Educational Assistants Unit Meeting
Brooke Elementary School in Delta 3:30pm
Tuesday September 17, 2019
Attendees: Teri Tait, Mary Ferguson, Moira Goodman, Julie Brow, Nancy Lovering, Gina Moniz, Laurie Butterworth, Barb Capaduca, Tanya Bayley, Debby Kabesh, Johanna Richards, Iris Siekman, Angela Saccone, Karen Garins, Brenda Duffus, Kim Barnes, Mirjam Vandop, Petra Hoy, Karen Provenzano and Cyndi Smith, Debbie Walden, Eileen Penny and Daun Frederickson
Meeting was called to order by Daun Frederickson at 3:35pm. Daun started with the Indigenous Land Acknowledgement then welcomed all members that form part of our unit (EA’s, Strong Start Staff, CYCW and Multicultural Workers), provided opening remarks, the unions role copies from the Cupe1091 website and members took turns reading CUPE’s Equality Statement aloud.
A Unit Chair needs to be voted on. Debbie Kabesh motioned that Daun Frederickson remain our Unit Chair. No other members came forward to run as Unit Chair. Daun accepted and the motion was seconded by Angela Saccone.
Daun Frederickson motioned that Laurie Butterworth take on the role of Recording Secretary. Laurie accepted and the motion was seconded by Eileen Penny.
Daun advised that our unit should have five Shop Stewards and asked if there were any unit members interested in this position. Kim Barnes, Daun Frederickson, Petra Hoy, Tanya Bailey and Barb Capaduca all came forward. These five accepted and were seconded by all attendees. There is training provided to new Shop Stewards and it runs over a two day period. Shop Stewards take direction from the Chief Shop Steward, Johnathan McCune.
JE Committee Positions need to be filled. This position involves reviewing the job descriptions of all CUPE 1091 employee positions. Human Resources, CUPE Rep. all meet together and evaluate jobs. You do not evaluate your own position, you do so on the others within our local. You are a point of contact for the rest of the committee to discuss and provide insight to the role of an Education Assistant. Robin Reme is currently on the committee and Debby Kabesh put her name forth. Daun will check and see if Robin is still interested in the position and if so both positions will be filled. Daun motioned Debbie Kabesh be accepted as one of the JE Committee members and it was seconded by Eileen Penny.
There should be an EA Unit Representative at each school. The EA could be the Cupe Site Representative and EA Rep or the school could have a different site rep. The person holding this position is the contact person for other EA’s in the building, provides support to those EA’s, assists but is NOT a Shop Steward. There is a training/dinner meeting for all those EA’s and/or CUPE Reps that have listed themselves as representatives. A sheet was passed around with a list of schools and the corresponding EA’s name listed. A few schools are still in need of representatives. These names will be posted shortly.
Employee Management Contract Committee (EMCC) is also looking for someone to sit on this committee. Daun Frederickson is stepping down from this position. Patti Price (CUPE President) and a member from each CUPE Unit, Human Resources and a Manager from every department meet together and share what is happening in the workplace, express concerns, discuss new business. Kim Barnes expressed interest. Daun Frederickson motioned, Kim accepted and Eileen Penny seconded.
Results of Ratification Meeting held on August 10th:
Daun expressed how happy she was that our Ratification Meeting went extremely well. Our contract passed and was accepted by the employer. Pay increase of 2% effective as of July 1, 2019. Payments will be retro active and should show up on our September 20, 2019 pay check and any retro payments will be made prior to November 1, 2019. Another major point was our membership having our wages covered should the teachers strike. This new contract should be coming out soon for reviewing.
The Peer Support positions are held by Eileen Penny and Mary Ferguson. Eileen is responsible for schools in the South end as well as Chalmers, Jarvis and Seaquam. Mary does all other schools located in the North end. Eileen and Mary met with Claire Clancy regarding Professional Development ideas and planning back in May of 2019. Both felt that there wasn’t any real movement going to be made on the employer’s side regarding their ideas. They are trying to advocate for us but feel as though it isn’t a priority for them right now and that they may have other plans but didn’t share those plans. However, Eileen did mention that in 2020 their will be $15,000 allocated for EA Pro-D Day funding. With regards to the upcoming Professional Day on September 20th, Eileen has sent out an email regarding some webinars EA’s can take online. Sarah Ward webinar on brain mapping is fascinating, Eileen has taken that one. It is good to check around and see what other districts are doing as some of their seminars are “open” to other districts and para professionals. Daun wanted to make note that Chalmers is doing their own First Aid course on November 25th. If anyone is interested, they can look into that by calling Chalmers directly.
The last social was our Retirement social held in June of 2019. It went well and was a nice send off for our retiring unit members. A vote was taken and the results were as follows:
97% were in favour of having a Spring BBQ
88% were in favour of having a Fundraiser Walk/Run to support Delta Families in need
77% were in favour of having a Casino Night
It was also discussed and suggested that members contribute to a “Social Committee Fund”, which Human Resources will automatically deduct $2 from each pay cheque. This fund would be on a volunteer basis and a form will be completed to start the process. Watch for more info coming out soon. The union will provide $150 towards this fund as well. They will be looking to Dale Hunter for the setting up of this voluntary $2 donation account.
The Maintenance staff get a paid half day off, doing two BBQ’s a year, during work hours. Why aren’t us EA’s doing the same thing? It is approved by management, management attends and therefore why aren’t we doing it?. This will be brought up again and mentioned to our social committee members (Sheri Ann, Brenda, Daun, Heather and Debbie). Christmas Social is the next social on the docket watch for details coming soon.
If you know of someone or you yourself are wanting Posting Notifications. You now need to opt. into receiving them. You can do so by following the instruction provided in an email sent to your personal email address on First Class. You will need to go onto Employee Connect and select the option provided.
Daun reminded all members that there is a General Meeting for CUPE 1091, this Saturday September 21st at North Delta Secondary School at 9:30 am.
Next Meeting will be held at the Christmas Social date and time to be announced.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30pm by Daun Frederickson