This School District #43 Letter of Understanding purports to modify, or to create obligations, not contained in the Collective Agreement.  All the Letter of Understanding deals with is a method to allow CUPE Members to perform meaningful work in a different manner.  The agreement lasts to June 30, 2020 and can be terminated with twenty-four hours notice by either party.

All SD#43 CUPE employees should now have a work schedule provided to them by their Supervisor.

Please click this link for the Letter of Understanding.


If you have a question email the Union Office at  CUPE 561 is here and we will ALL get through this crisis.



The Library's Letter of Understanding is signed and can be viewed by clicking on this link; or look in the 'Publications' tab under the Library section.



The First Canada Unit's Letter of Understanding can be viewed by clicking this link


PEBT/JEIS - Please see these bulletins from the Public Education Benefits Trust:

Government of BC Employment Standards & Income Support:
The BC Government has put out information related to COVID-19 & employment; to read this information please click this link.

April 15, 2020 The Federal government announced changes to the CERB benefit today, and now workers whose hours have been reduced and are making less than $1,000 per month now qualify for the CERB.  However, people who quit their job voluntarily still don’t qualify for the CERB.  Note this is retroactive to March 15, 2020.  Check out the Government’s website for more details:


Below is all information received from CUPE BC & CUPE K-12 Presidents Council:

WorkSafeBC document on the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work
Flattening the Curve: K-12 Bulletin 3, April 9, 2020
Public Health Guidelines:  K-12 Bulletin 4, April 24th.
BC CDC Safety Protocol - document.

CUPE BC Letter of March 22, 2020

CUPE BC's Webpage link:

CUPE NATIONAL has published a document on Income Supports for Workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please Click This Link to read it.

April 20, 2020 - CUPE’s most recently updated info on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit:


Please see the link for information from the School District:

SAFETY PROTOCOL GUIDELINES - Vulnerable Learner Support and Instruction Please click this link to read this document.

C.U.P.E. 561 Serves

The C.U.P.E. 561 local serves the support staff of the follow organizations:

      • School District #43 (Coquitlam)
      • Coquitlam Public Libraries
      • First Canada ULC-Fraser Valley
      • Children's-House Montessori Pre-School Society

Upcoming Meetings

  • First Canada Unit ELECTIONS The First Canada Unit is currently nominating Members for positions.  The Ballots will be done and submitted at the next meeting on July 5th.Sunday, July 5, 2020  - -  7:00pm ...
    Posted Jun 26, 2020, 1:36 PM by CUPE 561
  • Up-Coming General Union Meetings - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! All meetings are held at Riverside Secondary School (2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam).All meetings are Saturdays, begin at 8:30am, and last approximately two (2) hours.  Parking in ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:09 PM by CUPE 561
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Recent Announcements

  • CUPE K-12 Video Animation CUPE has provided the video below; have a watch!!
    Posted Jul 9, 2018, 10:28 AM by CUPE 561
  • MPP Slide Presentation This document is the slide presentation, presented to Members at the Ratification Vote meetings.
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 10:30 AM by CUPE 561
  • Volunteers & Work of Bargaining Unit - SD #43 To all locations: Members need to be aware of Article 10.11   10.11 Work of the Bargaining Unit   The Union shall not have its certificate of bargaining authority reduced as a result of volunteers.   The Board further agrees that volunteers will be supernumerary to established positions in the bargaining unit and that the use of volunteers will not result in the layoff of employees. Duties of the laid off employee(s) will not be performed by volunteers at that location.   For the purposes of this Article 10.11 layoff shall mean a reduction in the work force or any reduction of hours for any employee.    If there are any volunteers at your site performing work of laid off Members ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2018, 9:35 AM by CUPE 561
  • Tribunal Rules on Allegations of Adverse Treatment by Union Not Discriminatory conduct, Tribunal finds...Read More Here
    Posted Feb 28, 2012, 8:26 AM by Glen Gibson
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