 8-10, and in person on May 10.

A total of 119 voters successfully registered to vote online. Of those, 112 cast a ballot.

An additional 5 persons voted in-person.

There was only one minor glitch, which was rectified with the assistance of the member impacted.

PositionElected
Shop Steward – Administrative AssistantsHenry, Louise
Shop Steward – Education AssistantsRyan, Dianne
Shop Steward – TransportationInouye, Terri

All elected candidates accepted their positions, which leaves the position of Sgt-at-Arms vacant and will be open to nominations at the upcoming membership meeting.

I wish to thank all those who ran and the committee members.

Susanne Chaffe

May Pro-D Day – SOGI for Cupe

Please join us in this SOGI session for CUPE members. During our session, we will be covering what SOGI inclusive learning environments look like, sound like and feel like. We will also be joined by student leaders from Burnett and Cambie, who will share their experiences of schooling with adults who hear and accept them as LGBTQ2S+ youths. Our session together will:

  • explore our own intersectionality and how that plays a role in the way we interact with students and colleagues
  • do a self assessment for what we are already doing and what we can do to contribute to inclusive learning environments
  • discuss why it’s important to practise gender neutral language with students and colleagues
  • ​answer some questions about how young SOGI can go
  • include some resources for further professional development in SOGI ​

Facilitators for this session are Loreen Thomson, CUPE; Ellen Hsu, RTA; and Destiny Lang, Student Leader – Burnett

May 21st 9-11am – Registration is open now on the portal!

Eileen Lim for Clerical Shop Steward

My name is Eileen Lim.  I have been nominated for Administrative Assistant Shop Steward in the upcoming election.  I am honoured and privileged to stand for this position again. 

I started my employment with Richmond School District 38 in 2011 and have worked in the board office as an administrative assistant, a year and a half in Continuing Education and eight and a half years as program assistant in the International Department.

I started getting involved with our union by attending general meetings in 2018.  In 2019, I was nominated and voted into the Para-Educator shop steward role for 5 months.  As the Administrative Assistant Shop Steward position became vacant, I was nominated and acclaimed to that position for the remaining term.  In May 2020, I was nominated again and re-acclaimed the same position.

There is still a lot for me to learn from the executive team and from my union sisters and brothers; but I am definitely not fazed by any new challenges related to the position.  I am highly motivated and approachable to help tackle obstacles head on in order to get the job done. I may not have a lot of experience, but I am always keen and open to learning new things.  With my unwavering commitment and determination, I can serve my union sisters and brothers and ensure that our concerns are always heard and addressed.  I am looking forward to the post pandemic days when I can meet all of you in person.  I am tired of virtual meetings.  I miss seeing faces with no masks.

It has been a challenging year for all of us administrative assistants as front liners.  Amidst all the uncertainties, frustrations and stresses, we continue to work even harder to support and care for our students to keep them safe in school. 

It would be a great honour if I am voted in as the Administrative Assistant Shop Steward so I can use this as my platform to represent and serve my fellow colleagues.  I am humbly seeking your support for re-election.  If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to email me at elimcupe716@gmail.com or call me at 604-272-1895.

Please take a few minutes to register and to vote for me during the upcoming election from May 8-10.  Every vote counts.  Thank you in advance for your consideration and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to vote.

In Solidarity,

Eileen Lim

Dianne Ryan for EA Shop Steward

Hello Cupe 716 Brothers and Sisters,
My name is Dianne Ryan and I have been nominated for EA Shop Steward in the upcoming
election. I am honoured and humbled to stand for this position again.
I have been an Education Assistant in Richmond since September 2000 and have worked around
the District, mostly in elementary but a few years in high school too. I have been involved with
our Union on and off for all those years. Sometimes I was more interested than others, like when
I was laid off, when we were on strike, or when I was working with a particularly violent student,
the union was much more interesting to me then. I was grateful for the work that people did on
my behalf and I could see that I had a good job with good benefits and some pension because of
the Union.
2 years ago, I volunteered, and was elected to be Sargeant at Arms for our union because they
seemed to be really hurting for people to help out and people told me that this job would be easy.
I was given a voice at the table. I soon became the IT Shop steward, as there was no one to do
that job. I started to learn about being a shop steward. I started taking some Union education
when it was available to me. I started to see and learn about Cupe 716 and how things worked.
My friend Loreen also got involved so we have journeyed together which has made it more fun.
In May last year I was nominated and elected your EA Shop Steward. It has been a challenging
year for many of us with prolonged uncertainty and continuous stress. I found out that your EA
Shop Steward is busy with inquiries about many things coming from many directions. There has
been much to learn and most of it lately has been on line. Winter school, attended on line, Cupe
National Convention, on line, investigations, on line, executive meetings, on line, everything on
line. I miss people. I can only handle so much zoom. I am tired but I have never been prouder to
be an Education Assistant. The work we do every day has been proven essential and I can’t
imagine what our work place would be without many of the EAs I work with every day.
It would be my great honour to continue to represent you as your EA Shop Steward and I am
seeking your support for re-election. Please take a few minutes to vote for me during the
upcoming election from May 8-10. The union is you and every vote counts. Thank you for your
time and consideration.
In Solidarity,

Dianne Ryan