2018/2019 CUPE General Meetings

The following CUPE General Meetings, with the exception of the November Election Meeting, are held Saturdays in Room 2 at Hollywood Road Education Services starting at 9:30 a.m.

September 22, 2018
October 13, 2018
January 19, 2019
February 9, 2019
March 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
May 25, 2019
June 15, 2019

The CUPE General Election Meeting will be on November 17, 2018 in Room 1, Hollywood Road Education Services starting at 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!   We hope you enjoyed a much deserved holiday with family and friends (despite all the smoke).  For those members who worked over the summer, thanks for all your hard work to ensure schools are ready to open next week.  Please note that Operations staff and contractors will continue to work in the schools to finish various projects.

We wish you a wonderful year.

CUPE Executive

CUPE Retirement Planning Workshop, November 1-3, 2018

The next CUPE Retirement Planning Workshop will be held November 1-3, 2018 at Hollywood Road Education Services, Room 2.

If you are within 5 years of retiring and have not attended a CUPE retirement planning workshop in the past 5 years, please email our office to sign up at office@cupe3523.ca.  Spaces are limited – first come, first served.



Collective Agreement

It was brought to our attention by some of our members that they may be denied certain rights which are in our negotiated Collective Agreement.  If you are questioning a decision, please read your Collective Agreement to ensure you have the correct information which has been negotiated both Provincially and Locally.

If you’re still unsure after reviewing the Collective Agreement , please contact your shop steward. Please note that no one has the Collective Agreement memorized and we all need to read it when issues arise.

Example:  A member asked his supervisor if he was entitled to overtime and was told “no”.  After contacting CUPE and going through the Collective Agreement with his shop steward, it was determined that he was, in fact, entitled to overtime.


There have been many questions brought forward to CUPE regarding outside contractors doing CUPE work.  Operations works with School District 23 using Jurisdiction Forms when outside contractors are requested.  These forms are filled out by SD23 Management requesting outside contractors to do CUPE work.  The forms explain in detail what the work is going to be and what company is going to do it.  These jurisdictions also relate to students being allowed to do CUPE work (i.e. weeding in a school garden).

Once the forms are completed, SD23 Management submits them to the CUPE President, who then speaks with the appropriate CUPE coordinator at Operations.  The coordinators let our CUPE President know whether or not they can do the work.  They know if there is enough manpower or equipment to do the requested job.

When CUPE gets permission from the coordinators to sign a jurisdiction, the work is on a “one time, without prejudice or precedent” basis and the outside contractors can then do the work.

All jurisdictions are kept in the Union office on Springfield Road.  Should questions arise regarding contractors working in our schools, a jurisdiction can be looked up.  All administrators and management know the process.

On occasion, work is done without a jurisdiction from CUPE.  When that comes to the attention of CUPE, a grievance is filed against the offending site or department.

CUPE appreciates when members contact our office if they are unsure that outside workers should be doing CUPE work.  We can very easily check to see if there is a jurisdiction in place for the work.

Messages from the President

Phone messages:  Apologies for any calls not returned.  When we listen to messages, there are times when only a first name is left or the phone number is read off very quickly.  Please leave both your first and last name and recite your phone number slowly.  We value your calls.  Much appreciated from your Executive.

Clarifying short term disability:  Short term disability was negotiated through School District 23 and CUPE’s Collective Agreement.  If a member is sick or injured and off work for more than a week and up to months, we have a joint early intervention service (JEIS) that is mandatory participation.

When SD23 refers a member to Desjardins (insurer), a health care management specialist from Desjardins will call the member directly.  This call could occur on the first day of a referral from SD23.  They will be asking medical questions that are kept confidential and not shared with either CUPE or SD23.  They will set up programs and/or appointments with doctors/specialists/physio/counselling etc.  Your family doctor is always notified (kept in the loop) with the program.  These steps are for the members’ benefits in order to facilitate returning to work and the programs etc. may be adjusted with consultations among all parties.

When the health care management specialists set up programs and a member chooses not to follow the program, there is the possibility that he/she will lose their short term disability.  Also, this could affect qualifying for long term disability if off for more than 120 days.

Spring 2018 CUPE Retirement Planning Workshop

UPDATE Wednesday, March 7th:

We are currently full for the May 31st-June 2nd Retirement Planning Workshop; however, we are taking names to add to our wait list for the tentative fall workshop.  Please note that you are welcome to register for retirement planning workshops providing you have your supervisor’s permission and you have not attended a workshop in the past 5 years.


We have just received confirmation from CUPE BC that the next CUPE Retirement Planning Workshop here in Kelowna (HRES) will be held from Thursday, May 31st – Saturday June 2nd.  There are still a few spots left.  If you are within 5 years of retirement, have permission from your supervisor to attend, and wish to take the workshop, please email our office at:  office@cupe3523.ca.

If you working in a posted position (permanent or temporary), CUPE will cover your wages for Thursday and Friday only (unless Saturdays are one of your posted days of work).  If you working as a casual (on the relief list), CUPE does not cover your wages but you are invited to attend.