CUPE BC Press Release - November 30, 2017

posted Nov 30, 2017, 3:59 PM by CUPE 561   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 4:00 PM ]

CUPE 561 rally calls on District to restore post-retirement health benefits

COQUITLAM - In an evening rally that led straight to the regular school board meeting on November 28, a crowd of more than 75 members of CUPE 561 and other locals called on School District 43 to restore post-retirement health benefits.

CUPE 561 President Dave Ginter thanked members of his and other locals as well as retirees and members of the public, who braved the dark and chilly night to join the rally. Participants wore red T-shirts with the message "Stop the Cuts" and carried placards calling for post-retirement health benefits to be restored. After rallying outside, they handed out brochures while parading through the small school district meeting room.

"We'll be respectful," Ginter told the crowd. "Write to each trustee. And don't forget that 2018 is an election year."

In May, School District 43 announced that post-retirement health benefits for all workers retiring after December 31, 2017 would be cut. Many members are retiring earlier than planned to ensure that they receive health benefits, resulting in a loss of experience and mentorship capability in the district.

CUPE 561 is running a campaign to let the public know what's happening and ask for their support. As well as newspaper and radio advertising, the campaign includes transit shelter ads that feature CUPE 561 members.

"I believe we will be successful," Ginter told the large crowd.

CUPE 561 represents 1,600 K-12 education support workers and 80 library workers in Coquitlam, 200 BC Transit workers in the Fraser Valley, as well as 650 retirees.


BROKEN PROMISES Post-Retirement Health Benefits

posted Nov 23, 2017, 2:27 PM by CUPE 561   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 12:42 PM ]

Please read this important notice with information on how to offer your support to help reverse post-retirement health benefits cuts!

NEWS BULLETIN November 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 3:30 PM by CUPE 561   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 3:30 PM ]

Please see this notice for information regarding wages applied by the Economic Stability Dividend for May 2018.

Childrens' Christmas Party

posted Oct 31, 2017, 3:35 PM by CUPE 561   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 12:41 PM ]

Registration has now closed.  Looking forward to seeing all who pre-registered on December 10th!!!


posted Jul 4, 2017, 3:26 PM by CUPE 561   [ updated Jul 4, 2017, 3:26 PM ]

Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Bulletin!!  Please read this document for more information on this subject.

Volunteers & Work of Bargaining Unit

posted Sep 30, 2014, 1:55 PM by CUPE 561   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 1:56 PM ]

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 please let the Union Office know.

Tribunal Rules on Allegations of Adverse Treatment by Union

posted Feb 27, 2012, 11:26 AM by Glen Gibson   [ updated Feb 28, 2012, 8:26 AM ]

Not Discriminatory conduct, Tribunal finds...

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