December 8, 2022 CUPE/BTA Mingler

22.Dec.8 BTA.CUPE Mingler Poster for CUPE

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4:00 – 8:00 PM

Royal Palace Banquet Hall

** 7845 Edmonds Street

Burnaby, BC



Grab a cup of cheer,

and meet with friends new and old!


       FREE DRINKS! (2 per person)

       LIVE MUSIC!

       50/50 DRAW!






November 2022 General Meeting has been changed to Saturday, November 12, 2022

Provincial Framework Agreement

Signed Provincial Framework Agreement Sept 15 22

Presidents Council endorses Provincial Framework Agreement


The K-12 Presidents are endorsing the new Provincial

Framework Agreement reached last week. The British

Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) also endorses the agreement. Both recommend the agreement be part of local collective agreements.

The Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) has a 3year term in effect from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025. It includes general wage increases in each year.

  • July 1, 2022: $0.25 per hour wage increase plus an additional 3.24%
  • July 1, 2023: 5.5% increase, and up to 1.25% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). For clarity, the general wage increase will be at minimum 5.5%, to a maximum of 6.75%
  • July 1, 2024: 2% increase, and up to a 1% COLA. For clarity, the general wage increase will be at minimum 2%, to a maximum of 3%

COLA is according to the BC consumer price index annual average.

The PFA also includes provincial government funding for local bargaining to address local issues. It’s based on full-time enrolled students in districts, with a minimum amount.

  • 2022/2023: $11.5 million allocated to school districts, with a $40,000 minimum
  • 2023/2024: $13.8 million allocated, with a $50,000 minimum
  • 2024/2025: $17.8 million allocated, with a $60,000 minimum

In local bargaining, K-12 locals and school districts will negotiate how to use these funds. The only thing they can’t go towards are general wage increase.

Other highlights of the framework agreement include:


$50,000 per year in 2022 and 2023 for support staff education, with an another $1 million per year beginning in 2024. The joint Support Staff Education Committee (SSEC) will decide on allocating this money.

Workplace violence prevention

A new Provincial Joint Health and Safety Taskforce. Its mandate includes supporting measures to address workplace violence prevention.


$3 million in annual funding for potential benefit enhancements. Also, $1 million in one-time funding for addictions treatment support programs.

In addition to the PFA, the Ministry of Education will be increasing the Learning Improvement Fund to $25 million for the 2023/2024 and 2024/2025 school years. This will allow for more Education Assistant hours across the province.

The K-12 Presidents Council recommends the framework agreement for local bargaining proposals. PFA provisions come into effect when part of a ratified local collective agreement, with general wage increases retroactive to July 1, 2022. It is local collective agreements that members of K-12 locals approve and ratify.

Local bargaining needs to completed and ratified by January 25, 2023.

The complete Provincial Framework Agreement is available on at Please direct questions on the PFA and local bargaining to your local executive.


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Instructions on how to log into the Zoom meetings

Joining CUPE 379 General Meetings

-You must first log onto and create a free account using your email

-Then day of meeting, make sure the device you are using is logged onto zoom with the account you created (remember the password you chose) this can be done through their app or website

-Then simply click on the zoom link you received on your account

-You can also enter the meeting ID and password provided in the meeting invite email

Long term disability and JEIS information

JEIS & LTD Information

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Joint Early Intervention Service

JEIS Procedural Manual

The PEBT sponsors a confidential Joint Early Intervention Service (JEIS), which is to complement the long term disability benefit plan by providing a proactive and timely service to Members that facilitates their return to work in a caring, safe, and timely manner.  It is an integrated part of the Core Long Term Disability (LTD) benefit. As part of the PEBT LTD program, all Members are required to participate in the JEIS program.

The PEBT funds the JEIS independent of other commitments. All local unions and school districts fully support this program.

What is the JEIS program?

The JEIS program works with Members who are ill or injured at the very beginning (by the 6th day) of their absences from work.

When Members first become ill or injured, a Health Care Management Specialist (HCMS) from Desjardins Insurance contacts them. If necessary, the HCMS follows them through their treatment and recovery and helps them return to work during the 120-day qualifying period for Core LTD benefits.

During this period, the HCMS makes sure Members receive the very best possible care and, if appropriate, a coordinated rehabilitation plan.

If Members are unable to return to work after the LTD qualifying period, the HCMS helps them transfer to the LTD program.

The JEIS program’s primary goals include:

  • Providing early identification of Members’ needs and active/caring treatment of Member health issues.
  • Facilitating the return to work (RTW) of Members.
  • Promoting open discussion and support for the JEIS by the Local Unions and School Districts at all levels.
  • Ensuring the long term viability of the Core LTD program.
  • Easing the transition to LTD, if required.

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