April 12, 2016

CUPE 15 urges public to stand up for public education

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is considering permanent closure of 12 to 13 schools in order to balance their budget. The BC Liberal government has increased funding to private schools while making cuts to the public system. After fifteen years of chronic underfunding, arbitrary occupancy rate requirements, downloading extra costs to boards and families, and reneging on their promise to seismically upgrade all schools by 2020, this government has clearly shown its lack of commitment to public education. 

December 18, 2015

CUPE 409 makes case to restore custodial services

NEW WESTMINSTER – Last week CUPE 409 President Marcel Marsolais, joined by members who work as custodians, spoke to School District 40's Operations Policy & Planning Committee about the detrimental effect of custodial service cuts and underfunding.

The local called on the board to immediately restore the full-day custodian position at New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS), noting that underfunding has led to staff shortages throughout the district.

July 3, 2015

CUPE 411 builds on community relationships at car show

Lots of kids and families visited CUPE 411’s new tent at the Chilliwack Classic Car Show.

CHILLIWACK – Despite the heat wave, CUPE 411 had lots of visitors at their tent for the
Chilliwack Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 28. 

This is the second year that the local, representing K-12 education support workers in Chilliwack, participated in the popular community event. CUPE 411 President Rod Isaac said that the local has been connecting with folks ‘slowly and surely.’ 

June 2, 2015

EAs invited to participate in graduate student survey on EA and Teacher relationships

BURNABY – CUPE EAs are invited to participate in a survey by Kamelia Dousti-Stee, a Masters of Education student at Vancouver Island University, who is working on her thesis.  She is studying how teachers and educational assistants see consultation and collaboration in their everyday work.  Dousti-Stee is hoping to discover what is working and what additional supports are needed to improve and cultivate the relationship of EAs and teachers.

May 21, 2015

CUPE 3570 calls on Board to review massive EA cuts

QUALICUM – CUPE 3570 President Lisa Paine is calling on School District #69 (Qualicum) to review budget cuts and the layoff of 16 Education Assistants (EAs).

“What will the effect be for students next September?” asks Paine.

Paine is concerned that EAs are required to take on more and more students. On any given day, an EA in a high school could be working with 10 to 12 students.  When they are not replaced, the already-heavy workload of other EAs is increased and supports for students are compromised.

May 19, 2015

CUPE Local 606 calls on Board to amend budget

NANAIMO –CUPE 606 President Rob Zver today called on the School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) Board to amend its budget and properly fund education support services. Despite having a surplus of $1.7 million for 2015, the Board recently passed a budget that calls for large cuts to the facilities department including layoffs for caretakers, carpenters, electricians, maintenance and grounds workers.

April 29, 2015

K-12 Presidents’ Council to gov’t: Consult with us first!

VANCOUVER —The BC Liberal government needs to start consulting with the unionized workers who provide important services for the K-12 sector before setting the policy that directly affects it, says CUPE’s K-12 Presidents’ Council.

April 20, 2015

Collaborative effort needed to counter effects of Bill 11: Hancock

CUPE BC President Mark Hancock addresses delegates at the BCSTA annual general meeting.

VANCOUVER – School trustees and K-12 workers share a common interest in having the best public education system possible for B.C.’s children, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock told the annual general meeting of the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA).

April 8, 2015

Survey on training for K-12 support staff now online

The Support Staff Education and Adjustment Committee (SSEAC) is sponsoring an online survey of K-12 support staff training needs and interests.

Please participate in the survey to let us know what kinds of training and upgrading options would be useful to you.

CUPE K-12 members can fill in the survey by going to this link:


December 17, 2014

K-12 Clerical Report details impact of relentless budgetary pressure

BURNABY - A new report looking at office and clerical work in B.C.’s public school system offers key insight into how this important segment of CUPE’s membership has fared in the wake of a full decade of government-induced budget austerity and service cuts.