May 8, 2019

MINUTES by Laurie Butterworth

EA Unit Reps - There are still a few schools without EA reps. If your school does not have a rep, please consider taking this on. This is how we get our information out to everyone.

The following schools still needs reps:
Beach Grove
Cliff Drive
Cougar Canyon
English Bluff
Sunshine Hills

Recording Secretary - the EA Unit needs a recording secretary. Is there an EA that would like to take on this task? It would consist of attending meetings, taking minutes, then passing them onto EA Unit Chair.

Bumping process and postings – The EA unit encompasses EA’s, CYCW-Child and Youth Care Workers, Multicultural Workers, Strong Start and EA Peer Support. These positions can be bumpable in the bumping process only if you are qualified. If you believe you have the qualifications in a different classification than the job you’re in you can contact Dale Hunter and discuss with her your bumping choices. Some EAs whose bumping choices were not available have been offered positions (not on their choice sheet) for September. If you know this is happening, please let Daun or Sherryann know. Rescind letters and new assignment letters will be sent to your folder in Employee Connect. You will not get an email telling you to check your folder.

First Posting Booklet - May 17 the new posting booklet comes out.

General Meeting – The JE committee worked through a very intense process to approve the new classification for EAs. They spent 4 hours at our CUPE Office to read through the JE positions before they met with HR. They felt confident in their decision to approve the new EA Job Class.

Negotiations for our new contract started today. We have approx 35 proposals on the table. Contract must be signed by November 30, 2019. If it’s not signed, CUPE National mediation steps in to see where the holdups are and tries to help settle these. If the new contract is signed by November 30 there will be a signing bonus. If the teachers go on strike we must sign before they serve strike notice. We have time to really make sure this is a good contract for us!

OHS – Joanna Angelidis and Mike Messersmitdt are working on Student Safety Plan Procedures. The SIPP -Student Incident Processes and Protocol Committee was formed with Patti Price, Eileen Penny, Ian Reade, Joanna Anegilidis, Clare Clancy and others to look at what was needed. Then out of the that Inclusive Learning hired an outside consultant to look at new procedures. An advisory committee has been formed with Joanna and Mike Messersmidt. Hopefully something is coming out from that. All work safe procedures and policies are in our K-12 Provincial Bargaining framework agreement and must be followed.

EA First Aid – May 17th course has openings. It will also be offered the 1st 3 Pro D days in the fall. The employer must provide this if it’s required for our job. There are forms on FC you can access to apply for reimbursement from HR. You must apply before the course date then reimbursement only happens after you have attended and completed the course. See info on First Class under HR. Print the from and follow the steps on the form. The union may also be able to help with reimbursement. You can email and ask about the process.

CPI - there are 8 certified CPI trainers in the District now. The EA Peer Supports hope to provide many training sessions next school year.

District ID – by September, all employees hopefully will have ID tags. They will have the Delta logo, picture, first name and position.

Union Elections – This year the positions up for election are:
1st VP, 3rd VP (OHS position), Secretary Treasurer and 1 trustee. Information will be on CUPE website soon.

General Meeting - May 25th, next meeting will be at NDSS and this for is the one nominations up for election (Important!) June 15, at DMEC will be voting day.

EA Peer Support - There is First Aid running on May 17 ProD. No CPI as all the Coordinators have the 4 day weekend off, so we couldn’t secure an Instructor. There are a few First Aid spots left but the money for reimbursement through HR has run out for this school year. They would need to pay for it themselves. There will be more money in place for Sept. Sherri Buss has secured a First Aid Instructor for the first 3 Pro D Days in the fall and there will more if needed. There will be plenty of CPI classes running in the fall as well. There is no need for anyone to feel panicked that they won’t get it. Many will be offered. Also an EA workshop on May 17 for all EA’s being offered and provided by EA Peer Supports.

EA In-service Committee – they will be meeting with Claire Clancy for next year’s plan.

Retirement Seminars – The next seminar will be held October 18, 19 & 20. It will be held at DMEC. There are 35 spots, 33 on list already. Priority will be given to those retiring in the next 2 years. Please done register yourself. Contact Linda at the Cupe office to register. Patti Price is on the Committee for Municipal Pension Plan. She is happy to help anyone with retirement/pension questions. Please reach out to her.

EA Social – June 20 at Seaquam 3:45pm
All EA’s, CYCW, MultiCultural Workers, Strong Start and EA Peer Support are welcome!
The EA social committee is organizing this. Watch for detailed info coming soon. We will be recognizing any EA’s who have retired this year. Each school has been assigned a pot luck dish to bring (collaboratively) for the number of people attending from that school. Please let your schools rep know if you will be attending. The social committee will provide the plates, utensils, beverages.

There was discussion about paying dues to cover social activities ($2 a month out of our paycheques) which would be optional. Also, a list of activities that might be of interest to us. This included things like bbqs, casino nights, community events, fundraiser walks/runs. The majority of those in attendance voted in favour of participating. The social committee will look further into this process for next year. Our Local Clerical and Maintenance Departments collect dues for Social Activities in their Units. We hope to do the same for EA’s.

CUPE BC Convention – EA’s Daun and Cyndi Smith attended in Victoria. It was very informative. Some resolutions brought forward to BC Government on Safety Plans for students and EA Violence and Safety in the work place.