Responding to an inquiry by the union, the Vancouver Board of Education Payroll Department reports that there was an “administrative error” in processing clothing/footwear allowances for Custodians. All other groups should have received their allowances in accordance with the collective agreement. Custodians clothing/footwear allowance will be paid out on October 6, 2017.
As you are aware forest fires have impacted our province and communities where IUOE members work and live. In Williams Lake and the surrounding area it is estimated that there are more than 600 members from Locals 115,882 & 959 who have been temporarily displaced. The long term impact is unknown at this time. Several Local 882 members have stayed in town to ensure the fire hall remained open and that pumping stations, generators and heavy equipment are available for use when needed. They are committed to keeping critical city services running as long as possible.
Local 963’s Officers have approved a donation to assist fellow IUOE members similar to the donation made to assist in last years wildfires at Fort McMurray Alberta, at $10 per member.
Vancouver Board of Education Payroll has stated they are still processing vacation pay. This means that it is not likely that employees will receive their vacation payouts in their bank accounts on June 30th. Due to the statutory holiday it may deposited next Tuesday or Wednesday.
I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the hard work of our grounds and operations staff over the past while. It’s very clear that the weather this winter has added huge amounts to your workloads. I very much appreciate the flexibility and efforts that have gone into ensuring our schools and grounds are as safe as possible for our students, families, staff and the general public. People are sometimes quick to criticize but it’s very clear to me that you are all doing excellent work in your roles and I want to thank you for that.