CUPE Local 716 2020 Scholarships – Now Accepting Applications!

CUPE Local 716 2020 Scholarship Applications now being accepted.  This year we have a total of four (4) – $500 scholarships available for the children of CUPE 716 members.

Deadline to apply is May 8, 2020.

Please find the Scholarship Application Form and Instructions here:

CUPE Local 716 Scholarship Application 2020

Scholarship App Instructions 2020



President’s Report – January 2020

Here we are with another January fading, the days are slowly getting longer, and spring is (almost) in the air. I extend to you the happiest wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year. Gong Hey Fat Choi! Just a brief update from your Union on how things are going from our angle and also to update you on a few items.
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Documents from Bargaining 2019

This document lists all the changes agreed to in negotiations.  It was ratified by the Membership on July 14, 2019 and by the Employer on August 23, 2019.

This document summarizes various benefit improvements under the Extended Health & Dental Plan.  More info on the plan can be found at

President’s Report Sept 2019

Welcome to another school year.  I will make my report brief.

When I became president a few years ago, the Local was in a very difficult position. We had had a change-over in management and many difficulties followed, including a labour relations climate that we did not expect.  Today, I am happy to report that countless issues have been resolved, and we completed bargaining with good results that will assure 0.5hrs per week more for our Education Assistants who have been struggling to get hours since those were decimated by previous governments.

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CUPE 716 Contract has now been Ratified

Human Resources will be forwarding your new Collective Agreement sometime in the new school year. Wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2019 will be reflected in support staff pay stubs in September.


The Bargaining Committee has reached a new Memorandum of Agreement with the School District #38 Richmond. Due to the complications with BCTF bargaining we must hold this meeting with very little notice.

Please note location: McMATH SECONDARY SCHOOL, 4251 Garry Street, Richmond BC at 5:00 pm.  Registration & sign-in will begin at 4:30 pm. 

Everyone who falls under the Collective Agreement is permitted to attend and vote – not only members.

Due to the short notice, please connect with your colleagues and let them know.

Goodbye, and thanks for everything!

Sharon Griffin-West, our administrative manager, has retired.  Sharon was the wonderful and kind voice who picked up the phone when you called the office. She made sure everything was done on time, that members who became sick were sent get-well cards, she paid our bills and followed up on grievances, scheduled meetings, maintained our files, and kept the Local functioning. She has been an immense help to us, a caring and loving person, and she will be missed.

We wish Sharon all the very best, and may she find all the hope and joy in retirement that she has well-earned. Sharon was a giant in every good way and we will miss her.


Transporting Students with Behavioural, Special Needs

The District Health & Safety Committee does not support anyone driving students who are identified with ‘Challenging Behaviour’ (violence/harm to self or others) or have an Employee Safety Plan until a risk assessment is completed to determine if it is safe to drive. To read further on this and on WorkSafe’s Recommendations, please click HERE.