Vancouver School Board Employees Update- Wednesday March 25

6:00 pm

Members have received an email from the Vancouver School Board in their workplace accounts regarding next week. Please read this email fully.

Highlights include that “most school-based staff are not being asked to report to school sites next week (March 30 to April 3).

Employees will receive an email update with specific information from your principal or vice-principal on FRIDAY MARCH 27.

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General and Executive Board meetings and Local Union Retirement Event CANCELLED.

Due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus Local 963 will be cancelling the April 4, 2020 General and Executive Board meetings.

In addition, the Local Union will be postponing the annual Retirement Event scheduled for June 2020. When the event returns, those members retiring this school year ( as well as those who were unable to attend last year’s event) will be invited to attend.

It is important that we all practice social distancing to do our part to stop the spread of this virus.

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Message to IUOE Local 963 Members

Monday March 23, 2020 (12:00 pm)

For updates from the Vancouver School Board regarding plans for next week, please go to:

Members should also be checking their VSB email accounts for messages from the employer.

At this time, all Permanent, Steady part-time and Casual staff (who were already assigned to work on March 30th) are expected to report for work on Monday March 30, 2020 at their usual worksites.

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Office closure due to coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in BC, IUOE Local 963 is committed to keeping all members and staff as safe as possible. In this regard the decision has been made to close our union office to members and the public until further notice.

We will continue to provide assistance via telephone (604) 876-6287, fax (604) 876-5687 and email at

Deferred Savings Requests: Members can provide these applications by mail, fax or email scan or by dropping through the office mail slot.

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A Message from VSB Chair Janet Fraser

Dear Tim, Tim and Harj,

With all the recent snow and ice I would like to, on behalf of the Board, thank all the IUOE members who have worked so hard to clear school sites so that students and staff can get safely to and from their schools. At every school snow has to be shoveled and the cleared paths salted and trustees appreciate that this work has been a focus for a whole week as well as more days this week. Our thanks are also extended for maintaining the operation of our school buildings during this extreme weather.

My thanks to the three of you for your leadership and please feel free to share this message with your members.

With regards,


Janet Fraser

Chair, Vancouver School Board

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