VSB Annual Retirement Seminar to be held April 18, 2019

The VSB’s annual retirement seminar has been scheduled for Thursday April 18, 2019 at the Education Centre. Invitations will be sent out to all those who express interest in attending by February 28, 2019. Employees who are eligible to retire within the next five years and wish to attend must send an email to employeeservices@vsb.bc.ca before this date with “Retirement Seminar” in the subject line. When applying, please include your employee ID and which union/association you belong to.

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K-12 Presidents’ Council Approves Provincial Framework Agreement

K-12 Presidents Council approves provincial framework agreement

September 28, 2018

RICHMOND — The K-12 Presidents Council voted this week to recommend the provincial framework agreement negotiated with the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) in mid-July. Support staff locals will table the provincial framework agreement with their proposals in bargaining with their respective school districts.

“I’d like to thank the provincial bargaining committee for their hard work and dedication that helped us reach this agreement,” said K-12 Presidents Council President Warren Williams. “Support workers in K-12 provide services that students in B.C. schools rely on every day.”

The agreement includes benefit increases and language that helps address workplace issues and includes support for local bargaining.

The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by Support staff locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

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Provincial Bargaining Update-Second Tentative Deal Reached with BCPSEA

A tentative agreement was reached between the K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee (“PBC”) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association late Wednesday evening on a provincial framework agreement for K-12 support staff.

“I would like to thank all the members of the PBC for their hard work and perseverance,” said K-12 Presidents’ Council President Warren Williams. “Their professionalism, willingness to work together, and dedication to members in K-12 lead to reaching this tentative agreement.”

Details on the tentative agreement will not be made public until the K-12 Presidents’ Council has the opportunity to meet and review them. If recommended and passed by the K-12 Presidents’ Council, the tentative agreement will form part of local bargaining proposals when locals begin bargaining with their respective districts.

Local 963 Business Manager, Tim De Vivo, is a member of the Provincial Bargaining Committee.

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Certification renewal for power engineers, operators and safety awareness certificate holders- Deadline for Renewal December 2, 2018

Due to recent changes to the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation to align BC with other Canadian jurisdictions, power engineer, operator and safety awareness certificates of qualification must now be renewed.

Benefits of Renewing

· certification will remain valid

· inclusion in a database of active qualified individuals in good standing

· reduction of identity falsification in the industry

· ability to receive important safety information (e.g., new directives, changes to regulations)

· proof of your qualification for current and prospective employers


There is no fee for renewal applications received before December 2, 2018. If not renewed, certificates become invalid after December 2, 2018 and may require a reinstatement fee for activation.


Renewal applications must be submitted by December 2, 2018. If certificate holders do not renew before December 2, 2018, the certificate will expire and not be valid. Please apply for renewal early to avoid service delays that may be caused by high volumes. All certificates renewed before the deadline will be valid until the first day of the certificate holder’s birth month in 2021.

Once expired, the certificate holder is not legally permitted to work and will then need to apply for reinstatement, which may include a reinstatement fee.

How to Renew

To renew, certificate holders must submit a renewal application online through their account with Technical Safety BC.

For an online account with Technical Safety BC:

Go to www.technicalsafetybc.ca and click on login and ‘Not Registered?’ to complete and submit the account registration form.

How to renew once you have an account:

To facilitate the online application, certificate holders are asked to have the following information ready in advance:

· Certificate number (located on your current wallet card)

· Current mailing address (must be the certificate holder’s home address where the new wallet card will be mailed)

· Valid email address (confirmation will be sent via email)

Step 1: Login to your online account with Technical Safety BC

Step 2: Click on ‘Certification’ in the left side column

Step 3: Click on ‘Renew’ to the right of the certification you’d like to renew

Step 4: Complete and submit the Renewal Application Form for processing

Wallet Card and Wall Certificate

Once approved, certificate holders will receive a new, security-enhanced wallet card. A printed wall certificate will be mailed at a later date.


Refer to this Frequently Asked Questions page regarding certification renewal. You can also email Technical Safety BC at contact@technicalsafetybc.ca or call 1 866 566 7233.

Note: BC Safety Authority is now Technical Safety BC. While we have changed our name, we remain committed to our vision of Safe technical systems. Everywhere. Learn more about our evolving services and how we share safety knowledge at www.technicalsafetybc.ca.

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Per Capita Tax Increase

The Local Union has received notice from the International that “the General Executive Board determined at its May 3, 2018 meeting that [an increase of] $0.50 [per member per month] would be necessary at this time to protect and preserve the interests and welfare of the International Union. This determination was based on the recommendation of the International Board of Trustees in conjunction with the financial projections presented at the meeting. Therefore, effective July 1, 2018, the Per Capita Tax rate will increase from $12.75 to $13.25 per member per month.”

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