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2013

JUNE

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The Members’

The newsletter of CUPE Local 15, Vancouver Municipal Education and Community Workers

National Aboriginal Day emphasizes reconciliation VANCOUVER – CUPE was proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Oppenheimer Park on Friday June 21, as a major sponsor of the day’s many activities in the Downtown Eastside. Mona Woodward, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Front Door Society, was the emcee for the day. Celebrations got underway with a welcome and opening prayer from Kelvin Bee, an elder in residence with the Aboriginal Front Door Society. Chief Robert Joseph, Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, had strong words about healing. “Embrace reconciliation in your lives,” he urged. “By embracing the wholeness of who you are, you can stand against anything and everything. Be proud to be an aboriginal!” Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department Jim Chu and Mayor Gregor Robertson also said a few words, emphasizing that Vancouver has declared June 2013 to June 2014 the “Year of Reconciliation”. The key, Mayor Robertson said, is that “all cultures understand the past, and are able to heal from it.” CUPE BC Diversity vice-president Leanne Toderian spoke about the importance of aboriginal workers within CUPE BC, and gave special mention to the CUPE workers at Oppenheimer Park. A delicious lunch of buffalo stew fortified hundreds of people for the afternoon, and face painting, balloons and juggling delighted kids of all ages. The afternoon’s entertainment included Dalannah Bowen singing the blues, powerful pow-wow drumming, the spectacular Kwhili Gibaygum Nisga’a Traditional Dance Group, and aboriginal hip-hop artist, Manik. CUPE’s tent was well attended, with information and gifts of pens, first aid kits, apples and beautiful CUPE posters. Many other community groups came out: Beautynight, the DTES Kitchen Tables Project, Aboriginal Front Door, Vancouver Native Health, UBC Learning Exchange, and Watari were among the displays.

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SEPTEMBER General Membership Meeting Date & Time: Location: Under Discussion:

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Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, 5:30 pm, Room 5 Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver

• By-election for Secretary-Treasurer and HSSCBA Sector Representative • Notice of Motion to change date of October General Membership Meeting • VSB Bargaining Report General Meetings provide all members with an opportunity to participate in decisions that affect the union. (Childcare assistance and interpretation available upon request.)


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Update from your Executive

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Labour Day and what it means today by Leanne Toderian, President

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write this immediately following Labour Day celebrations at Trout Lake in Vancouver. I recently had a conversation with someone who said they did not need a union at their workplace because their employer paid union wages and benefits. I asked them why they thought the employer did that and he answered because the boss does not want a union in there telling them how to run their business. There Leanne Toderian is some irony there. President

If unions did not continually fight to improve the day to day lives of their members whether it is for fair wages; benefits, vacation pay, the ability to take care of your sick or elderly parents, take a day off work for your child’s sports day; take a course, not go to work sick or not get fired because you got pregnant; for a worksite protected from sexual harassment, racism and homophobia - those working conditions would not be honoured in

the “real” world if it were not for the labour movement. You only have to look at the States and the fight to the bottom and imagine winding the clock back to when Big Corps forced people to work 7 days a week - no health and safety, no job security, no fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. If they are successful in brainwashing the public and workers, they do not deserve any of the above while they line their pockets? What next? When you have next to nothing, the only thing left for big corps and right wing governments is slavery. I have heard the arguments that such a notion is preposterous - really? You get clawed back and clawed back, what is left? Once you have given up all the benefits and security fought for at a high cost to your parents and their parents, what do you have left to give but your freedom? Being a slave to one, two and three jobs to make ends meet so that some corporate executive can get their 180% raise or six figure performance bonuses is what you are working for. When you give up your right to work together collectively to assure you and others can go to work and earn a decent living, you are at risk. Make no mistake; history has proven that over and over again.

