Welcome Back

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are looking forward to the new school year.

A big thank you to all Operations Staff for their excellent work ensuring new classrooms were in place for the beginning of the school year (Restored Language) and schools/sites were cleaned and maintained with all the extra activity going on.  We recognize that this was a very stressful summer for all 12-month CUPE employees and thank  everyone for going above and beyond.

With the start of the 2017-18 school year, new 10 and 12 month postings were created  through retirements etc.   We understand that along with the excitement there is a great deal of stress learning a new job.  Supervisors, fellow members and shop stewards are here to support and listen to any concerns you may have.

All the best for a great year!

CUPE Local 3523

CEAs: Learning Improvement Fund (LIF)

Attention CEAs:

During the LIF Agreement meetings, it was discussed and agreed that CEAs who accept LIF hours for the 2017/2018 school year will be required to work those LIF hours throughout the remainder of the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact the CUPE Office at 250 860-3523.



Additional Pacific Blue Cross Information

Please click on the link before for additional benefits information for SD23 .

PEBT Benefits for 2017


The Union has fielded many questions regarding the move to the Provincially negotiated Blue Cross package that starts September 2017.

There were two main concerns that were discussed at the General Meeting on June 10th.

#1  If a member has paid his/her deductible for this year, that amount applies when requesting further services/prescriptions/glasses for the rest of 2017.

#2  Whatever the members have claimed so far this year continues in September (ie massage therapy limit was $500 is now increased to $750.  If you claimed the full $500 so far this year you may continue claiming the remaining $250 to December 31, 2017.)

Attached is a list of benefit improvements from the Provincial plan starting in September 2017.

Blue Cross Improvements for Sept. 2017

Retirement Planning Workshop-November 23-25, 2017

The upcoming CUPE Retirement Planning Workshop is November 23-25, 2017 at Hollywood Road Education Services.  If you are within 3-5 years of retirement (or sooner) and are interested in attending, please email the CUPE Union office in order to have your name added to the list.

The Union’s office email is: office@cupe3523.ca.

Please note:  You must have your Supervisor’s permission to attend.

The Union’s clerical support person is Shirley and she will respond to your emails on Wednesdays.  Please note that Shirley is away until September but will respond to you in that first or second week.

Shirley will email details in October regarding booking off for the Workshop and claiming lunch expenses etc.

Viewing Collective Agreements, Forms, Etc.

There have been a number of calls regarding members not being able to view the Collective Agreement after clicking on the link.  We have spoken with the tech department in SD 23 and they have checked our website and downloaded forms with no problem.  Also, the Union executive have tested the download process through Chrome, Firefox and Safari with no issues.

The tech department suggests that members check their computers as downloads may appear in the bottom left corner of the screen or perhaps in the download documents area.  There may also be a highlighted or flashing download arrow at the top right of the screen.   Additionally, computers must have the up-to-date Adobe or any other reader installed.


Job Evaluation 2 Day Training Course

There will be a 2 day Job Evaluation Training course held at Hollywood Road Education Services on October 30 & 31, 2017.

If you are interested in attending, please call the Union office at 250.860.3523 or email David Tether at president@cupe3523.ca.