10th Annual Celebration of Women in Politics

There are still a few tickets left to the ‘Kick Up Your Heels’ fundraiser.  Please contact the Union office if you are interested.

This fundraiser is hosted by MLA’s Sue Hammel (Surrey Green Timbers), Mable Elmore (Vancouver  Kensington) and Jane Shin (Burnaby Lougheed).

It will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Crown Palace Banquet Hall, #201-12025 Nordel Way, Surrey.  Corner of Scott Rd and Nordel Way, a transit friendly venue.

Door open and appetizers served at 10:30 am, Performances begin at 11:30 am and lunch served at 1:00 pm.

This event will feature a bedazzling array of auction items, a delicious buffet lunch, award-winning performances and a memorable time with friends.





Municipal Pension Plan Seminar for CUPE 379 Members

Burnaby School District has organized a Municipal Pension Plan seminar for CUPE 379 staff.

“Thinking About Retirement” (for employees closer to retirement)

DATE:  April 27, 2015

TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

PLACE: Byrne Creek Secondary School, Room: Centre for Dialogue – BCK Main 1202, 7777 – 18th Street, Burnaby, BC

Please contact Patti Postulo to confirm attendance for this seminar before April 17, 2015.



Municipal Pension Plan Seminars

To Municipal Pension Plan employers:

The spring schedule for the Municipal Pension Plan free member seminars is live! We are excited to get the seminar season going. Please help us promote these valuable seminars by letting your members know that registration is now open online.

The two seminars

  • Your Pension, Your Future (1½ hours), for new and mid-career plan members.
  • Thinking About Retiring (2 hours), for members within five years of retirement.

All plan members, including those receiving long-term disability benefits, are welcome.

To view the schedule or register

  • Go to mpp.pensionsbc.ca

Please note

  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Members are responsible for their own travel and associated costs.
  • We can come to your workplace to host Your Pension Your Future or Thinking About Retiring seminars. To request a seminar, simply fill out and return the Pension Information Seminar Request form (available in the employer secure site) to us.


Thank you,

Client Education Program | Pension Corporation

Your pension experience, we make it easy!

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Tentative Agreement as of June 9, 2014

Update on provincial bargaining.

The tentative agreement is for a five-year term from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019 and includes provincially funded wage increases consistent with the provincial government’s current mandate.  Highlights of the agreement include increased hours for education assistants; improvements to extended health benefit plans through standardization; an Employee Support Grant in recognition of lost wages for CUPE members who do not cross legal picket lines; and a commitment to implement a job evaluation plan to address recruitment and retention issues.

The employee support grant is to pay our members for any salary lost during the BCTF strike action (including May and June) or subsequent lockout. Meaning those members who do not use sick, vacation, gratuity or banked over time will have their pay reimbursed upon ratification of the agreement.

CUPE 379 is still expected to support the teachers in their struggle to reach a fair collective agreement.  We encourage all members to continue with the strong showing of SOLIDARITY.



Access to Community & Continuing Education

CUPE Local 379 Access to Community and Continuing Education Courses


The guidelines for access by CUPE Local 379 members to Burnaby Community and Continuing Education (“BCCE”) courses are as follows:


  1. Eligible Employees: Regular full-time Burnaby CUPE Local 379 members only. A limit of two CUPE employees per class.


  1. Registration: CUPE employees will call BCCE to register. Their names will be put on a wait list. These employees will be notified one day before the start of classes if there is space for them in the courses they have selected.


  1. Course material and fees: CUPE employees must pay for any course material fees or extra instructor fees as a result of their participation. An annual fee schedule will be published.


  1. Course list: A list of courses will be made available to CUPE employees from which they can make their selection.


The guidelines for access to BCCE courses may be subject to change on an annual basis.