November 27th Meeting & More

Please be advised that I have had to change the December meeting date – rather than having it later in December which is such a busy time  – we will have it on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 7pm in the Tolmie Boardroom.  We will be handing out our 3 bursaries that night which is always a great gift from our membership.

 We had another successful, busy station at the last Pro-D – I wasn’t able to make it but I understand it was well attended.  Thank you for stopping by with your comments and queries – I thought I would address a few of them in this email.

 CELL PHONES – If you are being told that using your cell phone is a requirement for your job please let me know – it is not appropriate for management to ask this of our staff with no compensation for it. 

 WHMIS Training – The majority of our members have received an email that it is time to update their WHMIS.  This is to be done on employer time -if you have received other instructions please reach out to us.

 VIOLENCE IN THE WORK PLACE – We have seen an increase of violence – mostly towards our EAs but certainly not limited to – we are here to support you through this – the link below takes you to the Violence Prevention Protocol – you will be most interested in Pages 3-6.

Violence is NOT part of your job description – that includes biting, spitting, kicking, threatening, etc.  Please report – and again, if you need our assistance contact us.

 SUPERVISION – We are encountering situations where our EAs are being paid at the supervision rate while looking after our designated students – aka “eyes on”.  We currently have a couple of open grievances around this issue.  If you are in this situation please let us know – you all work hard for paycheck and we want to ensure that you are compensated accurately. 

 EAG VS EAP – We receive a lot of questions that start with “I have to toilet my student shouldn’t this be paid as an EAP”.  Toileting is in the EAG job description so you may be asked to do this.  It jumps to the EAP rate when you are working with student’s with health plans (not all) and you are administering insulin and doing daily checks to ensure the levels of these students are good.  If you are working with students (typically but not always in wheelchairs) and you are required to do the lifting and supporting of these students during various activities.

 TIMESHEETS – Please ensure you do your timesheets weekly to ensure there is no disruption to your pay.  We all recognize that may be extenuating circumstances and Payroll will do their best to get you paid as quickly as possible.  When they do need to issue a cheque on a day other than regular pay day they actually have to shut the whole system down (which potentially impacts other employee groups) and start up a new payroll for this.  It isn’t just as easy as issuing a new cheque – it involves lots of steps.  Thank you for your understanding.

 I think that is enough information for one day – I hope you all have a good day as we know that October 31st brings way too much sugar and excitement for many of our students.  I hope that the rain stays away for those of you out with your families tonight.  Again, please contact us anytime and if we do not reply in a timely manner please  resend your email – we are so busy and occasionally one gets missed.

Thank you, 

Jane Massy
CUPE 947

Job Evaluation

Building a Provincial Job Evaluation Program

There are multiple phases and steps to the creation of a Provincial Job Evaluation Program. In the first phase the Provincial Steering Committee created a framework for the project, including drafting a Terms of Reference, a Job Evaluation Plan, drafting provincial benchmark jobs, and choosing the seven pilot districts.

Job Evaluation Committee Bulletin – 2018-10-03


Find Your Candidates

This Saturday voters will go to the polls to in local elections to select City Council members, Mayors, and School Boards.

Are you planning to vote? Find out who CUPE members have endorsed in your local community.


Local elections don’t always get the kind of media attention that see in federal or provincial elections, but don’t let that fool you.

Local leadership matters. Electing progressive community champions is vital to building strong communities.

No one knows this better than CUPE members: early childhood educators, recreation facility workers, education assistants and K-12 support workers helping make public schools safe and inclusive, and frontline workers providing housing and saving lives in the face of the drug overdose crisis–and many more.

Whatever the job, CUPE members show up for our communities, and we expect local leaders to do the same.

That’s why CUPE members across the province have come together to endorse candidates in the B.C. local elections. These candidates will stand up for good community services, and the workers who provide them.

Go to to find out who CUPE members have endorsed in your local area. Our online tool will let you plug in your postal code and find out who we recommend for Mayor, Council and School Board.

I encourage you to share this page with your colleagues, friends and family.

In these elections if we rally together around strong progressive candidates that value public services, we can elect community champions we’ll be proud of.

In solidarity,

Paul Faoro, President CUPE BC