As the new school year has begun, many members of Local 15 will be involved in, or waiting on the sidelines to see what the British Columbia government is willing to do to address the years old wage freeze in the K-12 Sector. As we speak members of the K-12 Sector are in the office preparing for a strike. The committee has been meeting this week to plan for full scale job action if it becomes necessary. They have compiled personal emails and phone numbers and identified members willing to be picket captains or help with other activities to support picketing. Like all job action this local has faced, it is a waiting game to see what transpires over the bargaining table until that time – it is a hurry up and wait scenario. This is my first President’s message since taking office and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the candidates for putting their names forward for this and all positions for the executive board and I congratulate the successful candidates and those who were not this time around. I would also like to thank the office staff who helped coordinate the new electronic voting system the local invested in. I can say with confidence the system was well received and went off without a hitch.

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September is a busy month for the union By Barb Dickinson, Interim SecretaryTreasurer I would like to extend my appreciation to the Executive for appointing me as the Interim SecretaryTreasurer of Local 15. I am honoured to be serving our Barb Dickinson Interim Secretary-Treasurer membership in this capacity and have thoroughly enjoyed being in this position since my arrival in early July. I would also like to thank the staff here for all of their hard work and commitment in making things at Local 15 run smoothly. Whether it’s back to school or back to work from a much-needed summer vacation, September marks the return to the regularly scheduled

activities of fall. For our members in the K-12 Sector, it is a month of uncertainty, as they face the challenge of getting a fair and reasonable settlement with the employer. We are hopeful that they will be able to reach a settlement very soon. At Local 15, September has traditionally been Stewards’ Month. Stewards are an integral part of the union. They are the most visible face of the union to workers. They are on the front lines defending our workers’ rights as outlined in the collective agreement and working hard to be the eyes and ears of the union in the workplace. We always need committed members to volunteer as site contacts and stewards. CUPE BC has excellent training opportunities for activists. From in-town courses for the new steward to weeklong courses for more advanced activists, there is something for everyone. CUPE BC has a schedule of courses online at www.cupe.bc.ca/ resources/union-education. Have a look to see what’s available this fall.

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We had an excellent response to our Member Bursary Program this year. I would like to wish the very best to the recipients this year and wish them well in their studies. We also had an outstanding response to the PNE tickets that were offered at a discount price to our members. We hope that everyone that took advantage of the tickets had a wonderful time at the PNE and we look forward to offering similar events to you in the near future. One upcoming event is the CUPE 15 Children’s Christmas Party which will take place at the Stanley Park train. This event is always very popular with our members. Mark your calendars for November 30th and watch for more news on this in the next Members’ Voice.

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Letters, Notices, & Updates

Thank-you letters Thank you for your generous support of our campaign in Vancouver Point Grey. We put your generous donation to good use. I look forward to working with you over the next four years. All the best to you. David Eby MLA Vancouver Point Grey Thank you for your generous donation to Gordon Neighbourhood House. Your support contributes to the Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC’s ability to offer services, programs and resources that strengthen individuals and community life. Your belief in our organization helps us to provide daycare, seniors’ lunches, neighbourhood support, youth team leadership and so much more among our eight neighbourhood houses and camps. We are grateful for your contribution. Our 100,000 families thank you. Tarunjeet Bhatia Chief Financial Officer

Notice of By-election

Member at Large – Health Sector Representative (HSSCBA)

• There is a vacancy for a Member at Large – HSSCBA Sector Representative for the balance of a two year term ending May 27, 2015. Only members from the Community Health Sector are eligible to be nominated or to vote.

Secretary Treasurer:

• There is a vacancy for Secretary Treasurer for the balance of a two year term ending May 28, 2014. In order to be eligible for nomination a member must have attended at least 50% of all meetings open to the general membership in the twelve month period preceding the nomination. All members are eligible to vote.

Notices of Motion October General Membership Meeting The Executive recommends changing the October General Meeting from October 23, 2013 to October 30, 2013.

Explanation: The General meeting falls within National Convention week in Quebec City where the table officers and many executive and members will be in attendance.

