Canadian Conference Educational Bursaries Announced- Deadline August 1st

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


The Canadian Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers is calling for applications for ten (10) bursaries of seven hundred fifty ($750.00) dollars.  These educational bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance to IUOE member’s dependents.

The bursary recipient must be entering the first year or subsequent of a full-time course of study (at least two years in length) leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized public Canadian college or university.

Applicants from the following five regions will be considered for the respective bursary:

  1.  Atlantic Canada (P.E.I., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland)
  2. Quebec and Ontario (Gary O’Neil Bursary)
  3. Saskatchewan and Manitoba (Brian Woznesensky Memorial Bursary)
  4. British Columbia
  5. Alberta

The deadline for receipt of applications is August 1, 2021.


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Anti Racism In-Service Training

A letter has been issued to VSB staff regarding upcoming anti-racism training.  Permanent staff will be completing this in-service training on September 7, 2021, which is an additional non-instructional day that was added by the Vancouver Board of Trustees for next year. 

For Temporary (Casual) Employees this training can be done when they choose (provided it is before June 30/21) and those who complete the training will receive 5 hours pay.  Here is the letter:

Hello On-Call Staff,

First, thank you for your extraordinary support during these exraordinary times.  Your work and support of our school district is greatly appreciated.  Some of you may be aware that the Vancouver Board of Education passed a motion on Nov. 30, 2020 to organize Anti-Racism training for all VSB staff:

That the Vancouver Board of Education engages independent experts with an understanding of students in the K-12 system to design and deliver anti-racsim training for all educators with a focus on anti-Black, anti-Idigenous, and anti-Asian racism.  And that this training be at least one full day of training, including reference [to] child rights, VSB policies and procedures on discrimination, hate, racism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), and incident reporting and response.  And that this training be mandatory for all employee groups and trustees to be completed by September 30, 2021 with a follow-up in the same year to obtain feedback amd make needed changes.

Staff that work at school sites will be completing this in-service training on Tuesday September 7, 2021 which is an additional non-instructional day that was added by the Vancouver Board of Trustees for next year.

At this time, the District would like all On-Call staff to complete the in-service before June 30, 2021, if possible.  This will be a paid day.

There are 3 videos online totaling 4 hours and 30 minutes that you can watch at home.  Many of you may choose to wathc the videos at home during Spring Break (March 15-19) or the ETO week (March 22-26) as there won’t be any On-Call work.  Alternatively, there is a district-wide Professional Development day on April 26, 2021 or the final day of school, June 30, 2021.  Here is the link:

If you do not have access to a computer, you ca watch the modules at the Education Centre on one of the folloieng dates: March 18, 19, 22, 23, 23, 25, or April 26, 2021. Additional dates will be released if needed.  You will need to register for one of these dates on the PD site to ensure we maintain the reduced capacities of each room.

If you are watching the videos at home, there will be a completion code at the end of each module which links to a short survey which will advise Employee Services that you have completed the module.  If your regular work day is less than 5 hours, you will be paid for 5 hours.  Otherwise, you will be paid for the full day.

If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Melville at

Again, thank you for your work and continued support.


Carmen Batista, Associate Superintendent-Employee Services


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FoodSafe Course(s)

Cafeteria members are invited to attend no-charge FoodSafe courses put on by the Local Union later this Spring.  If your FoodSafe certificate needs renewal this is your chance.  If you are interested please contact Judith at 604-876-6287 (Monday to Wednesday) before April 2, 2021.  Once we have firm numbers, courses will be arranged.  They will be held at the union office on a Saturday.  COVID protocols will be in place.  Space is limited.

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Supervision Aides Letter of Understanding re: Voluntary Extension of Hours

Permanent Supervision Aides are being offered, on a voluntary basis, a temporary extension of working hours, from 2.5 to 4.0 hours per day.   Please click on the Letter of Understanding (“LOU”) below:

SA LOU 4 hour day to June 30, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q.   Do I have to accept these additional hours?

A.   No. It is voluntary.

Q.  The date to reply is November 27, 2020.  What if I change my mind later?

A.   There is no contemplation in the LOU to change your decision after this date.

Q.  Has the duties of Supervision Aides changed as a result of this LOU?

A.  No.  There are no changes to the duties of Supervision Aides.  

(Excerpt from annual administrative memo)

The Primary function of the Supervision Aides is to supervise students.  This includes supervision on the playground, in the halls, in the lunch room, classrooms and field trips.  Supervision Aides should not be assigned duties inconsistent with this primary function or duties that would infringe upon the work of employees in CUPE 15.  This includes work such as office and clerical work, and the work of School and Student Support Workers.

Q.  What about a coffee break?

A.  While there is no specific language in the Supervision Aides collective agreement regarding a coffee break the parties (VSB and Union) have for decades agreed that these employees are entitled to a coffee break.  An excerpt from a 1999 union bulletin reads;

Coffee Breaks:  The Union and the Vancouver School Board have agreed that Supervision Aide coffee breaks, although not cited in the Collective Agreement, are a “workplace practice” and that all SA’s are entitled to a break…” 

Various union bulletins have reiterated this message, including Newsletter Vol. 13, #59 March 2016;

“Coffee Breaks:  Dating back to the 1990’s, the VBE and union have agreed that coffee breaks, although not cited in the collective agreement, is a workplace practice and Supervision Aides should be provided a short break, usually after recess.  Should you encounter difficulties at your worksite, please contact the union office or your shop steward immediately.”

And an excerpt from Newsletter Vol. 16, #75 September 2019;

The memo also asks school Principals/Vice-Principals to “please allow your Supervision Aides time to use the bathroom and get a cup off coffee/tea and then ensure they are working in the school between recess and lunch.”  In other words, take a coffee break.  Please contact your Job Steward or the union office if you require assistance.”

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