February 5, 2009

Investment in public education key to economic stimulus – poll

VICTORIA—An overwhelming majority (86 percent) of British Columbians believe investment in public education should be a key part of any economic stimulus plan in the upcoming provincial budget, and two-thirds would support the province running a deficit in order to maintain the current system, according to a poll released today by the BC Coalition for Public Education.

“This is a

February 4, 2009

SFU united against cuts

BURNABY – More than 1,000 students, staff, and teachers joined in a boisterous rally at Simon Fraser University today to demand adequate funding for public education in order to “Save SFU”.

At the front of the protest were people holding signs numbered from 1-80 to illustrate the number of staff (50) and faculty (30) slated to lose their jobs because of B.C. government funding cuts.

The crowd called on the B.C.

November 27, 2008

New report finds problems for staff supporting students with special needs

BURNABY—On November 27, CUPE released Recognition & Respect, an in-depth report on systemic unrecognized and often unpaid work performed by education assistants (EAs) in B.C.

In the spring, CUPE launched a comprehensive survey of EAs. Between April and June of 2008, 40 per cent of the province’s education assistants participated in the online survey.

With more than 12,500 working in B.C.’s public schools, EAs represent the largest group of support workers in the public school system.

June 27, 2008

EAs’ response makes survey a success

Over 40 per cent of EAs participate

CUPE’s education assistants’ survey of unpaid work got responses from over 40 per cent of EAs in the province. The high level of participation will ensure that a wide diversity of voices and perspectives are reflected in survey findings and analysis. EAs can participate in the online survey until June 30. Hard copies of the survey must be received in the CUPE office by July 18 (more information below.)

The survey was developed at the end of K-12 contract negotiations in 2006.

May 30, 2008

Survey gives Education Assistants in public schools a voice

BURNABY - With one month to go before the end of the school year, Education Assistants (EAs) across B.C. are telling their stories in a province-wide survey.

The survey, sponsored by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, seeks information about the work done by the estimated 13,000 EAs in B.C.’s public schools. Overall survey results will be available in time for the beginning of the 2008-09 school year. A series of more detailed and specific reports based on survey data is planned for later in the year.

“These workers support students requiring special assistance.

May 28, 2008

Take ten minutes to fill out the Education Assistants’ survey

CUPE researcher John Malcolmson administers the Education Assistants survey.BURNABY—Education Assistants (EAs) in B.C.’s K-12 sector have until June 30 to have their say in a province-wide survey into unpaid work and other issues.

CUPE K-12 coordinator Bill Pegler says that the survey is an historic effort to gather concrete information about a major part of B.C.’s K-12 workforce. CUPE represents over 13,000 members working as education assistants in B.C. public schools.

April 17, 2008

CUPE launches Education Assistants survey

BURNABY—CUPE has launched a long-awaited survey into the unpaid work performed by Education Assistants (EAs) in B.C.’s K-12 sector.

CUPE has over 13,000 members working as education assistants in B.C. public schools making this job classification the largest in the sector. K-12 workers who provide educational services to students, under the general supervision of teachers or administrators and who are paid by the hour, are encouraged to visit www.bceducationassistants.ca and click on the survey link.

April 15, 2008

BC education assistants looking for fairness and respect

There are currently about 8,000 full-time equivalent education assistants (EAs) working in B.C.’s public school system, most of whom work part-time hours. While their formal job titles vary from one school district to the next, EAs share the common experience of working to provide direct educational services and supports to school children who need them.

EAs have increasingly raised the issue of unpaid work time.

March 14, 2008

Surrey education assistants spotlight additional hours needed in schools

SURREY–Education Assistants (EAs) in Surrey held a Respect Day on March 12 to draw attention to the unpaid work done in schools throughout the district.

As part of a campaign to improve services in the area of special education, EAs were encouraged to work only their scheduled hours on March 12 to highlight the fact that the current allotment of hours does not allow time for any of the extra activities their work requires.

Dee Beattie, second vice-president of CUPE 728 is a key organizer of the Respect Day campaign.

January 15, 2008

CUPE members participate in Langley special education inquiry

LANGLEY— “Great sacrifices are often made by these employees in order for them to do what they love doing, and that is working with our special children.”

That was a key message from CUPE 1260 president Donna Mason, who made a presentation to a Special Education Inquiry in the Langley School District last October.

The inquiry into learning conditions of children with special needs is co-sponsored by the Langley teachers’ union and CUPE 1260, which represents 600 school district staff.