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I can’t thank you enough for your part-time studies award toward my Master of Education degree at UBC. I am a VSB employee, single mother and proud CUPE 15 member of...cripes...15+ years! I feel absolutely privileged to have loved and learned most from opportunities working with children with special needs. Truly, they are my inspiration for my “higher” learning, quests and goals that may benefit them or others like them one day. But, my lessons ‘onthe-ground’ as a CUPE member are priceless. Your moral support throughout the years has been crucial, and now, your practical assistance is invaluable. Thank you, again, on behalf of all those whom I may help with my increased potential. Yours most sincerely, Tricia Foran, SSSA, Vancouver School Board

VSB Job Share Opportunities • School and Student Support A at Queen Mary Elementary. The job share would be Thursdays and Fridays and is 40%, starting on October 1st, 2013 for the whole year. An on call employee is needed to fill this position. Please contact Chloe Lesmeister by email at clesmeister@vsb.bc.ca. • A 60/40 job share position is available beginning September 30, 2013. Please contact Katherine Olivares at kjolivares@ gmail.com or 604-219-3444 for more information. • I am looking for an SSW job share position starting September 2013 or soon after with someone who owns a position. Please contact Judy Heintz - judithlynne57@yahoo. ca or phone 604-873-0105 (home). • My name is Petya Pencheva and I am a casual SSA T6,5 worker for VSB. I am looking for a permanent worker who would like to job share his/her position with me. I can be reached at ppencheva@vsb.bc.ca or 778996-3365.

CUPE 15 is very -able! Are you on Facebook? If so, come join us on our new CUPE 15 Facebook Page. You will find updates, news, and the occasional photo of what we’re up to at your union. Links to local stories and like-minded folks will be posted too. Be sure to share it with your fellow members and friends!

Search CUPE 15 for Facebook, and keep up-todate- on news from your union at: @cupelocal15

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The Executive decided • At the Executive and Society meetings of June 19, July 3, August 21 and September 4, 2013 the following decisions were made: • To appoint Sister Gaye Fowler as a Temporary Staff Representative for two weeks. • To appoint Brother Oliver Cooper to the Parks Labour Management Committee. • To endorse eight resolutions submitted by the National Aboriginal Council for the CUPE National Convention. • To recommend seven Local 15 resolutions for the National Convention to the membership for endorsement. • To donate $500 to the “We are Jose” legal defense fund and to invite a representative to the September General Membership Meeting. • To form a New and Young Workers’ Committee for engagement and outreach and to approve up to $500 for meals and associated costs for the committee. • To donate $1,000 to locked out CUPE 389 workers. • To purchase five tickets to the COPE Summer Celebration fundraising event. • To donate $1,000 to the Pivot Legal Society Hope in Shadows Calendar Project. • To set up a table and book off two people to staff it at Welcome Week at Langara College on September 3-5, 2013. • To purchase six tickets to the Vision Vancouver Back to School BBQ fundraising event. • To purchase PNE fair gate passes and general ride passes to sell to our members at a reduced rate. • To hold the Christmas Train event on November 30th. • To send up to ten members from the Health Care Sector to the Health Care Bargaining Convention on October 11th. • To donate $300 to Protein for People Community Forum – Connecting Labour to Communities, on September 25th. • To purchase up to four tickets to Museum of Vancouver Legacy Dinner on October 2nd. • To purchase four tickets to the 3rd Annual Ken Davidson Memorial CUPE Metro Golf Tournament.

The Members decided At the General Membership Meeting on June 25, 2013 the members in attendance made the following decisions: • To have union representation at the Park Board information training session in September and to provide lunch up to $500. • To endorse the CLC resolution “Standing up for Fairness”. • To endorse the CUPE 15 resolutions to the National Convention. • To donate $1,000 to Out on Screen. • To donate $1,000 to the Coordinated Union Pride Committee for the purpose of handing out swag at the Pride Parade.

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Thank-you, Betty!

Long -time Parks Steward Betty McGee retires

After 24 years Sister Betty McGee is officially retiring at the end of September. Sister McGee served Local 15 in so many ways including as long time Executive member, Bargaining Committee Member, Chief Shop Steward in the Parks Sector - as well as sitting on countless union committees.

Please join Betty in her retirement celebration on Saturday, September 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Grandview Room at the Trout Lake Community Centre. RSVP by September 10th to Trout Lake Community Centre at 604-257-6955.

New Parks Sector Shop Steward Phone Line by Brenda Coombs, Chief Shop Steward, Parks Sector You can now call the union office 24 hours a day. Simply leave a message with your queries and a CUPE steward will be in contact within 1-2 business days. This is a fast and effective way of getting pertinent information from the local and ensuring your issue is promptly addressed. The Steward Line will be in service effective Monday, September 16th. During regular office hours call 604-879-4671 and ask for the Parks Stewards Line. The office assistant will forward your call and you will be prompted to leave a voice message. If you are calling after hours the auto attendant will ask you to enter a four digit extension. Enter 5003 and your call will be transferred to the steward line. One of the Parks Stewards will be in touch shortly either by phone or email. This initiative is to provide members with quick easy access to the local and ensure that our members’ issues are promptly addressed by a designated steward. The line will be monitored in confidence by duly elected CUPE Park Board shop stewards. Your call may subsequently be directed to appropriate CUPE staff depending on the complexity of the issue. We hope this service will provide members with a venue to receive answers to questions about your rights and other issues but just didn’t know who to ask. The union will gain insight into issues in the workplace that need to be resolved, information that may need to be circulated, labour management issues, and future bargaining issues. We hope that this will provide a greater understanding for the members of CUPE 15 about the union’s role in the workplace.

Attention members working at the Park Board, Britannia, Ray-Cam and Little Sprout:

We are launching a Parks Sector Steward phone line for fast access to union information. • Need a question answered? • Want to know what your rights are? • Wonder why you were turned down for a position? • Want to know how to apply for a Leave of Absence? • Don’t understand Earned Days off, Flexible Work Schedules, Compressed Work Weeks? • Don’t know if you have sick leave? What a gratuity day is? When gratuity time can be taken? • Need assistance understanding your holiday or wage entitlement? • What the Respectful Workplace Policy is and when and how does it apply? • Harassment in the workplace, what to do and who to talk to? • The Employer has made a deduction off my pay cheque and I don’t understand why? • Scheduling of hours and what are the rules? • How to file a grievance? Where to get a collective agreement?

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Police Record Checks - City and Parks Advisory submitted by Graeme Moore, Staff Representative

Attention: Members working at the Park Board, Britannia, Ray-Cam and Little Sprout

“We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files…” (Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson) Think of a Police Record Check report as being a dragnet on a fishing trawler: As a dragnet catching everything in the sea. Your Employer is licensed to catch tuna. What to do about the bycatch? Your Employer has no right to catch them. Your Employer says, “Trust us; we’ll dispose of the bycatch properly”. Your Union says, “You should limit your catch to tuna only”. This metaphor describes the problem and the dispute between your Employer and your Union about information set out in Police Record Check reports. Police Record Check reports currently appear to provide more information than the information to which your Employer is entitled to know. Your Employer’s answer is that it will ignore information which it not entitled to know. Your Union doesn’t think your Employer should know information it is not entitled to know.

Incumbents in designated positions are required to obtain and provide their Employer with a Police Record Report. An arbitrator has agreed that your Employer needs to know the following information:

• A conviction for which a pardon has not been granted; • A conditional discharge within three years from the date on which the offender was discharged on the conditions prescribed in a probation order; • An absolute discharge within one year from the date on which the offender was discharged absolutely; • Stays of proceedings within one year from the date the stay was entered; A conviction for which a pardon has been granted where the offence is listed in the Criminal Records Act [sexual offences] and the person works with vulnerable people; A conviction which resulted in a sentence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Canada) for which an adult sentence was imposed, and a conviction which resulted in a disposition, made before April 1, 2003 under the Young Offenders Act (Canada) as it then was, for which an adult sentence was imposed; • An order under sections 810, 810.1 and 810.2 of the Criminal Code, commonly known as peace bonds; • A charge pending disposition.

Police Record Checks, on the other hand, provide the information set out above as well as the following information:

Resource Consultants and Associates handling your Police Record Check report to one Associate and one Consultant, and removes managers who were ‘Department Designates’ from viewing your Police Record Check report. Your Union advocated the removal of Department Designates from the process. Their removal is a welcome development. Centralization does not eliminate, however, your Employer getting information that your Employer is not entitled to know and says that it does not want to know.

• Records of all charges regardless of disposition (but no charges concerning Motor Vehicle Act – violation tickets); • Police records, information and details of allegations of criminal conduct or of statutory offences committed or suspected of having been committed but not charged.

If you are concerned about providing your Employer with information which your Employer has said it does not want, if you want to maintain the privacy to which you are entitled, your Union suggests that you contact the CUPE Local 15 Staff Representative responsible for your business unit; Kevin Tilley if you are a City employee, John Geppert if you are a Parks employee.

Police Record Checks currently appear to provide more information than that to which your Employer is entitled to know. Your Employer may learn about a charge that did not result in a conviction or about a conditional discharge over three years old or an absolute discharge or a stay in proceeding over one year old. Especially troubling is that your Employer may learn about information of an allegation of criminal conduct or of statutory offences that did not result in charges being laid; whose status on Police Record Check report is “No Charges Laid”. Simply put, there is no legitimate reason for your Employer to know about investigations into allegations of criminal conduct or of statutory offences which concluded with no charges laid.

With our assistance, your Employer will get your Police Record Check report with the extraneous information redacted from it. Your Employer may accept the redacted report. In which case, there is no dispute. Your Employer may reject the redacted report and insist upon being provided with the original document, the one that has the information they are not entitled to know. In which case, your Union will grieve and take its grievance to arbitration. The grievance will not be about you not doing what your Employer told you to do, but rather it will be about your Employer demanding information to which it is not entitled to get. Your involvement will be limited. It’s not about you; it’s about protecting members’ privacy rights!

Recently, your Employer has centralized the processing of Police Record Check reports into Human Resource Services, 2nd floor, City Hall. This centralization, your Union understands, reduces the number of Human

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Hospitalized while on Vacation – City and Parks Members submitted by Graeme Moore, Staff Representative

From time to time, vacations are ruined because of illness, injury or medical emergency. Our collective agreement does not deal with what happens to vacation credits when a member is sick or worse while on vacation. There is no contractual obligation on the part of City or Parks to convert vacation to sick leave. There is no Employer issued policy pertaining to sick while on vacation. At best, there is inconsistent practice pertaining to sickness while on vacation. Some business units convert vacation to sick leave when members can show that they were sick while on vacation; many do not – it is a case of ‘too bad, so sad’. Sometimes the decision to convert vacation to sick leave is made by a manager, other times by a bargaining unit supervisor and other times by a payroll clerk. In that there is no collective agreement entitlement, no corporate policy and a mixed bag of practice, your Union cannot compel your Employer to convert vacation to sick leave for members who were sick while on vacation. Moreover, in the absence of a collective agreement provision, corporate policy or established and consistently applied practice, no arbitrator would order your Employer to convert vacation to sick leave.

As of June 14th, your Employer agreed to convert vacation to sick leave when a member can show that she or he was hospitalized while on vacation. Essentially, on a case-by-case basis, requests for conversion should be approved if the member is hospitalized: • Before, during and after vacation without interruption; • Before, and during a vacation without interruption; • During and after a vacation without interruption. • Cancelling vacation travel plans because you are sick in bed at home will not result in conversion. Hospitalization means time spent confined to an institution in which sick or injured persons are under medical observation and are receiving medical or surgical treatment, and includes being held in quarantine detention. Hospital, in your Union’s opinion, includes medical facilities such as small communities’ urgent care centres and cruise ships’ sick bays. In your Union’s opinion, although this LOU is about being hospitalized while on vacation, a significant period of time spent in an emergency ward undergoing tests to determine the nature of an illness or waiting for treatment of an injury should be time converted from vacation to sick. Quarantine means being restricted to a place and denied contact with other persons with the express purpose of preventing the spread of disease. Being treated and sent home to recuperate does not constitute being quarantined. Stuck in your stateroom recovering from severe sea sickness doesn’t constitute being quarantined; however, being shut up in your stateroom because you have the Norwalk virus does. It you have any questions about the application, please contact your Shop Steward.

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Hello Members of the Health Science Professionals:

submitted by Chris Losito, HSPBA Sector Representative I hope you’ve had a great summer! For many of us, unfortunately, the month of September brings the reality of a 5 day work week. This is, of course, because our employer, Vancouver Coastal Health has elected to eliminate the well-established and enjoyed Extended Workday Arrangement (Earned Day Off) for the vast majority of us. In doing so, it is clear the employer has violated the Collective Agreement for many of our members. Therefore, CUPE 15 and the Health Science Professionals’ Bargaining Association (HSPBA) are filing grievances in response. Another highly contentious issue is that of the Influenza Control Program Policy, which was introduced by the employer last fall which threatened the firing of Health Science Professionals who refuse to wear a sticker to declare whether or not they have been vaccinated against the seasonal flu. This policy was grieved by the HSPBA and is currently being heard by an arbitrator. We are hoping to have a favourable decision prior to the upcoming flu season, and any updates will be distributed to you by email and posted at www.cupe15.org as soon as they are known. It is issues like these that serve as a reminder that union representation at each worksite is vital, and we are seriously short of stewards. September is the month of the steward, and I encourage you to volunteer for this important role. The steward is a fact gatherer, a problem solver, a peer counsellor, and a conduit for information between members and their union (and sometimes the employer!). If you would like additional information on how to become a steward, please contact Barb Dickinson, CUPE 15 Secretary Treasurer, at 604879-4671 or bdickinson@cupe15.org, or one of the following Health Science Professionals stewards: Mia Nickel: 604-675-3988 x20338 Chris Losito: 604-233-3106 or chris.losito@yahoo. com Thank you. I welcome your thoughts and questions at any time. Yours in solidarity, Chris Losito HSPBA Sector Representative, CUPE 15 Executive Board

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Truth and Reconcilliation: A Shared Tomorrow WE ARE ELDERS FROM ABORIGINAL AND OTHER ANCIENT HISTORIES WHO CARE ABOUT CANADIANS AND ANSWERED A CALL TO ACTION IN NOVEMBER 2012. FOR TWO DAYS, WE GATHERED ON THE TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES OF THE MUSQUEAM PEOPLE TO EXPLORE HOW RECONCILIATION, AS A WAY OF BEING, CAN HELP OUR SOCIETY MOVE FORWARD. TO THAT END WE HAVE MADE A VIDEO TO EXPLAIN WHO WE ARE AND INVITE YOU TO JOIN US ON THIS PATH. Our purpose is to speak some truths about the trauma of Indian Residential Schools and other atrocities that have been imposed upon humans around the world. As Canadians, we share a responsibility to look after each other and acknowledge the pain and suffering that our diverse societies have endured – a pain that has been handed down to the next generations. We need to right those wrongs, heal together, and create a new future that honours the unique gifts of our children and grandchildren. How do we do this? Through sharing our personal stories, legends and traditional teachings, we found that we are interconnected through the same mind and spirit. Our traditional teachings speak to acts such as holding one another up, walking together, balance, healing, and unity. Our stories show how these teachings can heal their pain and restore dignity. We discovered that in all of our cultural traditions there are teachings about reconciliation, forgiveness, unity, healing and balance. We invite you to search in your own traditions and beliefs, and those of your ancestors, to find these core values that create a peaceful harmonious society and a healthy earth. With those ways of being in mind, join us in facing the challenge of healing Canada of its painful past so we can leave a better future for our children. With those ancient ways in our hearts and the future in our minds, let’s hold hands and walk together. In that spirit, we invite you to join in Reconciliation Canada’s initiatives including the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013 in Vancouver, BC. Signed, LARRY GRANT Musqueam Elder ASHOK MATHUR South Asian artist, writer, and cultural organizer; Director of the Centre for innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC), Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. GRACE EIKO THOMSON Japanese Canadian Historian and Curator; Former President, National Association of Japanese Canadians. WINNIE L. CHEUNG Director & Past President of
the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). FARID ROHANI Bahai; Chair of the Board, Laurier Institution.

LOUISE ROLSTON Member of the United Church of Canada; Former Chancellor of Vancouver School of Theology. DR. MARIE ANDERSON, BSW, MSW, PHD. Cooks Ferry Band, Nlakapmux Tribe; CEO Heywaynoqu Healing Circle For Addiction Society and Co-Developer and Sessional Instructor Chemical Addictions Program, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. YVONNE RIGSBY-JONES Snuneymuxw First Nation; 
Executive Director, 
Tsow-Tun Le Lum. BARNEY WILLIAMS Member of The Indian Residential School Survivors Committee
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Truth and Reconciliation.

ANDY YELLOWBACK Cree Elder, Northern Manitoba

WILLIAM A. WHITE, BA HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY Coast Salish Elder, Tsowtunlelum Elder in Residence/Cultural Resource Worker; Principal Researcher Kwam Kwum Sulitst HIV AIDS Project Cowichan Tribes.

BESSIE YELLOWBACK, BSW, RSW Gitxsan First Nation
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society
Resource Social Worker.

CHIEF DR. ROBERT JOSEPH Gwawaenuk Elder; Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada; Indian Residential Schools Survivor Society.

ROBBIE WAISMAN Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society For Education and Remembrance

Supporting the K-12 Strike Action

BURNABY – More than 100 members of CUPE 379 launched a day of strike actions June 25th with a study session at their maintenance yard. They were joined by CUPE K-12 colleagues in Vancouver, New West, Richmond, Delta and Surrey. All are activating their strike mandates, voted on after the breakdown of talks with local school boards. Talks at the provincial bargaining table broke down in April with virtually no progress made towards a new contract.

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Updates & Credits

The Members’ Voice is published nine times a year for members of CUPE Local 15 - Vancouver Municipal, Education and Community Workers. The deadline for submissions is 9:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. All submissions may be edited for brevity and clarity. Signed articles and letters do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of CUPE Local 15.

CUPE BC has a big presence at the 2013 Pride Parade! CUPE BC was proud to join with CUPE members from throughout the Lower Mainland to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pride in Vancouver. On Sunday August 4 the annual parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and did not disappoint with fabulous floats, dancers and marchers.

CUPE Local 15

545 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K9 Phone: 604-879-4671 Fax: 604-879-7582 Email: email@cupe15.org Website: www.cupe15.org Local 15 is a chartered affiliate of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and is also affiliated with the CUPE British Columbia Division, CUPE Metro District Council, the Vancouver & District Labour Council, and the BC Federation of Labour. CUPE 15 is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM).

CUPE Local 15 Executive Board Table Officers: President: Leanne Toderian 1st Vice President: Miriam Pulsifer 2nd Vice President: Sally Bankiner Interim Secretary Treasurer: Barb Dickinson

Sector Representatives:

City: Dierdre Bradshaw, Tony Zullo College/University: Peter Huron, Emma Somers Cultural: Rory Gylander Health/HSSCBA: Vacant Health/HSPBA: Chris Losito Parks: Barb Dickinson, Oliver Cooper K-12: Peggy Wong, Joey Lau

Trustees:

Kenny Brett, Ravina Lal, Karla Mairena

Staff Representatives: Kathie Currie, John Geppert, Graeme Moore, Kevin Tilley

Office & Administrative Staff:

Mark Gloumeau, Accounting Coordinator Rosemary Matheson, Office Manager Barbara Simpson, Office Assistant Nadia Thibault, Office Assistant

Building Maintenance: Jeff Zaharia

CUPE National Representatives:

Troy Clifford, Heather Inglis, Julie Roberts, Susan Zander

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