The Contacts cleanup has proven to be so labour intensive and time consuming for Clerical staff that it will be impossible for most schools to complete before the end of June. This problem is occurring in school districts throughout the province.
For this reason, the deadline for cleanup has been extended into September. It has been decided that SD 23 will specifically train a team of Relief Clerical employees in Contacts cleanup and have them go school to school in September, working exclusively on the cleanup. School Clerical staff will thus be readily available to answer the myriad of questions that will arise concerning students’ family connections, and allow the cleanup to be completed in a timely manner.
Please note that the paper version of the latest newsletter has the incorrect date on the last page for the General Meeting and Welcome Back BBQ. It should read September 17, 2016 not September 11, 2016.
The PEBT (Public Education Benefits Trust) Board of Trustees has approved
improvements to the Core Long Term Disability (LTD) benefit. Please click
on the link below to read about the improvements.
Every spring, CEAs question the requirement to wear shoes with closed
toes. This is a Best Practice policy created by the Health & Safety
Department. It was deemed necessary following multiple reports of
injuries to the foot and time away from work by CEAs wearing sandals, flip
flops, and other summer footwear.
At the March 5, 2016 General Meeting, the membership voted to participate
in the provincial standardized benefits plan. The plan will become active
in September 2017.
Attached is an information sheet indicating the improvements we will
achieve by joining this standardized plan.
Thank you to all members who came out to the general meeting to deal with
this very important matter.
Several questions about extended health benefits were brought forward at March’s General Meeting.
Once a member retires, school district benefits cease. Retirees can join an extended health benefits plan offered by the Municipal Pension Plan upon retirement. Payment for benefits is deducted from the retiree’s monthly pension amount. Information is available about retirement benefits on the MPP website.
Several members have made requests to HR to have their jobs evaluated. They have been provided with forms to fill out and submit to the JE Committee. Quite a few of the requests have never been forwarded to the committee. If you have requested an evaluation and have received forms, please complete them and forward to the committee as soon as possible so that your job can be looked at.
All Noon Hour Supervisors who are in posted positions (not casual or relief NHS) are eligible to work their hour on non-instructional days (NIDs).
Supervisors should speak to their Principal to indicate either their intent to work the hour, or take the day off without pay. The Principal will then assign work that is normally done by members of our CUPE bargaining unit.
Great news! The photos from the 2015 Children’s Christmas Party have now been uploaded to our CUPE Website.
It was extremely unfortunate that our photographer experienced major technical difficulty in processing the photos. He struggled for well over 100 hours on his own time to remedy the problem.
At this time, the CUPE 3523 would like to thank Omer Vautour for his commitment and donation of his own personal time in getting these photos out to our members.
To view the 2015 Christmas photos, please follow these instructions to access photos on the OLD CUPE site located on the District portal:
- Go to sd23.bc.ca
- Click Utility Links in upper left
- Click My 23 Staff along top
- You may have to log in using your School District username and password
- Click Organizations on blue toolbar along top
- Click CUPE (old)
- Click on Children’s Christmas Party 2015 on blue toolbar along top
- Click on Children’s Christmas Party (last line in blue)
- Type No Thanks, Continue to View (last line in blue)
- After viewing your child’s photo (by double clicking on the thumbnail photo), you may wish to download. The download link is located at the upper right corner in blue.
CUPE is looking into the possibility of having next year’s photos uploaded immediately to a laptop. The photos can then be emailed directly to parents/grandparents the same day as the party.