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Links to the latest K-12 updated information on COVID-19

Information about health region protocols and the current COVID-19 school exposures by district:

January 18, 2021

Dear Members,

The following information is from CUPE BC K-12 Presidents Council

SSEAC Training Survey
CUPE, other support staff Unions and BCPSEA are jointly launching a survey with a view to soliciting input to help define priorities for, and interest in, support staff training and upgrading. This survey will help inform the work of the Support Staff Education Committee (SSEC) which was struck as per item 6 of the Provincial Framework Agreement. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and is open until February 8, 2021. If you have any questions regarding this survey please contact President Tammie Koroluk at president@cupe523.com

Free Online Presentation
A light-hearted approach to the serious subject of Mental Health
Please join us on January 19 at 5:30–7:00 PM (Pacific Time) for an online presentation with counsellor and stand-up comedian David Granirer and his Stand-up for Mental Health comics. Q&A to follow. The presentation is open to CUPE K-12 members. Find detailed information at bcschools.cupe.ca
Click below to Register for this presentation:
You will receive an email with your own unique link:
Your K-12 sector coordinators appreciate the assistance of CUPE BC to bring this important topic to members.

K-12 Presidents Council Website
For detailed information regarding the above event and survey please click on the following website https://bcschools.cupe.ca/

CUPE Local 523
For detailed information and contact numbers for each Unit, please click on the following website https://523.cupe.ca/

January 14, 2021

K-12 Bulletin #48 Stop Contracting Out

January 12, 2021

K-12 Bulletin #47

K-12 Members get the Message Out!


As we continue to face COVID-19 together and begin to prepare for collective bargaining next year, we will have many opportunities to reach our members, employers, K-12 partners and the public. We need to let everybody know who we are and that our work is crucial to education. It benefits our families and communities

January 6, 2021

K-12 Bulletin #45-Jan-6

Federal grant money being released to districts. 

Local surveys coming soon!

On behalf of your K-12 Presidents Council executive, I want to wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year!
With vaccines now being rolled out in B.C., hopefully 2021 will be a brighter and safer year for all.

We hope everyone had a re-energizing winter break.

K-12 #41_Bulletin CUPE K-12 Goes Social

New coordinators assigned to K-12 sector.

K-12 – 39 Bulletin CUPE Roles and EAs

This bulletin explains the roles that CUPE fulfills for members in K-12, and specifically what that means for EAs. CUPE National Reps, Specialist Reps and Sector Co-ordinators support locals in bargaining and enforcing collective agreements.

BK-12 -40 Bulletin_Minister_Whiteside

A warm welcome to Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside.

Mental Health Resources & Social Support
  • Crisis Centre: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • 310-Mental Health Support: 310 6789
  • B.C. 211 hotline for seniors: Call 2-1-1
  • Nurse’s Hotline: 8-1-1
  • Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
  • Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral Service: 1-800-663-1441


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CUPE Local 523 Structure

CUPE 523 has two community social services Units and three school district Units

Our Community Social Service Units are:

Our School District Units are: