Update Newsletter – February 2021

Roll Call
Present –Paul Simpson, Tommy Fagan, Patti Tonks, Simi Hundle, Sharlene Desbiens, Dorothy Lenaghan, Nicole Braun, Janine Hajek, Susan Hajek, Drew Parris, Mike Vanderlans, Richard Tonn

Excused – Alex Quenano

Acknowledging Traditional Territory

Equality Statement

19 New Members names were called out and a motion to accept membership.


Minutes of January 16, 2021

Accepted as reported



Treasurer’s Report for January 2021

Income for the month – $83,631.58

Expenses for the month $62,127.03

Surplus $21,504.55

Accepted as reported


Pay the Bills for January 2021

Accepted as reported.


Donation request from Burnaby Mountain Dry Grad

Thank you from Tamara Southall

Thank you from John Delima

Thank you from Michael Herbrik

Presidents Report

Two main issues.  The first is Health and Safety and the second being paid re COVID.

We have been talking a lot about H&S and most issues have been dealt with on a provincial level.  The last document which has been all over the news in regards to mask wearing in schools.  It also clarifies some of the positions of the schools.  Burnaby is in the habit of exceeding the expectations.  The real visible change is the mandatory mask wearing.  What it means Grade 6 -12 has mandatory masks.  Staff rooms, must be marked and no one congregating.  People are getting tired of all this but, but in the union office we hear all the bad situations of COVID.  It is real and not only are the fatalities tragic but the complications can be really bad and there can be long term affects even for healthy people.  These rules are here for all of you to keep you and your family safe.  We need to stay strong and keep following the protocols for all.  All sites as well as the union work looks different but we all must keep following the safety rules.  Be careful, stay safe.  If the new strains hit us it will be a lot of work to keep up with it even following what we have been doing.

If you have a concern, please bring it to the local Health & Safety committee.  They will address it and if needed they will bring it to the attention to the District Health & Safety Committee.  This is for al safety concerns, not just limited to COVID.

Pay for COVID.  There will now be 3 options in regards to a sick absence for COVID. Updated information in the District’s COVID Handbook.  If you have to self-isolate, please contact Human Resources and then if need be the Union will look into them one by one.


It has been very busy and a lot of members contacting the union.  We welcome these, and are always here to help and answer your questions.


There is a lot going on around COVID, cases in the schools. Please remember your mask, hand washing and keeping your distance.   There is a CERB benefit to look after an elderly family member or child. If you have any concerns, call the office.  When you don’t feel comfortable, tell people to stand back to make yourself feel safe or remove yourself.  The second batch of masks have arrived and are being sent out.

CUPE Metro 

Spring school is cancelled.


Job related Education– Susan Hajek/Jamie Harsch

5 applications received and approved.

0 were sent in for payment.

5 to be paid out at the end of the year if money is left over.

Please make sure you send in your receipts as soon as your course is completed.

$14208.08 available currently.

$500/year available to members.  New rules you can take a course that isn’t directly related to your job but to another position in the district.  Send in your application to the union office.

Job Evaluation – Simi Hundle, Sharlene Desbiens

Positions are reviewed every 5 years.  If you have concerns with your position email the office.

We have one current job being reviewed.


A standing order to send $500 to Burnaby Mountain Dry Grad.

Anti-Racism Committee– Simi Hundle

The Committee is working on a handbook

The SOGI Committee (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) is looking for a CUPE member to sit on the Committee.  Please contact the CUPE Union office if you are interested.

Unfinished business

Nothing to report

New Business

Elections for the Next CUPE BC convention May 19-21, 2021.

President plus 7 elected members.

9 am – 4 pm Zoom convention from your living room for 4 days.

It will be a full day.  Your wages are covered but you are required to be on the zoom meeting for the whole day right up to 4:00 pm even if your work day is earlier than that.

Nominations – 6 Nominated

Simi Hundle-Accept    Mike Vanderlans-Accept            Nicole Braun–Accept

Drew Parris-Accept     Sharlene Desbiens-Accept

Gord Gunter-Accept

Cleaning is custodial work but with these really unusual times, any help is always appreciated as they can’t be everywhere.  If you see something please try and help out.  You are not supposed to use Lysol or Clorox wipes as there is a dangerous chemical reaction with the solution used by the cleaners.  Dish soap is safe and doesn’t need gloves.  Deep clean with disinfectants is done by custodial.

Concerns in regards to the Clorox spray machine were brought forward.  It is done late at night and only done now when there is a known COVID case.  It should not have any adverse effects.  There is no buildup on the surfaces.  Anyone with a sensitivity, we can look at an option.

2020 – 2021 BUDGET 

Simi presented the Budget for next year.



Good of the Union

Snowball is at $1500.00 and Amy Myo would have won if they had joined the Zoom meeting.

In Attendance – 115 members.  Thank you to everyone who showed up for the Zoom meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 10:36 am