Apr 14, 2021

K-12 Bulletin – 63 Clerical and administrative members share their stories

Clerical and administrative K-12 members participated in the second of a series of Zoom meetings last night to share their experiences and issues.

Clerical members face increased stress as frontline workers who have all their regular duties to perform, plus additional pandemic-related work such as creating fillable forms. Often the work they do every day with students is not recognized.

Workload is a huge issue with this group. Other issues impacting their work include the absence of backfill when they are away and cuts to clerical support.

Members identified and discussed their bargaining priorities.

The group also brought up the ongoing issue of workplace violence. Members are advised to always file an incident report as well as to report acts of violence to their Health and Safety Committee representative.

Almost 100 participants, including members, presidents, K-12 Presidents Council executive and staff, joined the discussion about working during the pandemic and ongoing challenges.

These Zoom calls — hosted by the CUPE K-12 Presidents Council and CUPE National staff — will continue throughout April and May.

K-12 members are encouraged to take part in this exciting opportunity to hear from others who do the same or similar work, and to share information and priorities.

Custodians, caretakers, and building services workers are invited to participate in calls at either noon—2 pm or 5:30–7:30 pm tomorrow, April 15.

How to register      

Each call has a unique Zoom link which will take you to a separate registration form. You must register for each call you wish to attend. You will receive an email with your call information after you register. If you have any problem, please email: [email protected]

April 15    Noon – 2 pm       Custodians, Caretakers, Building Service Workers, and similar classifications
5:30 – 7:30 pm  (Choose one of two options.)

April 20    5:30 – 7:30 pm   Education Assistants, SSWs, CEAs, and similar classifications
working in the Okanagan and Kootenays

April 22    5:30 – 7:30 pm   Education Assistants, SSWs, CEAs, and similar classifications
working in Northern B.C.  

April 27    5:30 – 7:30 pm  Education Assistants, SSWs, CEAs, and similar classifications
working on Vancouver Island and in island communities

April 29    5:30 – 7:30 pm   Education Assistants, SSWs, CEAs, and similar classifications
working in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

May 4     5:30 – 7:30 pm     Indigenous Support Workers, Youth and Family Workers, Library Support Staff and other direct student support classifications

May 6       5:30 – 7:30 pm   Tech Support, Technicians, and similar classifications

May 11     5:30 – 7:30 pm   Labourers, Grounds and Maintenance

May 13     5:30 – 7:30 pm   Meal Program Staff & Supervisors, including noon hour, Crossing Guards & others

May 17     5:30 – 7:30 pm   Strong Start, ECEs, and similar classifications

May 18     5:30 – 7:30 pm  Trades

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